Earlier this month, Auburn Mayor Nancy Backus asked area residents to provide feedback on this question: Should there be a solid waste transfer station in Auburn? On April 11, she posted 27 responses on the “Mayor’s Feedback Requests” page of the City of Auburn’s website. All 27 were opposed to a transfer station in Auburn. A large majority addressed the proposed North Auburn site at 28721 West Valley Highway. Here’s a sampling of responses:
Marilyn N.: This facility would be noisy, unattractive, and a real detriment to our neighborhood. We would have never bought a new or existing home in this area had we known a landfill would be placed right below or in close proximity to where we live. We don’t want to hear it all night long and don’t need the traffic in the area that a facility like this would bring.
Julie M.: This will destroy my property value, put excessive traffic on West Valley, bring noxious birds to the area, destroy owl habitat and basically ruin North Auburn.
Kathleen C.: Last year I learned that the current Algona site services 2,700 vehicles each week. I can’t imagine the impact this would have on Auburn if the 28721 West Valley site is chosen. . . It is once again time for Auburn to give an emphatic “NO” to King County. The Algona site is a viable option and the location appears to have worked well for the past 50 years. I support continued opposition to any Auburn siting.
Cathy B.: I am writing to express my strong opposition to siting a transfer station at 28721 West Valley Highway in North Auburn. I cannot overstate what a bad idea I think this is, and I am mystified as to why King County Solid Waste would even be considering this as a transfer station site. . . Please consider what a negative impact this could have on the businesses, homes, and wildlife in this area.
Susanne M.: Thank you for asking for feedback on the proposed dump in Auburn. My family, my neighbors and I STRONGLY OPPOSE this site. We ask that you do all in your power to stop it from ruining the precious land and habitat on the site.
Diane C.: I am very concerned that this site is even being considered. I trust you will ensure the transfer station is situated in a more appropriate place.
Deidre D.: This is absolutely the wrong location in this fertile historic valley. This would have a huge negative effect on business, residential and roads in this area.
Susan W.: I live up the hill from the proposed site at 28721 West Valley. It does not make sense to me to put a new dump site there when they can just put it near the existing site. The proposed site is too near neighborhoods and schools.
Doreen D.: Thank you for asking for input from those that you serve. It gives people a voice and a sense of involvement in their community as well as a belief that our elected officials are listening. With that being said, I would like to once again state my opposition to placing a transfer station in my backyard and in your backyard that you serve as well. . . Let’s reduce, reuse and remodel the current site in Algona.
Michael D.: Why are we still considering putting the transfer station at the North Auburn proposed site? This option was not even on the table on the first round of “best locations.” Putting it here will impact the homeowners, wetland, and traffic in an already busy location. The road cannot handle this, nor can the residents of northern Auburn. It defies logic, so let’s be sensible and expand the Algona site.
Jeaninne W.: We already have more traffic on West Valley Highway than it can handle in this area. Try driving this road the from 3-6 PM, the transfer station would add approximately 385 additional cars per day to the this road that is already congested. If you add an accident on 167 then traffic detours to West Valley Highway. It will take hours for people to get through the congestion.
Cyndie K.: Please support the initiative to oppose this location. I am a resident of Auburn and this area is close to many neighborhoods and will decrease the quality of life for many families. This area is obviously wetlands and the roads cannot support the kind of traffic associated with a DUMP. In addition, the cost is outrageous!!!
Myron L.: We should be conserving tax dollars, not spending them on this new project. There is sufficient land to expand the existing station [in Algona and it] would be a third as expensive.
Cindy F.: Building another supersized transfer station in Auburn is not the answer. A remodel of Algona and redirecting some of the hauled garbage is the responsible answer. Some garbage, such as Federal Way’s garbage, could be rerouted to Bow Lake. The current Algona site could be remodeled, and if needed, expansion could occur on the adjacent multi-acre property which King County Solid Waste already owns! King County Solid Waste estimated an Algona remodel would be approximately $10 Million. Remodeling Algona and redirecting garbage traffic so the system is balanced could mean building a transfer system that is functionally, environmentally and economically friendly. And King County could save over $100 million in capital costs!
John B.: A garbage transfer station is a harmful addition to the City of Auburn, for its citizens, business and property owners. We ask for the City of Auburn’s continued leadership opposing and protecting the City from the siting a garbage transfer station in North Auburn.
You can read the responses to Mayor Backus in their entirety here.