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Residents of Diamond Lake agree to discuss sewer system with county commissioners

WILLMAR -- Diamond Lake residents have agreed to work with Kandiyohi County and the Green Lake Sanitary Sewer and Water District to develop a sanitary sewer system on the lake.

What that system is, however, may still be a point of discussion. Based on a past poll, a majority of Diamond Lake residents said they want individual septic or cluster systems.

That opinion may have changed in recent months since the city of Kandiyohi received a grant to hook up to the Green Lake system.

The city project will include installation of a sanitary sewer mainline close to Diamond Lake that will transport sewage to Spicer for treatment.

Having the mainline so close will reduce the cost for Diamond Lake residents to install a collection pipe around the lake and hook into the system. In a letter, the Diamond Lake wastewater committee said that when the county holds a public hearing on whether to bring the 366 lake properties into the district, that consideration still be given to septic or cluster systems.

The district currently does not operate any such systems.

At the Kandiyohi County Board meeting Tuesday, Commissioner Richard Falk said he had no intention of giving any false hope that the county would agree to take on individual septic or cluster systems. "I don't want to mislead you," said Falk.

But Commissioner Harlan Madsen said that in the next 60 to 90 days, when engineers work to develop a report, that consideration will be given of all options. He said an "all or nothing" approach at this time was presumptuous.

The county commissioners will use the engineer's report to decide which option to use, according to Public Works Director Gary Danielson.

The letter from the Diamond Lake committee said that if the county does choose to bring the lake into the district with the common collection and treatment system, "we do not intend to advance our position further."

The committee also said it wanted to be involved with decision on cost allocations and communicating with residents about the project.

Public information meetings will be held prior to the hearing, which is expected to be held in late July or early August.

Some Diamond Lake residents, whose septic systems are not in compliance, are under a state deadline of July 1, 2010, to fix the problem.

Two weeks ago the Diamond Lake wastewater committee had considered asking Harrison Township to form a sewer district so that a combination of individual septic and cluster systems could be built.

Jon Hanson, a member of the committee, said it was agreed the county and the Green Lake Sanitary Sewer and Water District had better resources to handle that process.

Carolyn Lange

A reporter for 35 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.

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