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Hearing: residents, council have questions regarding storm project

The Glencoe City Council held its second public hearing for the Central Storm Sewer project at its Monday night meeting, giving residents another chance to voice concerns about the updated project.
Several residents attended the public hearing and many addressed concerns to the City Council, Mayor Randy Wilson, City Administrator Mark Larson and Justin Black of Short Elliott Hendrickson (SEH), Inc., who gave a short presentation and background on the project.
Concerns included city bonds for the project, the proposal not to rebuild Judd Avenue between 13th and 14th streets and how the Buffalo Creek Watershed District and the city are working together on this project.
Rich Glennie asked about the state of the city’s bonds and the city’s ability to retain a steady tax rate if this new project is taken on.
Larson responded that the bond that is coming off is the north central holding pond bonds from 1997, which is about $110,000 per year.
Glennie also asked about the city’s limit for bonds and whether or not the city can afford to fund both the Central Storm Sewer project and the proposed wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) facility. Larson clarified that for the WWTP project, the city is looking at a loan from the Public Facilities Authority (PFA) and hopefully a $7 million grant to fund the project.
“We are able to do both projects,” said Wilson.
For more from the public hearing, as well as other topics taken up by the City Council, see the Nov. 22 print edition of The Chronicle.