Lakeside city officials will resume discussion tonight of building water and sewer plant facilities of their own. Bad weather hampered the planning last week.
Currently the City of Lakeside purchases its water from the City of Storm Lake and sends sewage to the Storm Lake wastewater treatment plant, however, over the past year Mayor Gene Mandernach says Lakeside officials have been contemplating pursuing their own systems.
The city's contract with Storm Lake is about to come due, and residents face paying a premium price for their water. Lakeside officials think rates could be less expensive if they have their own facilities, especially if federal grant money can be obtained for construction.
The City Council will meet tonight with engineers from DGR and Associates from Rock Rapids, for some preliminary planning to learn what systems would be a good option for the City. Mandernach says they will also be meeting with Arnold Thomas, a Rural Development Representative with USDA who will discuss possible funding resources. Mandernach says he hopes they'd be able to benefit from the recent federal stimulus package. Initial costs would likely be several million if both facilities were built.
Mandernach says the City is satisfied with the Storm Lake services it has shared for many years, but is just interested in pursing different possibilities for the best deal for the residents of the small community. No land has yet been obtained for water or sewer facilities construction.
Storm Lake and Buena Vista County have also been looking at the opportunity of possibly providing sewer services around to the south side of the lake, with new regulations requiring home septic systems to pass an inspection before a home can change hands.
The council also hopes to meet with new Buena Vista County Sheriff Gary Launderville Tuesday about a new contract for services. Currently the City pays the Sheriff's department for police services provided and has no officers of its own.