Planning for the pipe — Corcoran sets development workshop

The Corcoran City Council reviewed the next steps leading to planning for municipal development, including setting a worskhop for Saturday, July 13.

The council also conducted the annual dust control public hearing.



The council was presented with five engineering items related to development of the city’s first ever municipal-utility residential development, the Lennar site in extreme southeast Corcoran.

The items included stormwater impacts, Lennar lift station location, regional development, water main and booster station update, and Lennar costs for County Rds. 101 and 116 improvements.

The regional development study analyzes infrastructure costs for sewer, water and city transportation system. This area in southeast Corcoran will be the first to receive municipal services and implement the 2030 comprehensive land use plan. The study reviews costs for wastewater collection systems, water supply storage and distribution systems, and transportation costs for the major city roadways.

City engineer Kent Torve recommended the council review costs in setting area and access charges for new development.

“The report is of significant use in setting policy and can be updated over the years as development occurs,” Torve wrote in his report.

City administrator Dan Donahue later said that the council workshop July 13 is “when all these pieces have to be fit together.”

He said the next step includes the infrastructure policy, charges and fees.

“A whole financial piece will be discussed,” he said. “All that becomes fodder for the workshop July 13. Hopefully the city council will have consensus on what they want to do, policies, costs, route for infrastructure for Lennar, possibly the downtown (sewer/water) project. All these pieces will be coming together.”

Then, at the council’s July 25 meeting, Donahue said there might be “firm direction” and approvals by the council.

“How do you pay, how do you assess, who pays for what, and looking at future transportation corridors,” he said. “Just giving the council drafts of these documents before July 13 so they can study them and come up with questions.”

Donahue said the next step would be to receive a platting application from Lennar, with eyes on potential home construction by next spring.

“The reality is setting in that this is a big deal,” Donahue said. “And the implications are what you do now sets precedence for the future.”



In other matters, the council conducted the annual dust control public hearing and ordered the project to proceed.

The city has participated in dust control for 10 years, paying for it through a city contribution and assessments to benefiting property owners.

Year 2013 expenses are estimated at $100,000, with revenue at $55,530. The 2012 project costs were $94,035, with other revenues of $6,351 and revenues from city and assessments of $87,684.

For residents, if the assessment is not paid by Nov. 15, the amount owed will be certified to the County Auditor. The amount owed will be added to property taxes to be paid in 2014. Additional interest and a surcharge will be added by the county.

In other action, the council:

HEARD an update about the public works facility. Foundation, footings and excavation continue at the site, with the project about two to three weeks behind schedule due to weather. Building occupancy is still anticipated for late fall.

HEARD that the Metropolitan Council estimates that Corcoran has 5,470 people and 1,879 households as of April 1, 2012. Household size averaged 2.91 persons per household.