On October 4, North Bend City Council will vote to approve a contract for a certified, third-party appraiser (Terra) to estimate the value of Sallal Water Association’s assets as they relate to real property, buildings and equipment. If approved, the appraisal marks a key milestone in the intended water system consolidation. For more details on this milestone, see our recent press release.
Moving forward, the City will continue to coordinate with Sallal on the options detailed below. We will post regular updates to this website and other outlets as soon as more information becomes available.
On Tuesday, August 16, Mayor Rob McFarland attended a meeting of the Board of Directors of the Sallal Water Association and offered on behalf of the City of North Bend to purchase Sallal for its full fair market value to be determined by a certified appraiser. Under this scenario, each Sallal member would receive a payout for their investment in the system and would be automatically enrolled as a City water customer.
This purchase would combine the Sallal water system with the City’s water system (see option 2 on the graphic below). The City provides safe, clean drinking water to the majority of the City and to areas outside of the City within what’s known as the “urban growth area.” Sallal, a private entity, provides drinking water to the southeastern part of the City and a larger area outside of the City. The consolidated water system would ensure that all current and future water customers are able to get the water they need when they need it.
While we believe consolidation is the best option for our community, the City remains open to a water supply agreement with Sallal under the terms currently offered. Both options are described below:
2022 Water Capacity - City of North Bend and Sallal Water Association
North Bend can increase water supply to Sallal as soon as the Sallal Board of Directors approves the offer to purchase. While Sallal is a privately-owned water system, it has legal responsibilities to provide water within its service area, which includes areas within North Bend’s city limits and within North Bend’s urban growth area. Sallal’s unwillingness to meet these legal responsibilities impacts citizens and businesses across our community.
For a message directly from Mayor Rob McFarland, please see the August Quarterly Message from the Mayor.
The City recommends consolidation of the two water systems for the following reasons:
* The Growth Management Act (GMA) is a series of state statutes, first adopted in 1990, that requires fast-growing cities and counties to develop a comprehensive plan every 10 years to manage their population growth. The comprehensive plan creates growth management areas within a City for concentrated urban growth.
To learn more, please visit the Water FAQ page where you will find a wide range of questions and answers regarding both the East North Bend water update, as well as general City water FAQs.
The following resources provide helpful background information on this decision.
If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact us:
Bre Keveren City of North Bend Communications Manager email@example.com (425) 888-7669