The Okanogan County commissioners have negotiated an extension until Aug. 5 on an agreement for the potential purchase of 540 acres above the town of Methow for a gravel pit. The agreement sets the price at $1 million.
At a public hearing last week, the commissioners said they wanted more time to research costs of the gravel pit and alternative sources of rock, and to address community concerns over the proposed pit.
If the county goes forward with the agreement, it would have 180 days to do an environmental review and apply for a conditional-use permit. If that evaluation shows that the property won’t meet the county’s needs, the purchase-and-sale agreement would be terminated.
The agreement is with Claude Miller, who owns four parcels the county is considering purchasing for the gravel pit.