City’s wastewater treatment improvements is at $2 million

GLENWOOD CITY—How is the City going to finance the improvements to its wastewater treatment facility? Mayor John Larson brought up this question at the City Council regular monthly meeting Monday evening, September 17th.

The Mayor asked Kevin Oium of Cedar Corporation about the financing of the project. Oium reminded the council that the city has received a half million dollars from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). But the mayor questioned the other one and half million that city will have to borrow in order to complete the project next year.

Oium spoke about the principal forgiveness in a government-financing program that will allow for writing off 45 percent of the principal, which would leave the city with about $875,000 in costs for the project at the lagoon treatment plant that is located just south of the school.

The mayor addressed the council about the draining down of the large area of the lagoon so that it can be dredged of the sludge in the bottom of the pond. He noted that during the winter the pond does not discharge any treated water into the wet lands and holds it until springtime so the phosphates can be treated in warm weather. He said it would take months for the city to drain the pond because they are allowed to discharge only a small amount daily. He told the council that they would be working with the DNR to find a solution to allow draining so construction work could get going early next summer.

Judy Achterhof, who is the County Board representative from this area addressed the council and informed them that she is in her third two-year term on the County Board and that she will not seek another term. “I am giving you an year and a half to find someone to serve”. She noted that the representative from this area serves six municipalities, while Hudson has five members on the county board. “Please remind people in Hudson that we are part of St. Croix County,” Achterhof requested members of the council.

Amanda Brandt, the City’s Librarian addressed the council to remind them that there is an open seat on the Library Board that was vacated by Nancy Hover when she moved. Mayor Larson indicated that he would like to see a member of the council on the Library Board.

In his report to the council, Public Works Director David Caress stated that Badger Meter would be in the city this week to repair the device that collects information from local residents on the amount of water they use. Last month it was learned that the city hall had to estimate the amount of water each customer used for billing purposes, because the collector was not working.

Caress also spoke about the sewer cleaning service that comes to town every year and cleans 20 percent of the sewer mains. The mayor explained, that the city is on a five-year rotation for cleaning the sewer lines. Caress noted that “everything looked good, and there were no manhole issues.” He did say they discovered a couple of small leaks in the main, but he told the council that could be happening because of the heavy rains just before they were cleaned.

The mayor has an idea about a city hall and police station. He said that along with himself and council members, Terry Klinger and Ben DeGross, they had looked at the NextGen building in the second block of East Oak Street.

“NextGen has closed that office and the building is for sale”, the mayor said. He wondered if it could be remodeled into a city hall and police station and suggested that the members of the council take a look at the building.

The building was the City’s Fire Station until 1999, when the department moved to its new quarters on Misty Lane. That is when NextGen purchased the building.

But before 1949 the building had one stall for the fire equipment that consisted of the Model T fire truck and a hose cart, with the rest of the building holding the city library, a two-cell jail and the council met in the library and voting was held in the building. In 1949 the building was remodeled to allow for a new fire engine and the library was moved out and the two cells were removed, but the council still met in that building until the early 1960’s when the city purchased the old German Lutheran Church on Pine Street for the city hall and library. In 1966 the building was enlarged to house the growing number of vehicles that the fire department needed.

And, finally the council voted to Dissolve and Terminate TIF District Number three and authorizes the City Treasurer to distribute excess increment to overlying taxing districts. But the mayor noted that there were very little excess funds to distribute. TIF District number three was created about 18 years ago to allow for the new construction of the medical clinic and the bank and covers an area of the community from the middle of the second block of East Oak Street west to Clarke Street. 

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