Hearld and Journal, March 8, 1999

Howard Lake school site proposals

Howard Lake and Waverly support a school in a central location of the current school district, which is, according to their calculations, close to Howard Lake.

About 75 percent of all students attending Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted (HLWW) schools come from locations that would be closer to a central location.

With over 7,000 cars daily at Howard Lake, both cities feel the major growth in the district will take place along the Highway 12 corridor, when the improvement project is finished.

Howard Lake feels that ongoing operating expenses would be significantly higher in something other than a central location. This would include transportation, kitchen facilities, scheduling of shared teachers and gym facilities, (or a pool, should one be included).

Transportation to Wright Technical Center and use of Wright County Human Services would be additional concerns, if the school were farther away than it is now.

Howard Lake Mayor Gerry Smith appealed to the task force to consider whatever is best for the students and parents.

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Site 1

Site number one is the Edna Frank property on the southwest corner of the city at 70th Street and Jellison Avenue SW. It contains 101.4 acres with 1.6 acres of wetlands.

The soils range from silty clay loam to loam clay loam. One area adjacent to the wetland consists of deep muck.

Utilities available are an eight-inch gravity sewer and an eight-inch water main. The site would require street construction.

Site 2

Site number two is the Duane Hofer property on Wright Co. Rd. 6 and 70th Street SW., across from the cemetery. It contains 103 acres with 25.2 acres of wetlands.

Soils range from silty clay to loam to clay loam. One area of peat and muck exists in the southeast.

Utilities available are an eight-inch gravity sewer and an eight-inch water main.

Site 3

Site number three is the Donald Dangers property on Wright Co. Rd. 6 and Wright Co. Rd. 30 (90th Street SW) by Victor Town Hall.

It is the smallest of the sites with 74.2 acres and no wetlands. There is an additional 40 acres available on the west side of Co. Rd. 6.

Soils range from silty clay loam to loam clay loam. One area in the southeast corner consists of peat and muck.

Utilities for this site would require an eight-inch gravity sewer, a six-inch force main, a lift station, and an eight-inch water main.

Site 4

Site number four is the Dennis Terning property on the northeast side of Howard Lake. It has 150.2 acres with 6.6 acres of wetlands.

Soils range from silty clay loam to loam. Some marsh areas and small areas of peat exist.

Utilities available are an eight-inch gravity sewer and an eight-inch water main. The site would require street construction.


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