Tribes advised of project delay


Coulee Dam Mayor Quincy Snow, Greg Wilder and Elmer City Councilmember Larry Holford all met with the Colville Tribes Community Development Committee Tuesday to discuss the proposed wastewater treatment facility.

The meeting, originally set for 9:30 a.m. was rescheduled at Snow’s request for 9 a.m.

He told the group that the town had decided to delay proceeding with the facility plan, taking 90 days to get a fresh look at it, and he encouraged the Colville Tribes to participate.

Holford and Wilder, who were expecting the meeting to begin at 9:30 a.m., were advised by a tribal official of the change and hurried to the Colville Business Council meeting room to participate in the discussions.

Holford said that the two of them got there for only a portion of Snow’s discussion, and that he abruptly left when he had finished.

Holford said Wilder then explained to the group that the delay in planning would give everyone time to study the plan.

Mayor Snow couldn’t be reached for comment Tuesday.

The Coulee Dam Town Council Monday voted to delay planning for at least 90 days.

The Indian Health Service has expressed interest in project and could provide partial funding.

Town officials have attended two meetings with a range of parties, including the Bureau of Reclamation, and are interested in obtaining some financial partners for the project.

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