City likely to settle lawsuit

March 8, 2014

By Administrator

March 8, 3:14 p.m.

Sammamish looks likely to join a group of other cities in choosing to settle a lawsuit with the state.

The state Department of Ecology issued regulations under the Federal Clean Water Act, which deal with stormwater discharge.

The group of cities generally believed the regulations were too strict, and sued the state over them. In the course of the suit, some issues have been ruled on by the court, while others are pending.

Now the state and the localities have reached broad terms for settling the lawsuit. The Sammamish City Council agreed Feb. 11 to the broad terms on a 6-0 vote, with Councilman Ramiro Valderrama not in attendance.

After all jurisdictions involved agree to the broad terms, the state will negotiate the specifics. The Sammamish council will then have the opportunity to see the specific terms and decide if it should approve the settlement.

City Manager Ben Yazici noted that while the city sometimes takes heat for its environmental regulations, this settlement reflects an unfunded mandate with which the city must comply.

“In this particular instance, you really don’t have any options,” Yazici said.

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