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Glencoe City Council approves request for sanitary sewer service outside city limits

The Glencoe City Council approved a request by two property owners outside the city limits to connect to the city’s sanitary sewer service.
Ron and Mary Mielke and Sharon Gruenhagen, who both live on Dove Avenue east of Glencoe along Highway 212, made the request to the council on Monday, Sept 19.
All costs to connect to the city’s sewer system along, with a one-time $250 sewer availability charge (SAC), and the purchase of a water meter compatible to the city’s system for billing purposes, plus the monthly usage fees charged by the city, are the responsibility of the property owners.
The city and the property owners will also enter into a cooperative agreement for the services provided.
The properties will tie into the sanitary sewer line that runs from Plato into the Glencoe’s wastewater treatment facility.
The city has previously entered into two similar agreements with property owners to the west of Glencoe along Highway 22.
Mayor Randy Wilson expressed concern about allowing residents from outside the city to use the line and questioned if the properties should be annexed into the city.
Public Works Director Gary Schreifels said the key to this project, and the two others previously approved by the council, is that the properties are very close to existing city sewer lines. This option isn’t possible for many property owners outside the city based on the proximity to the existing lines.
Council Member John Schrupp said that the water and sewer system are now self-sustaining enterprise funds and the city can add paying customers without a cost to the city.

For more from the meeting, see the Sept. 21 print edition of The Chronicle.