Storm Lake Times - March 23, 2011
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THE STORM LAKE TIMES
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23, 2011
“This route is the most economical to construct and operate,” Patrick said of the new line. “This is the cheapest solution and makes the most sense environmentally,” Patrick said. The changes in pipe location would prevent it from traveling up a higher grade, resulting in increased costs for pumping effluent and the need for extra lift stations. A proposal for the Southwest District would be the same given to other customers who reside outside of Storm Lake’s city limits. It calls for a user to pay a 150% rate and to voluntarily annex with the city should a resident become contiguous with the city in the future. Lake Creek representatives are currently mulling an offer to tap into Storm Lake’s sewer system similar to what the Southwest District would consider. “This design is not for annexation efforts,” Patrick reiterated. “We made an offer similar to Lake Creek. If the Southwest District wants to run a line to bring effluent down, we accept it and pump it out to the (wastewater) plant.”
No tax base for SL, Storm group leader Lake pledges to city Times
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SW SEWER LINE MOVING OFF ROAD, HUGGING LAKE
Council hopes lower cost might attract unincorporated areas
BY JAKE KURTZ
The Storm Lake City Council has given City Manger Jim Patrick approval to contact the Southwest Sanitary District about the possibility of collecting and treating their effluent once a federally-bankrolled \$17.5 million sewer project is in place. The new twist in the project, which the Federal Emergency Management Agency is funding 75% of and intended to remove excess waters that infiltrate Storm Lake’s waste water system, was outlined by Patrick during a public study session Monday. “We were lucky to land the FEMA grant,” council member David Walker noted. “It’s in our best interest to share the wealth.” Originally, a pipeline was planned to follow along Hwy. 110 and then around the south side of the lake and out to the wastewater treatment plant. But in an effort to improve efficiency and reduce costs, Patrick said it makes more sense for the pipe to “hug the lake as much as possible,” meaning it should be built closer to Casino Beach and South Shore.
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ity services. “We were pushed into this,” said Mike Rust, president of the Bel Air Homeowners Association. He added that Bel Air residents were upset by the contract demands and that if the city can’t reach and agreement with his organization, there is no future with the city. “As far as getting the (Bel Air) tax base, it’s over,” Rust remarked. “And that’s a healthy tax base.” According to the Buena Vista County Assessor’s Office, the residential value of Bel Air’s 45 lots is \$15 million. Lakeside’s value is \$28 million. The new water service contract Bel Air residents were expected to sign with Storm Lake included a clause stating that should the housing subdivision ever become contiguous with Storm Lake, they would voluntarily annex with the city. Storm Lake officials defend the clause, saying it’s been used in contracts for customers outside the city limits for over 12
years and that there is no intention to annex Bel Air. Rust countered by saying if there is no annexation in the works, why use the language. “The annexation clause is the only thing we’re concerned about,” Rust said. “If the city has no plans, why have it in the contract?” Bel Air was founded by John Sudbay and Don Dlugosch in 1964 and sold on the idea that it would be secluded and private. Until the early 1970s, there was
no road crossing Outlet Creek at the dam because residents did not want access to Bel Air from Lakeside. “Bel Air was never intended to be a part of Storm Lake,” Rust said. City Manger Jim Patrick said that removing the annexation clause from the contract could be done if approved by the city council. But he and Mayor Jon Kruse both felt that changes would need to be made to all outside customer service contracts then.
“We need to treat people fairly and equitably,” said Kruse. The Storm Lake Times first reported in December that Bel Air was looking into the possibility of annexing with Lakeside to receive water service. Rust said at the time that Bel Air homeowners were “overwhelmingly” in favor of the potential move. Lakeside city attorney Dave Jennett said Lakeside was receptive to the idea. “The easiest, quickest and most reasonable way to resolve
this is for Bel Air to annex with Lakeside,” Rust said in December. Tuesday morning, he reaffirmed that belief. “Unless the city changes their policy that’s still the case,” Rust said. “Our lawyers met yesterday (Monday) with an annexation lawyer and talks with Lakeside are ongoing. “It would concern me as a citizen of Storm Lake that if Bel Air signs with Lakeside, we’re going to be off Storm Lake’s future forever as a tax base.”
SM BALL: $111,000
sets a gala record
Continued from page one She wrote the check for \$100 and pinned the ticket on her bulletin board. It was ticket #10. There were 400 tickets in all and they all sold. She said she rubbed the ticket for good luck whenever Bob was around. She told him, “I plan to win this.” So when the call came Saturday night, Jennifer wouldn’t believe that she won the grand prize. “They had to put me on with Frannie (Bob’s wife) who wouldn’t lie to a soul.” Jennifer says she hasn’t even thought about what she’s going to spend the money on. “I’ll try to do something good with it,” and added, “and maybe have some fun.” Other Big Raffle winners were: Steve Becker, \$1,000; Willbur Triplett, \$1,000; Nathan and Nancy Jensen, \$500; Greg Gillis, \$500. Early Bird winner David Gard won \$2,000.
THE BIG NEWS
of the night was a record-breaking total of \$111,504. Volunteer auctioneer Kevin Cone started out the live auction declaring it his 200th charity auction and announcing that he expected to raise six figures over the course of the night — or he wouldn’t come back. Last year’s total was a record at \$93,735. A total of 285 people attended, also up from last year. “We were so pleased and humbled by the support of the com-
Leadership for the St. Mary’s Ball and Charity Auction present the big check to administration. Front row left to right: Gina Hartman, Deb Peters, Dawn Prosser, Debbie Lenhart and Kris Snyder. Back: Bev Mach, Fr. Bruce Lawler, Steve Peters, Ned Lenhart and Erv Rowlands.
munity at this event,” said Dawn. “The generous bidding was exciting and such a great help to our school.” Other winners included Bernie Andrews who won the diamond necklace, Dan and Tracy Drey who won the \$200 prize and St. Mary’s graduate Jeff Foell who won \$100 in Paxton’s Chest of Chance. Marshall and Jane Langner won the Florida trip. The reserved parking place in front of the St. Mary’s gym went for \$2,250 and 29 donors each paid \$100 for tickets to a Notre Dame football game for Sr. Donna Determan donated by Steve and Diane Hamilton. Other items included a handmade electric guitar (demonstrated at the auction by donor Mick Polich), two served dinners from Fr. Jeremy Wind, the basketball from St. Mary’s substate game in Algona, autographed by the 2011 state championship team and coaches, autographed photo from the basketball team, boat rides, hosted dinners, an overnight slumber party from St. Mary’s Middle School educator Kathy Benz and a cupcake tea party by Samantha Kohler with mom Molly Wilson. The live auction was interrupted with a surprise guest appearance by the St. Mary’s boys’ basketball team and coaches, proudly displaying their championship trophy. The very appreciative crowd gave the team a standing ovation. Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Homes sponsored the Tiki Hut Mixer pre-party and Central
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The Tropical Paradise theme found ball-goers like Kevin McKinney wearing colorful flowers, in this case a pretty little red one, in their hair. Right: Bill Laven managed not to spill his drink while spotting for auctioneer Kevin Cone during the live auction. TIMES photos by
Bank sponsored complimentary beer and wine cocktails for the evening. Gina Hartman and Kris Snyder chaired the auction acquisitions committee, Dan Richardson chaired the business club and Bob Lenhart and Mike Pertzborn chaired the Big Raffle ticket sales. As in the past, super salesperson Francis Koch sold well over 200 of the 400 Big Raffle tickets sold. On the Fritz provided music for dancing. The next St. Mary’s Ball and Charity Auction will be Saturday, March 31, 2012.
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