Notice of Assessment Hearing
(Nov. 3, 2006) 8761 KANDIYOHI COUNTY NOTICE OF ASSESSMENT HEARING WASTEWATER SYSTEM IMPROVEMENTS FOR LAKE FLORIDA IN KANDIYOHI COUNTY GREEN LAKE SANITARY SEWER & WATER DISTRICT Pursuant to Minnesota Statutes 116A, notice is hereby given that ...
(Nov. 3, 2006) 8761
NOTICE OF ASSESSMENT HEARING
WASTEWATER SYSTEM IMPROVEMENTS FOR LAKE FLORIDA IN KANDIYOHI COUNTY GREEN LAKE SANITARY SEWER & WATER DISTRICT
Pursuant to Minnesota Statutes 116A, notice is hereby given that the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners has scheduled a public hearing of proposed assessments for the wastewater collection system improvements serving the Lake Florida vicinity in Kandiyohi County.
The hearing will be held:
7:00 PM, Friday, November 17, 2006
Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services Building
Community Room (West Building Entrance)
2200 23rd Street NE
Willmar, MN 56201
The proposed assessment area consists of every benefited lot, piece or parcel of land within or benefited by improvements within the Green Lake Sanitary Sewer District boundaries around Lake Florida. The amount to be assessed against any particular property is as provided in the assessment roll on file in the office of the Kandiyohi County Auditor, Kandiyohi County Office Building, 400 West Benson Avenue, Willmar, Minnesota, and at the Kandiyohi County Public Works Department, 1801 East Highway 12, Willmar, Minnesota and is open to public inspection during normal business hours.
The main elements of the currently proposed assessments are the combined $1.6 million cost of 6 miles of low-pressure sewer force main around the lake, and also including twenty five percent of the cost of a trunk force main which connects the Lake Florida system to existing GLSSWD collection and treatment facilities. The combined costs of these improvements are the basis of the uniform $6,855 proposed assessment levy on residential properties. A future assessment hearing in the fall of 2007 will address the cost of assessments for individual service connections and low pressure grinder systems planned for installation this fall through next summer.
The public hearing will give all persons an opportunity to comment or otherwise testify on the proposed Specially Assessed amount of $6,855 for their property. This amount compares to the $7,200 per unit or parcel estimated assessment presented during the project hearings in May and June. The reduction in cost is due to the Hidden Springs Property Owner's request in September to be included in the initial assessment for the common line/trunk line portion of the project.
An owner of property proposed to be assessed may appeal the assessment to the District Court of Kandiyohi County pursuant to Minn. Stat. ' 116A.19. No appeal may be taken as to the amount of any assessment adopted unless a written objection signed by the effected property owner is filed with the Kandiyohi County Auditor Sam Modderman, 400 West Benson Avenue, Willmar, MN 56201 prior to the assessment hearing, or presented to the presiding officer at the hearing. All objections to the assessments not received at the assessment hearing in the manner prescribed in Minn. Stat. 116A.17 are waived, unless the failure to object to the assessment hearing is due to a reasonable cause. If appealed pursuant to Minn. Stat. ' 116A.19 such appeal is perfected by serving notice of the appeal upon the Kandiyohi County Auditor or the Kandiyohi County Court Administrator within 30 days after the adoption of the assessment roll.
Written or oral objections (appeals) to assessments will be considered at the hearing. Written comments or appeals may also be directed to Gary Danielson, Director, Kandiyohi County Public Works, P.O. Box 976, Willmar, MN 56201. Written comments or appeals sent to the Director must be received by 4:00 p.m., Friday, November 17, 2006 in order to be presented to the County Board at the hearing. However, the County Board will also accept written testimony at the hearing.
Once the special assessment roll has been approved, property owners have the option of either paying the total amount of their assessment immediately or paying it in proposed annual installments over 20 years at a proposed interest rate of 2% of the unpaid balance. If the property owner pays the entire amount of the assessment within 30 days after the assessment rolls adoption, to the Kandiyohi County Auditor, the property owner will not be charged any interest on the amount of the assessment. If the property owner pays the entire amount at any time after 30 days, but before any certification to the County Auditor, the property owner need pay only the amount of interest accrued as of the date of payment. At any time after the certification, the property owner may still pay the entire amount remaining unpaid. In this case, however, the property owner must pay all interest, which would have accrued, to December 31 of the year in which the payment is made.
Questions about the project, notice or proceedings may be directed to Gary D. Danielson, P.E., Kandiyohi County Public Works Director, P.O. Box 976, Willmar, MN 56201, telephone #320-235-3266.
Dated: October 31, 2006
Sam Modderman, County Auditor