Council to explore three sewer options
City to honor developers’ investments with reserved wastewater capacity
The De Soto City Council agreed last Thursday to reserve sewer capacity for active subdivisions and developers who invested in infrastructure or approved projects. The little capacity available after that would be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
In making that decision, the Council rejected an alternative that would have doled out building permits on a first-come, first-serve basis until reserve capacity was gone and one that would have only allowed approved development to proceed until additional sewer capacity was available.
At the same meeting, the Council received an update on the sewer master plan commissioned to recommend how the city could best add additional sewer capacity. After hearing the list of six options for expanding sewer capacity, the Council instructed consultants with Shafer, Kline and Warren to further explore three alternatives. Those were to build a new sewer plant near the current plant, construct a new facility in the West Bottoms, and pipe the city's wastewater to Johnson County Wastewater's Mill Valley treatment plant.
With an awareness that whatever option they choose will not be available until early 2007 at the earliest, Council members have been considering just how much capacity is available at the present plant for new construction.
A discussion on the issue two weeks earlier ended with the Council asking for more information on how downpours affected the current plant's capacity. Shafer, Kline and Warren consultant Jay Norco said when planned improvements to the current plant were completed there would be 60,000 gallons a day of excess capacity regardless of weather conditions.
The Council's decision would reserve capacity for:
- Nine more homes in Timber Trails.
- Don Parr's Country Village 51 townhomes.
- The remaining 42 unbuilt platted homes in the Timber Lakes Estates subdivision.
- The remain 10 unoccupied apartments in Valley Spring Homes.
The build out of those projects would account for slightly more that a third of the current plant's remaining capacity. The approximately 38,000 gallon per day left would probably be used up in spring 2006, Brungardt said.
"I can't give you an equitable solution on how to dole those out other than first-come, first-served," Brungardt said.
The Council agreed, voting unanimously to issue building permits for non-reserved developments on a first-come, first-served basis.
With unmet stipulations holding up the start of two westside residential developments and funding for Brady's Country Village Apartments still up in the air, much of the remaining capacity could be claimed for the 228-home Arbor Ridge subdivision.
A new preliminary plat for the subdivision proposed for 90 acres southeast of the Kill Creek Road/Arbor Ridge intersection has been presented to the city and will likely be considered by the Planning Commission in November.
When fully built out, Arbor Ridge would account for 68,000 gallons of wastewater a day.
After the meeting, Arbor Ridge lead developer Jim Lambie said he thought the Council came to a fair decision