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Montevideo Council to consider anhydrous project again

MONTEVIDEO -- The Montevideo City Council has scheduled a public hearing at its next meeting Sept. 7 to consider a new plan for a conditional use permit for an expanded anhydrous ammonia storage facility.

Council members set the hearing Monday, according to City Manager Steve Jones.

A new plan is being developed and will be presented to the public at the hearing, he said.

The Farmers Union Co-op Oil Company or Cenex is seeking a permit to build an expanded anhydrous ammonia storage facility at its propane storage site in the Smith Addition. The company wants to erect three storage tanks holding a total of 78,000 gallons of anhydrous ammonia in the area, which is zoned for industrial use.

The original plan was remanded to the city by a district court ruling after a resident and landowner living adjacent to the proposed storage site challenged the permit. The court ruled that the original plan for the site did not adequately address Kim Johnson's concerns about setback distances, health, safety and traffic, and the potential harm to the value of his property.

In other business, the council approved a contract with Watson to provide the oversight of licensed operators for the neighboring community's wastewater and water utilities. The agreement sets a weekly charge of $170 for two hours oversight of water and two hours of sewer operations, along with a mileage rate and $42.50 per hour rate for work above the four hours per week.

Watson is also working to build a pipeline to send its wastewater to Montevideo for treatment. The Montevideo wastewater plant is undergoing a major renovation and improvement project.