Hanover residents with septic don’t want sewer

But survey indicates Pheasant Run neighbors do prefer road repair

A group of Hanover residents at the Pheasant Run neighborhood indicated that they don’t want the city to construct sewer lines if and when their road is torn up.

The council also heard an update about the athletic association partnership project, and took action on other issues.



City engineer Justin Messener presented the latest results from a survey that was sent to Pheasant Run residents a month ago.

He said about 75 percent of the residents responded, with the majority indicating they don’t want sanitary sewer construction but do favor street reconstruction. The city wanted to survey the neighborhood since the best time to construct sewer is during road construction, as Pheasant Run was identified by the city as having sub-par street conditions.

As for a project timeline, most of the residents prefer work next year, or 2015 and later. The city doesn’t specify in policy that existing neighborhoods must have mandatory sewer connections some day, so that’s why the city wanted to ask the residents’ their opinion. New developments, on the other hand, are required to be constructed with sewer availability.

The council is expected to discuss the options, which would be presented to the residents at a fall open house. No further action was taken regarding this issue.



In other news, the council continued discussion regarding the proposed partnership with the Hanover Athletic Association to manage/lease city land for current and future ballparks.

Especially of note is the city’s 10-acre, undeveloped site just east of the fire hall. This area is proposed for future ball fields that would be facilitated by the athletic association.

Prior to moving forward, the council wants to study all the grant opportunities available for athletic site development. It directed staff to get some quotes on clearing out the 10-acre site. No further action was necessary for now.

In other action, the council:

ADDRESSED several items raised by former Mayor Martin Waters, such as setting up the Wills for Heroes service for public safety members, Cardinal Circle ball field foul poles, Wright County Rd. 19 trail repairs, Historical Crow River Bridge restoration, and waiving a fee for a couple’s dog kennel.

AGREED to go back to the old way of appointing a fire chief and assistant chief. The department members will now nominate the chief, rather than having a subcommittee of council members, staff and fire department. The move is expected to save staff time. The city council still has final approval.