A resolution to proceed with the establishment of the Marshall County Regional Sewer District was approved by the Marshall County Commissioners during their meeting on Monday although in the resolution they did remove both Teegarden and Tyner from the list of proposed service areas.
County Attorney Jim Clevenger read the resolution that said, “The Marshall County Health Department has recommended that the county establish a Regional Sewer District for the purpose of collecting, treating, and disposing of sewage and other liquid waste in certain unincorporated areas of Marshall County (Proposed Service Area PSA) so as to improve the health and welfare of citizens living in high density areas within the county.”
The resolution states, “Landowners in the proposed service area of Teegarden and the proposed service area of Tyner, strenuously object to the inclusion of their communities as part of the Regional Sewer District.”
The resolution goes on to spell out the other 13 proposed service areas eliminating Teegarden and Tyner.
The Marshall County Commissioners confirm there is a need to ensure and protect the water supply and to collect, treat, and dispose of sewage and other liquid waste in the high density, proposed service areas for the county.
The resolution the County Commissioners approved also recommends the first priority area should be the lakes area south west of Plymouth including Lake Latonka, Lawrence Lake, Cook Lake, Holm Lake and Myers Lake.
County Attorney Jim Clevenger said the first step was to pass the resolution and the second step is to conduct a public hearing. The commissioners initially have determined that two public hearings will be held, one during the day and one in the evening. The first one is scheduled for February 7, 2022 at 1 p.m. while the second public hearing will be February 21, 2022 at 6 p.m.
The attorney said there will be three public notices posted in the local newspaper with the final one at least 30 days prior to the public hearing. He said they will also use the radio to promote the public hearings and the estimated 2,500 properties within the initial proposed service area will be notified by mail of the public hearings.
The lakes project is estimated to cost $20 million, and the commissioners are willing to help offset some of the cost using funds from the American Recovery Plan. It was also noted that the new Infrastructure Bill that was passed in Washington D.C. should also be able to provide funds to help reduce the cost of the project.