Lake Sarah Sewer project making progress

The Greenfield City Council conducted a meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 7. The meeting was under an hour but contained several action items and discussion.


Councilor Chuck Alcon relayed to the council that there would be additional cost to the Lake Sarah sewer improvement project.  The project, which affects 55 properties, will properly abandon existing tanks on the Lake Sarah Sewer System. In the case of two properties, Alcon explained, the original setups were unique do to gravity issues, which required below elevation ejector pumps. At the time the project was done, the owners of these properties paid for the additional work required. The alternative would have required additional lift stations and was estimated to cost significantly more.

The project is being paid for with funds already in the Lake Sarah Sewer Fund; a fund system users have contributed to. The estimated cost of this project, including the unique site work, is estimated at this to come in at, or under, $110,000. The fun has an approximate balance of $150,000 at this time. At a previous meeting, a resident on the system asked that city staff post fund accounting, including the balance, on the city’s web site.  Greenfield City Administrator, Kathryn McCullum, reported to the council that it was not advisable to post unaudited financial information on the site. Greenfield Mayor Brad Johnson added that council packets, available to the public, include expenses to the fund, and additional information can be obtained by requesting it from staff.

Kelly Daleiden of Veolia, the contractor that overseeing this project as well as regular maintenance, said that the project was going wall with 14 tank abandonments completed and several more planned for the upcoming weeks. The project is expected to be completed before the end of the year.


The council took the step it needed to officially use the name “Greenfield Central Park” for the land across from town hall that has seem some major improvements in the last couple of years. Among them is a memorial that was used for flag raising ceremony at the city’s annual “Night to Unite” celebration and a picnic shelter. Playground equipment is being considered at this time.

And, a new Park Commission member, Nancy Miller, was named to the commission, which now has five members. Greenfield Central Park (with its name approved unanimously by council) is the first city owned park in Greenfield. It was recently awarded a grant to build a casual play ball field.


Greenfield Councilor Tom Cook told the council about a possible grant/partnership opportunity that the city may want to consider. It would require the banding together of other area groups tied into watershed/water testing and improvements. Significant costs are associated with federal regulations put forth by the Federal Clean Water Act, and groups associated with effected areas are working toward finding more affordable options to meet compliance.

The next regular meeting of the Greenfield City Council is Tuesday, Aug. 20, at 7 p.m. at 6390 Town Hall Drive.