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Council seeks to terminate, renegotiate Eagle Lake sewer agreement

WILLMAR — The Willmar City Council has signaled its intention to terminate the agreement under which the city treats wastewater from the Eagle Lake Sanitary Sewer District and to renegotiate a new agreement.

The current agreement, dated Jan 31, 1990, will expire on Aug. 25, 2016.

The city is notifying the Eagle Lake Sanitary Sewer District now because the agreement requires the city to give at least two years’ notice to Kandiyohi County and to the sewer district if the city intends to terminate that agreement, said City Administrator Charlene Stevens.

She said the city is required to take this action to formally give them notice upon termination.

“I’ve spoken with the county administrator and also spoken with the Eagle Lake representative and they understand this action is coming from the city,’’ she said.

Stevens said the city intends to renegotiate the agreement.

“It’s been a long agreement. It’s probably unlikely we’ll enter into a 20-year agreement again. But we fully intend to work with Eagle Lake and Kandiyohi County’’ to renegotiate a new agreement.

In other business this week, the council rescheduled the date of the next regular meeting from Monday, Sept. 1 (Labor Day) to Tuesday, Sept. 2.

Also, the council voted to hold three public hearings Sept. 2 to consider special assessments for unpaid hedge removal, unpaid weed and grass mowing removal, and for unpaid infectious tree removal.

The city removed a noncompliant hedge at a cost of $79.69.

Municipal code describes such a hedge that prevent persons from having a clear view of traffic approaching an intersection from cross streets in sufficient time to bring a motor vehicle driven at a reasonable rate of speed to a full stop before the intersection is reached.

The city mowed weeds and grass at 15 locations for a total cost of $1,854.83.

Also, the city had infectious trees removed at two locations for a total of $1,496.25.

The costs would be assessed against the properties if the owners do not pay the cost.

The council voted to reallocate $5,585 from the 2014 engineering-other-services budget to the City Hall capital outlay budget to replace the 20-year-old failed air conditioning unit that cools the City Hall basement.

David Little
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