Grant PUD Commissioners and Crescent Bar Island residents are reviewing the terms of a proposed settlement agreement in relation to their ongoing federal lawsuit.
According to the Grant PUD, pending approval of the agreement by U.S. District Court Judge Justin Quackenbush, the residents will be allowed to remain in their existing residential areas as long as they pay fair-market rent to the utility retroactive to 2012. The terms of the settlement restore public access to 80 percent of what was formerly under lease. Under the agreement, future lease areas will be limited to the residential footprint of the condominiums and the north and south RV parks.
The lease term will coincide with Grant PUD's federal license to operate on the Priest Rapids Project which will expire in 2052. However, the utility retains the right to terminate the lease as early as 2027 with five year's notice given in 2042. Grant PUD said island residents will pay annual rent, to be determined by two independent third-part appraisals.