City-Mill Water Leases 1928-2020

PT AirWatchers has located and posted all four water leases between the City and the mill at  so that you can read for yourself the evolving arrangement.  They are dated 1928, 1944, 1956 and 1983, and take us through March 15, 2020,

1904. City completes the Snow Creek pipeline which had been started by the Spring Valley Water Company and is the system that still serves City water customers. The pipe is 6in diameter. (source: )

1928. Lease Agreement No. 1. 30 years, June 1, 1926 – May 31, 1956.

At its own cost and in order to accommodate a new paper mill (the National Paper Company), City to build The Big Quilcene Extension, a 30in dia pipe from the Big Quil to Snow Creek and thence parallels the existing City water system for much of the distance. According to PT City website, it is built with cooperative engineering between the City and the new mill. Specifics of the arrangement are not in the 1928 water lease but presumably in related resolutions and ordinances. Respective cost & maintenance burdens spelled out in lease.

1944. Lease Agreement No. 2. 10 additional years.  Through October 1, 1968. (See item 2. in lease.)

City to repair/replace sections of the system, and acknowledges present mill owners as Crown Zellerbach Corporation. Further cost burden and maintenance responsibilities spelled out.

1956. Lease Agreement No. 3. 44 years. March 13, 1956-March 15, 2000. 

City to spend $2.2 million on betterments to the parts of the water system that the mill uses. Rent schedule & considerations deem rent paid in full on March 15, 1968, and requires none further through the end of the lease. 

1983. Lease Agreement No. 4. 20 additional years. Dated December 1, 1983, goes through March 15, 2020.

Extends the lease with no additional rent required from the mill to the City. Cost burden and maintenance responsibilities slightly tweaked, but majority still rests on City.

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