Rural BV residents meet with City, sewer decision on hold

Thursday, October 9, 2008

The Buena Vista Board of Supervisors decided to delay a decision on an engineering firm for the sanitary sewer project until after meetings are completed this week between Storm Lake City officials and residents south of the lake.

Voluntary annexation is expected to be part of the discussions, which continue tonight. The outcome of the meetings this could change how the board proceeds, supervisors said. Supervisor Paul Merten said in talking to residents he had learned many of them didn't wish to annex. He said he the City could make a pitch for annexing but didn't feel it would change resident's minds.

Iowa Lakes Regional Water contacted the Supervisors and said they'd be willing to work with Kuehl and Payer on the sewer project. Supervisor Ken Hach said he felt that such a partnering on the project would be the good decision. "I'd like to keep Kuehl and Payer involved because they're local," said Merten. The board has eliminated another engineering firm from consideration.

Environmental Health Director Kim Johnson reported that she was had received several more questionnaires back from residents. The Board said they were pleased with the "very good" return rate of about 60 percent.

Johnson said new legislation on properties' sewer systems at time of transfer will go into effect in July 2009, however, says a final draft on how the systems will be inspected has yet to be seen.

The Board decided to hold off for a few weeks accepting a petition by former Supervisor Bill Lanphere on creation of a new sewer district.

Lanphere said he had received the signatures needed from property owners at Casino Beach, and said the board could possible expand it to include Lake Creek. Merten said the soonest an election could be held would be March.

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