SEATTLE The Port of Seattle has hired a former Seattle City Councilman to help in their fight over the proposed Seattle Arena.

The Port confirms Peter Steinbrueck was hired Monday to work on issues related to the SODD arena issue. Steinbrueck says he will work as a strategic advisor for the Port on land use and growth planning development issues.

Steinbrueck says the contract will run to the end of the year, and he will be paid up to $40,000.

He denies he was on the Port payroll back on June 19, when he made a scathing presentation about the Arena proposal, and suggested it potentially violated current city codes and regulations. Those claims have since been dismissed by Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, and the Seattle Department of Planning and Development, which is in charge of code enforcement. The Seattle City Council, and King County Council have also since not brought up the question in any public forum.

Port spokesperson Charla Skaggs also confirmed the hiring, and said the contract was signed on Monday.

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