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Atwater City Council sets land annexation meeting for August

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ATWATER -- The Atwater City Council will meet with Gennessee Township supervisors Aug. 1 to discuss a process for the annexation of township property into the city limits.

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The city hasn't annexed land since the 1970s and none of the current city council members has gone through an annexation procedure.

Alan Latham has requested that 16.5 acres of his land on the south edges of Atwater be annexed into the city for a future housing development.

"We just want to have a meeting with the township to get a feeling from them ... since we're taking land from them," Mayor Bruce Baker said in an interview.

The city is also seeking advice from the League of Minnesota Cities on how to work out an agreement with the township on how to annex land. "We're green on this," Baker said.

At their meeting on Wednesday, the city council agreed to meet with the township at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 1 at the Atwater Community Center.

The council also discussed an 11 percent cost over-run of $14,994 by Monson Excavating for tarring Pine Lane and Seventh Street.

The charge was because of 918 tons of additional gravel that was needed for the project. The Council tabled action on how to assess property owners for the project.

Jerry Spencer, a former city councilman and resident on the street, also questioned why the gravel street wasn't tarred with curb and gutter when it was first put in, which he said is required before a developer can sell lots and before the city accepts a street in a new development.

Baker, who was on the council when the development was started in 1990, owned the land and said he had a variance from the city council to accept the street with a gravel surface.

There is no paperwork on file with the city, however, documenting that variance.

Now that the street is tarred, the council will likely take formal action to accept the street, City Clerk Goldie Smith said.

In other action the council:

- Approved a bid of $4,067.52 from Holmquist Lumber of Grove City for building a new roof on the well house.

- Accepted a quote of $1,150 from West Central Roofing to repair a section of the roof on the community center. A bid of $1,954.53 from Jerry's Flooring of Willmar was accepted for floor covering for the new senior dining center at the community center.

- Accepted a new ordinance for use of paintball and BB guns in the city limits.

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Carolyn Lange
A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers county government and regional news with the West Central Tribune.
(320) 894-9750
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