Letter to the Editor,
At the November 21 Chewelah City Council meeting they proposed the introduction of Ordinance #849. This is to convey title to ownership of all the roads, easements, ingress and egress. They will be deeded to the City of Chewelah at the Golf Course in the City limits of Chewelah’s North. The City Administrator told the public this was for plowing and maintaining the roads.
This is what the City Administrator failed to tell us! The roads are not in compliance with City standards and will cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to bring up to code. Once the City owns these streets and easements, we will be responsible for them. If Main Street cost over one million dollars to do, how many millions will the Golf Course roads cost? Finishing these roads to City ordinance or compliance is not the taxpayer’s responsibility; it is the developer’s.
In a time when the City is laying off three employees, cutting funding for the Library, closing the City Pool, and we are selling off City Property – then we want to give the developers of Chewelah Golf and Country Club several million in freebies? This will be an economic burden on the taxpayers of Chewelah for many years to come!