Commission meets with businesses
Velva city commissioners met with several local businessmen Tuesday morning, Feb. 2, concerning the annexation of their properties into city limits.
Last fall, the city proposed annexing any property within the levee system that was not already part of the city proper. The move would pull in Verendrye Electric Cooperative and also lay claim to the site of the proposed new Farmers Union Oil complex on the north side of Highway 52.
Following the city’s proposal, both VEC and FU filed protests to the annexation as their managers asked about the benefits to their businesses. They had a number of requests, including city sewer service and lighting.
On Tuesday, the city’s engineering firm, Ackerman-Estvold, presented three options for sewer service to the businesses and the commission. Representing the effected businesses at the meeting were Bruce Carlson and Randy Hauck of VEC, Cory Schmaltz from FU, and Dan Craig of Craig Monuments. Alan Estvold presented the proposals, which would take sewer service out to VEC and the future FU site along Highway 52.
Estvold said the cheapest route was a gravity sewer in the ditch on the south side of the road, carrying a price tag of a little less than $250,000.
“This would be the easiest way to fill in and access the sewer,” he said. “The other proposals involve a lift station or grinder pump, and then you’re into maintenance issues.”