By Tina Snell, Staff Writer
The Motley City Council voted Tuesday night to extend the storm water sewer on Eledredge Street. It will extend 1/2 block from Third Avenue past property owned by St. John’s Lutheran Church to the Steve and Denise Bickford property. The Bickfords and St. John’s will be assessed 30 percent of the cost.
The Bickfords had asked the city for a variance to erect two commercial warehousing (mini-storage) buildings on their property on Third Avenue and Eledredge Street, to the east of St. John’s Lutheran Church. They requested that one of the proposed buildings be 4 feet into the city’s right of way when there is currently a 1-foot setback required by the city.
The Planning and Zoning Commission had tabled their request for more information on storm water management.
With no place for water to go from the roof of the building except to puddle on the street, it was suggested the storm sewer on Eledredge be extended west at the city’s expense.
Council Member Rob Sampson disagreed with the city paying the full cost. He said that with other street improvements, the property owners were assessed and therefore, the property owners should be assessed for this project.
“If this is to be done correctly, the city should add curbing to the road. Otherwise there will be washouts,” said Sampson.
Maintenance Supervisor Wayne Barros said it would cost approximately $10 per foot for curb, but also reminded the Council that the road is more than 30 years old.
“We could add curb and gutter when we redo the street,” said Council Member Pat O’Regan.
Widseth Smith Nolting Engineer Aric Welch told the Council to be careful not to max out the holding pond with too much water.
“It could be overloaded with too much water and there is no outlet,” he said. “This all depends on how much impervious surface is added.”
The Bickfords’ request to erect the buildings was granted by the Council on a unanimous vote contingent on the design being changed to ensure the buildings are within the property lines, the access from Highway 10 be one-way, the entrance from Eledredge Street be moved and the storm water issue be resolved along with gutters added to the north side of the north building.
Motley City Council briefs
Other business conducted by the Motley City Council Tuesday night included:
• Hearing from Maintenance Supervisor Wayne Borros that the city’s water plant needs a new computer system. The equipment is 20 years old and outdated and he is unable to find replacement parts or people to refit it. He said the interface has gone bad and his department is unable to control or see what is going on in the system, take any control or set any parameters.
Borros also said the water filter is not working properly and doesn’t remove the manganese as well as it once did.
“Groundbreaking for the proposed new water plant will not take place until spring at the earliest,” he said. “It’s estimated that construction will take 1 1/2 years.” He said the problems with the current plant need to be addressed now;
• Learning if the city lifted a ban on bow hunting within city limits to appease the property owners who were losing their gardens to the animals, anyone could come into the city and bow hunt. The Council also learned the Department of Natural Resources would not allow firearms within city limits. It was determined the residents in question would have to fence their yards to keep the deer out;
• Voting to allow St. Michael’s Catholic Church to enlarge its parking area on First Avenue and Ash Street;
• Voting to have all future meetings not already scheduled begin at 6 p.m.;
• Tabling a proposal from Police Chief Brian Madison to relocate the snowmobile trails within the city limits for more study; and
• Voting to accept the proposed pay 2014 levy certification at $326,079, a 0 percent increase.
The next city council meeting will be held at the Motley City Hall Tuesday, Oct. 8, beginning at 6 p.m.