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4/25/2013 2:44:00 PM
$30,000 for sewer, water hook-ups near the school

by Ken Haggerty

A group of about a dozen property owners on the south side of Hwy. 19 across from the Cannon Falls schools could face charges of about $30,000 to hook-up to the city's sewer and water system, but the city council may give them a deferment period (five to ten years were discussed at the April 16 council meeting) to hook-up.

The existing homes that would be effected are located between 71st Avenue Way and 72nd Avenue Way. They were annexed from Cannon Falls Township into the city of Cannon Falls around 2006 to accommodate a developer who had made plans for a residential development on a 49 acre farmland parcel east of 72nd Avenue Way. The developer had assured the residents he would bear the major portion of any new city utility costs, but the development never materialized and the developer is now out of the picture.

The city is making sewer and water upgrades to other nearby neighborhoods on the East Side this summer and figures this could be the most affordable time to extend sewer and water to the parcels, which currently have individual septic systems and wells, said city administrator Aaron Reeves.

Reeves said estimated costs to run the sewer and water mains underneath Hwy. 19 and layout lines ready to be hooked into by individual homes would cost about $354,000. The 49 acre vacant parcel would be assessed about $168,000 of this cost, with an estimated seven lots in that parcel ready to be served and future lots in that parcel assessed a share of getting the mains under the highway. The existing homes between 71st and 72nd would be assessed about $19,000 each. When those homes would look to hook-up, an additional $10,000 in costs would be incurred, according to estimates by the city.

Reeves said he will ask the County to assess the condition of the existing septic systems to help give Council members an idea of how long a period they would like to allow before requiring hook-ups. The city would carry the costs until hook-ups are made.

Council member LeRoy McCusker asked if paving the roads (they currently are gravel) would make sense at this time. Reeves said the city recognizes that this was an unwanted annexation and that the streets to not tie into any other city streets, so to try and keep the financial burden down on the homeowners, they are not requiring any street, curb, gutter or storm water upgrades at this time. If the 49 acre parcel is developed in the future, the city would probably then require those upgrades.

Mike and Clarice McNamara, Marlan Husaby and Mike Haase were among the residents who spoke asking that the city, in considering a hook-up deferment period, recognize they have been paying higher taxes for seven years now with no city sewer or water service and limited road maintenance. Haase said it makes little sense to require a shut down of a perfectly fine working septic system or well.

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