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New development plans discussed

By Staff | Oct 31, 2008

The Spirit Lake City Council approved the second reading of the erosion and sediment control ordinance on Tuesday evening.

Local contractor Tony Weber addressed the council, saying no one can control the runoff from a 6-to-10-inch rainfall. He asked the council to carefully consider the ordinance before approving the final version.

Councilmember Kevin Bice said he would like to sit down with home builders and discuss issues they may have with the ordinance.

Brad Beck of Beck Engineering Inc., addressed the council with preliminary plans for Pointe of Pines second addition, which will be located east of the first addition. The addition will be a single-family development.

On Oct. 21 the planning and zoning commission met to review the preliminary plat and recommended approval on certain conditions, most of which were already completed before the council meeting. These conditions include:

n Obtain temporary easements from adjacent property owners.

n Submit soil profile information.

n Submit information regarding tower heights on adjacent property.

n Allow for C900 PVC piping for water lines instead of ductile iron.

n Submit a $200 filing fee.

n Allow street names to change at discretion of the council.

The council also discussed whether they would like to see a 6-inch or drive-over curb in the development.

The council agreed that they would like to see a more exact plan before approving it.

The council approved a change order to the water treatment plant expansion project in regard to the generator. The current one was not fitting properly. They obtained a smaller generator which fits better and saved the city $14,185.

The council heard from Jim Golden, executive director of Lakes Community Land Trust. The land trust provides affordable housing to those of modest income. They currently have two three-bedroom houses for sale.

The Federal Trade Commission has enacted new regulations to help protect the identity of utility customers. The council adopted a red flag rule regarding the new identity theft prevention program.

In other business, the council:

n Approved pay application 13 for Wicks Construction, 2007 paving construction.

n Did not approve the water supply agreement with the City of Orleans.

n Approved the bills for the month of October, 2008.