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City will continue fight over Warner

Avenue

By Kevin Hanson

The Courier-Herald

Motorists who travel Warner Avenue east of state Route 410 generally have a smooth ride - except for one stretch that can nearly rattle car doors off their hinges.

And that's precisely the section of Warner that has caused a minor rift between the city of Enumclaw and King County. Actually, it's a rift that's $300,000 wide.

The section of Warner Avenue under consideration sits between Watson and Blake streets. It serves as a dividing line between between the city and country and, because it's in dire need of repair, there was an informal agreement that King County would help pay for resurfacing.

Though nothing has been formally OK'd by the Metropolitan King County Council, the city had been told the county would kick in $300,000 toward the project.

Things got sticky earlier this year when City Hall got word that the county was yanking its contribution toward the Warner Avenue project. Members of the Enumclaw City Council drafted a letter asking the county to honor its earlier commitment.

Nothing has happened, but the deal's not dead, according to Enumclaw City Administrator Mark Bauer. "We've been in contact with Councilman Hammond's office," he said. "They're going to fight the battle for us."

Steve Hammond represents the Plateau area on the 13-member King County Council. Also, he's a resident of rural Enumclaw.

Kevin Hanson can be reached at khanson@courierherald.com

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