4/1/2013 11:57:00 AM Mantorville residents comment on sewer treatment options
Mantorville's March 25, 2013 city council meeting lasted more than two hours and more than 20 people attended to comment on the city's sewage treatment options.
The city's wastewater treatment plant was built in 1990, City Clerk/Finance Director Cami Reber emailed. Tim Hruska, city engineer from WHKS said a plant's average life is 20 years, so the plant needs to either be renovated or - the second option that has been actively discussed for two years - the city's sewage needs to be piped to Kasson for treatment in their plant.
The distance is about two miles which is a shorter distance than neighboring towns - for example Byron and Rochester - pipe sewage from different neighborhoods to their plants.
But citizens that spoke at the meeting showed an interest in "maintaining control," over this city service. Even if piping the sewage costs $1 million less over the long run. Even if maintaining the plant would cost the city more than twice as much each year to treat the sewage locally than to pipe it.
Citizens asked if Kasson would 'run the show?' Could Kasson strangle Mantorville's growth by refusing to allow more homes to join the pipeline? Resident Annie Brannan reminded spectators that more and more governmental services are being combined. She talked about when Mantorville had its own police department and when the township had its own fire department. The issue is control, she said, and perhaps level of service, based on that control.
The council will meet again at 7:30 a.m. April 6 at city hall for their spring planning session. The next regular meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. April 8.