Swanville warned of changes to be placed on sewer permit

By Liz Verley, Staff Writer

Swanville’s City Council learned Wednesday, that its sewer permit from Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) will have changes. One being the City’s classification will be changed from a Class C to a Class B and the discharge will have to be tested every day.

At the present time the City’s maintenance supervisor, Brian Zapzalka, has a Class C operator’s license.

Zapzalka would be allowed to operate under his present license if the proper contacts are made. He said he felt the city was being discriminated against as nothing has changed at the sewer plant and its way of operating.

Under the permit, which will be issued after the first of the new year, Zapzalka could continue to monitor the discharge as he presently is doing for one year and then it would have to be done daily.

Zapzalka said this would cost at least an extra $7,000 a year and take up approximately three – four hours a day of his time.

Mayor Sandy Peterson suggested possibly contracting out the monitoring. Zap- zalka said there was no one available who had a Class B license and that expense would exceed an additional $20,000 per year.

Zapzalka thought contacting legislators to express concerns and to see what could be done was in order.

Councilman Jim Molitor suggested contacting an attorney who specializes in these matters to see what can be done. Molitor will contact an attorney and report his findings to the council.

Swanville City Council Briefs

On Wednesday, the Swanville City Council:

• Reviewed the City’s insurance coverage in preparation of renewing its coverage. Insurance representative Julie Zupko explained the premium for the upcoming year is unknown at this time but should be available within the next month;

• Heard the needed roadwork on Spring Brook Road was completed;

• Heard Duane Johnson, representing the Swanville Lions Club, request funding for new carpeting and a new vacuum cleaner for the park building. The council approved the expenditure in the amount of approximately $5,000. The work is to be done after the new year;

• Adopted the Government Accounting Standards Boards (GASB 54) policy which describes fund balance reporting and governmental fund type definitions; and

• Heard the new city hall sign will soon have a light on it.

The next regular meeting of the Swanville City Council will be held Tuesday, Dec. 4, with a public hearing at 7:15 p.m. on the annexing of the school land.