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2019-08-27 MINUTES 1 <br />COMMISSIONERS' MINUTES KITTITAS COUNTY, WASHINGTON COMMISSIONER’S AUDITORIUM SPECIAL MEETING TUESDAY 1:30 P.M. AUGUST 27, 2019 <br />Board members present: Chairman Cory Wright and Commissioner Laura <br />Osiadacz. Absent: Vice-Chairman Brett Wachsmith. <br /> <br />Others: Julie Kjorsvik, Clerk of the Board; Tristen Lamb, Public <br />Health Administrator; Jesse Cox, Environmental Health Supervisor; <br />Dr. Mark Larson, Health Official and 2 members of the public. <br /> SPECIAL MEETING ONSITE SEPTIC RULE COMMISSIONERS <br /> <br />At 1:30 p.m. Chairman Wright opened a Special Meeting for a follow <br />up discussion on recommended language for Onsite Septic Rules. <br /> <br />Jesse Cox, Environmental Health Supervisor provided information <br />about the Onsite Septic Rules. Tristen Lamb, Public Health <br />Administrator said the Rules would go into effect in 2021. She said <br />the State Department Health is moving forward with draft language <br />however, it doesn’t mean they have to accept everything that’s been <br />submitted by the committees. <br /> <br />Commissioner Osiadacz said when it comes time to draft a response, <br />she’d like to make sure that the funding issues are addressed and <br />those impacts to counties. She felt if Kittitas County was forced <br />into it she’d like to make it both as inexpensive as possible for <br />homeowners and efficient timewise for the citizens and the County. <br />Chairman Wright agreed with the issues surrounding funding <br />especially since there are other areas in Public Health that are <br />already struggling with funding issues. He asked what the penalty <br />would be if it wasn’t followed. Mr. Cox said he wasn’t certain <br />however, it may fall within the Growth Management Act and the County <br />could potentially be sued. He said if a citizen didn’t follow it <br />either, they could potentially be held accountable as well. <br /> <br />Mr. Cox said the comment period begins today and runs to October. <br />The Board of County Commissioners agreed to have a letter drafted <br />with comments and to include unfunded mandates. Commissioner <br />Osiadacz commented on the irony of increased costs to building and <br />housing for citizens, and yet the State is putting forth more <br />regulations resulting in additional costs. <br /> <br />The Public Health Department will draft a letter as well and they <br />will let the Commissioners know where the comments need to be sent. <br /> <br />Meeting adjourned at 1:54 p.m.