Trident and Morey’s in Motley to be assessed for new WWTP

By Tina SnellStaff Writer

The two largest industries in Motley, Morey’s Seafood International and Trident Seafoods, will each be assessed for the city’s new wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) beginning in 2013. Since the city determined that without the two large industries, there would have been no reason to update the plant, no other businesses will be assessed.

City Clerk Terri Smith said the improvements to the WWTP were generated due to the flow amounts received from the two companies and the strength of those flows.

Morey’s $1.077 million assessment and Trident’s $858,000 assessment was based on the original $2.8 million cost of the WWTP. Thanks to a grant from the Minnesota Public Facilities Authority, the two assessments will be reduced by $125,000 each. Smith will see to the reduction before the assessment is certified to the county.

Each assessment will be payable over a period of 20 years, in equal annual installments. The first of those installments are payable to the city on or before Monday,  Jan. 7, 2013.

The payments will include a 3 percent annual interest rate.

Nevertheless, the assessed amount will still be certified to the property in the event the business closes. That way, the assessment will not be the responsibility of the city’s taxpayers in the future.

“The amount assessed was established during several meetings between Widseth Smith Nolting Engineers and the two companies,” said Smith. “It was based on information received from Morey’s and Trident on the history of the flow and the strength of flow of wastewater from each company. It also took into account the future needs of each company.”

Prior to the certification of the assessment to the Morrison County auditor in November, Morey’s or Trident may pay their entire assessment, with interest accrued to the date of the payment. At any time, the companies may pay the city the entire remaining amount, with interest accrued to Dec. 31 of that year.

No interest will be added to the assessed amount if paid within 30 days of the adoption of the resolution (Oct. 9).

Motley City Council briefs

Other business conducted by the Motley City Council Tuesday night included:

• Reading a request from city resident Ben Spilman to reroute the truck traffic in and out of industrial park to eliminate a portion of the noise during the 2012 street project. He asked that trucks enter the park on one street and exit on another. The Council will investigate which streets will best be able to handle full loads.

Spilman also requested the city enforce operating times for the trucks, preferably no earlier than 7 a.m. and no later than 10 p.m.;

• Voting to pay to Feldt Plumbing LLC of Detroit Lakes $311,541.95, the third payment for the 2012 street project;

• Granting Feldt Plumbing LLC another 30 days to complete the 2012 street project. The company cited delays, extra work requested by the city, miscalculations on soil borings and changes to the original plan as reasons for the extension. These issues included improper insulation issues, adjustments to water mains and traffic control;

• Setting the public hearing concerning the assessments on the 2012 street project for Friday, Nov. 9, at 6:30 p.m.;

• Granting St. Michael’s Catholic Church a gambling permit for a turkey bingo event Sunday, Nov. 11;

• Learning the Water Treatment Facility Committee chose Bolton and Menk Engineering Company, Baxter, to create a report on what improvements to the plant are needed and if those improvements are feasible;

• Setting Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 7:05 p.m. for the hearing to certify unpaid utility bills;

• Learning the 2012 Motley Fire Department Relief Associations’s 2012 municipal contribution comes to $5,622;

• Learning Morrison County accepted the $1,000 offer from the city to purchase the 6.4 acres of land known as at Mill Pond on the south end of Motley. Plans are to create a park; and

• Voting to spend $1,500 on six filters for the wastewater treatment facility, bringing the total cost to $2.650 million.

The next regular City Council meeting will be held at the Motley City Hall Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m.