Archive for Thursday, May 21, 2009

City to approach Lexington homeowners about sewer options

May 21, 2009

The De Soto City Council gave staff members the green light May 7 to contact 10 homeowners about a possible expansion of sewer service to their properties.

The homes discussed are on Lexington Avenue north of 91st Street and south of Lexington Trails Middle School.

City engineer Mike Brungardt said the septic system on one of the homes needed replaced and others were of the age that they could be expected to develop problems in the coming years. He estimated it would cost each homeowner about $20,000 to replace a system.

He presented the council two options to provide sewer service to the neighborhood. The first option would install a line with a pump behind the homes to move the waste to a sewer line near the high school. The second would also install a line but would require each homeowner purchase and maintain a grinder pump to move the waste.

Brungardt estimated the cost of the first option would cost $258,000 and the second option $202,000.

The city engineer also provided the council with proposals that would share the cost of the two options with homeowners. Although nothing was approved, council members indicated the financial burden beyond design and engineering costs should be on the homeowners.

One factor that council members said could convince them increase the city’s contribution was a health risk from bad or poorly functioning sewer systems draining into the ditch near the middle school. That is a greater concern because the septic systems were on half-acre lots, Brungardt said. The city currently doesn’t allow septic tanks on lots less than 1 acre.

Brungardt said samples would be collected from the ditch.

The city engineer will approach homeowners about their interest in the two options.

In other action, the council:

• Was presented a list of projects for consideration of the city’s 2010 Community Development Block Grant. The city annually receives about $100,000 from the federal grant, which is administered by the county, for projects. Brungardt provided a list of 10 possible projects but called attention to the planned replacement of downtown waterlines and the program street repaving program. The council will consider the issue again at its May 21 meeting.

• Approved the purchase of $8,000 worth of fireworks to the annual Forth of July Celebration, which will move to De Soto Riverfest Park this year.

• Approved an interlocal agreement with Johnson County Transit to continue the FlexRide program for 2009 The city’s budgeted cost is $14,000 but some of that could be returned depending on fuel costs.

• Agreed to donate $600 to Services United for the rental of the De Soto VFW 6654 banquet hall for its May 2 Cinco de Mayo celebration. Council members Betty Cannon and Ron McDaniel voted against the request, which also was sharply scrutinized by the remaining council members.

Organizer Star Villa was asked to make a more timely application next year.

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