By Jennifer Gallus
“The ball is rolling,” said Howard Lake City Engineer Barry Glienke regarding the possibility of Howard Lake regionalizing its wastewater with a new wastewater treatment facility that is currently under construction for the cities of Annandale and Maple Lake.
A joint council meeting between the city councils of Annandale and Maple Lake took place Monday with the outcome of Howard Lake being welcomed to join the Annandale/Maple Lake Wastewater Treatment Plant Commission.
“Both councils passed a resolution to include Howard Lake in the joint powers agreement,” Glienke said.
The Annandale City Council approved the resolution, and the Maple Lake City Council tentatively approved it, but wanted more information from its financial advisor, Howard Lake Mayor Richard Lammers told the Herald Journal.
Lammers attended the meeting and said, “What really sold it was the positive environmental impact it would have in the area. Additionally, instead of all these communities building their own facilities, it is far more economical if they regionalize and work together.”
One concern that came up, according to Lammers, was the question about how Howard Lake’s share of wastewater would impact the capacity of the facility, and how soon it would need to be expanded after Howard Lake joined.
The councils were satisfied with the numbers that were shown and how it would be some time before an expansion was necessary.
“As the cities expand, more sewer access fees will be collected and should make the facility self sufficient it will pay for its own expansion,” Lammers said.
Lammers also said the meeting was very positive and was a way to make sure everyone was on the same page.
“I realize all the work that both of the communities (Annandale and Maple Lake) have gone through to get to the point that they are at now,” Lammers said. “Both communities were very receptive to have Howard Lake join.”