Herald JournalHerald Journal, April 13, 2004

Waverly looks into city sewer, water around Big Waverly Lake

By Lynda Jensen, Editor

Growth is prompting the City of Waverly to check out its options for installing sewer and water around Waverly Lake, particularly the west side of the lake.

Engineer Barry Glienke presented the Waverly council with a feasibility study for just such a venture during the regular council meeting Tuesday.

The study is prompted in part from a proposed development to the northwest via the Sawatzke property near Wright County Road 8.

Currently, homes around the lake are using a system of grinders or small lift stations for the sewer. Property owners use private wells.

Another water tower was also mildly discussed, but Glienke noted this would not be needed unless development spread quite a bit northward.

Property owner objects to variance

Turning to other subjects, the council granted approval for a variance to Ken Hausladen for construction of a new garage to replace an existing one at 1110 Lakeview Drive, over the objections of his neighbor, Jerry McRaith.

A variance was required due to height requirements, since a structure 16 feet high is permitted and the proposed garage is 19 feet.

McRaith vigorously protested, citing drainage concerns.

Currently, the existing garage is four feet from the property line, which is permissible according to city ordinance if the structure is more than 10 feet away from the house.

Hausladen wishes to build a larger garage, still four feet from the property line.

The topography of the property slopes to the west, with water flowing away from the McRaith property, said planning and zoning liaison Adrian Duske. Drainage should not be a problem, he said.

McRaith insisted that Hausladen should stay 10 feet from the property line, with no fill added to the construction site, and have plans to divert water to the east side.

There is a dip in the land that will cause drainage issues, McRaith said. The east side is higher than the middle, he said.

“Why prevent someone from building a garage?” Duske asked.

“If water becomes a problem, will the city assume responsibility?” McRaith asked.

Bush answered that this would be a private matter between property owners.

Odds and ends

In other subjects, the council:

• tabled an annexation request related to 51 acres owned by Ralph and Mary Douglas in Woodland Township.

The city is waiting for the township, which had questions about drainage before everything is completed.

• approved the city’s logo to be placed on both sides of the new water tower at a cost of $12,800.

• heard from city inspector Rob Beckfield of Metro West during the council work session July 9 that there is soil contamination at the site owned by Doug DesMarais, 31 Pacific Ave.

DesMarais wishes to build a car wash. Discussion took place about pole style buildings, with Beckfield advising against them. The permit is on hold.

• noted that roads are open during utility work to local traffic.

• also noted that the city’s utilities will be in very good shape by 2007, once planned upgrades are completed.

• approved base salaries for council members if they attend meetings as scheduled. The change will take effect after the election.

The mayor will be paid $100 per month base salary, $60 for regular meetings and $40 for special meetings; council members will be paid $75 per month base salary, $50 for regular meetings and $40 for special meetings.

• renewed the charitable gambling license to the Uptown Bar and Grill, as requested by the Winsted Firemen Relief Association.

• bumped up election judge wages from $8 to $9. Judges must attend training sessions. The city provides two meals during election day.

• appointed the following as election judges for the state primary election Tuesday, Sept. 14: Adrian Duske, Geradline Smith, JoAnn LePage, Debbie Ryks, and Mary Johnson.

• approved a variance for a higher sign to Mark Karels for Mark’s Service at 801 Pacific.

• approved the purchase of a locator of utility lines for the public works department, up to $2,500. John Rassat of public works reported that city stuff perform about 50 to 60 locates per month.

• heard from developer Rick Packer that he plans to wait until the market catches up before moving forward with the third addition of Carrigan Meadows.

Sales have been slow, he said. “I can’t see putting out 16 more lots that I can’t sell,” he said. He noted that this would affect the planned access coming off of Douglas Drive.

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