Corcoran reviews neighborhood sewer/water costs

How much would it cost neighborhoods in Corcoran to hook up to sewer and water? Preliminary cost estimates were discussed by the city council.

The council also heard a request to join the I-94 West Chamber of Commerce, and approved a new snowplow policy.



City engineer Kent Torve reported to the council regarding preliminary neighborhood costs for providing sewer and water.

Torve submitted the data for “a few selected neighborhoods,” he told the council in a memo. “The cost per parcel will vary on density due to the front footage required to extend services,” Torve said. “Three Developments were identified: Hunter Lane, Butterworth and Jackie Lane.”

He said the analysis measured a linear foot for providing sewer and water, along with connections costs for extending service to the right-of-way line.

The summary shows the cost of utilities and streets directly dependent on configuration and density. Estimates for Hunter Lane were $38,892 (linear foot per connection at 127 feet); for Jackie Lane $31,985 (linear foot per connection at 102 feet); and Butterworth Lane, $31,460 (linear foot per connection at 100 feet).

Torve said, “On a bigger picture scale, the downtown feasibility had a per connection cost of approximately $44,600 for a 24-foot road. The downtown area has a greater linear foot distance for each connection at 160 for water and 120 for sewer. This shows the effect of larger commercial lots compared with residential development configuration.”

In related matters, Mayor Ken Guenthner and councilors Rich Asleson, Diane Lynch, Tom Cossette and Ron Thomas continued discussion about the sewer and water draft ordinance.

City administrator Brad Martens later summarized, “We’re looking at the ‘ifs’ and trying to get the policy as accurate as possible. There were no major revisions. We’re making small tweaks, hoping to get it approved by the end of the year.”

No further action was taken regarding this issue.



In other matters, at the request of administrator Martens, the council considered joining the I-94 West Chamber of Commerce that includes area cities like Rogers, St. Michael, Albertville, Hanover and Dayton.

“In my past experience I’ve been very involved with a chamber of commerce, and I recommended taking part,” Martens later said. “We want to start building relationships between government and business.”

The council ended up approving the request. The annual cost is $365.



In further matters, the council approved a new snowplow policy with a minor adjustment.

The council updated the portion of the policy that addresses city compensation for individuals whose mailboxes have been damaged by a plow. The city essentially changed the mailbox criteria to match up with that of the U.S. Post Office in terms of box height and location.

If a resident’s mailbox is hit directly by a plow and meets the established criteria, then the city would compensate the owner. Snow plowed onto a mailbox does not qualify for compensation, only direct plow hits.

In other action, the council:

HEARD that the new public works facility lot was paved. The building is on schedule for opening in mid-December. A city council dedication is anticipated prior to a December council meeting, and an open house will be scheduled in spring.

HEARD that administrator Martens will be setting up business outreach meetings in December.