Millpond residents don’t want sewer and water responsibility

By Tina SnellStaff Writer

The Motley City Council was asked Tuesday night to take over ownership of the water and sewer on Millpond Street.

Millpond Town Home Association spokesperson John Peterson said the residents own the water and sewer under the street, but don’t want it. The group wishes to give it to the city at no cost.

“We want the same deal as the rest of the city,” he said. “We want the city to take responsibility (for what’s under the road) and we will take responsibility for the road to our homes. We want you to take it over.”

Peterson also said the residents do not want their street widened.

“We are content with the fact that Millpond Street is not wide enough to be called a ‘street.’ We don’t want it torn up, nor do we care if it’s not plowed and wouldn’t care if the city called it an ‘alley,’ he said.

Council Members all had an opinion, and the consensus was varied.

“We would want a report from the engineers that designed the sewer and water to ensure it was installed correctly,” said Mayor Nancy Nieken.

Maintenance Supervisor Wayne Barros said tests could be taken to ensure it was installed correctly.

Council Member Rob Sampson said he would like to consult with an attorney.

“We need to know what we are taking over. We need to look at the governing body’s charter. We don’t want any unknown burdens,” he said.

Sampson said this needs to be done right, the council needs to know where everything is under the street and thought a flushable line needed to be installed.

Council Member Pat O’Regan said the city would have the right to access the water and sewer.

“You need to understand what you’re offering and what your responsibilities are. We may have to tear up the street in the future,” he said.

A work session was scheduled for Monday at 7 p.m. at City Hall. The Council requested that two Millpond residents also attend the meeting.

“We want both sides to be happy,” O’Regan said. He also requested a report from the city’s attorney.