Redfield city council members discuss water and sewer project
By Shiloh Appel
On Monday, November 19th, Redfield city council members discussed the proposed water and sewer project for Redfield and the recent public information meeting held on Thursday, November 15th.
"Sorry if I am being presumptuous, but I don't think we will have another public meeting because we went from 51 down to 33 and of the 33, 21 repeats and both of those numbers include five council members and us," said City Finance Officer, Adam Hansen.
The first public meeting referenced by Hansen concerning the proposed water and sewer project was held on October 25th. Engineers Bob Babcock and Leif Redinger of Helms and Associates and Jennifer Sietsema of NECOG explained the project in detail during the October 25th meeting and fielded questions from the public. The November 15th meeting was meant to further inform Redfield citizens, although, as Hansen pointed out, attendance dropped. Hansen said that roughly 40 Redfield citizens have expressed concern that the project is not needed.
During the November 19th city council meeting, council members discussed going forward with the project. If carried out, the project would increase the surcharge on water and sewer bills for Redfield residents by roughly 40 dollars a month for the next 40 years.
"In theory, we move forward with the water and sewer project. What if, February 1st, which is the earliest we could do it, say we raise it 10 bucks, then, depending on how soon things progress, either six months later or a year later, another 10 bucks, and then the final year, 20 bucks. We gotta get to that 40. Because that is what this is about," said Hansen."To be honest with you, if we raise it 10, 10 and 20, I might have 10 people call me, total, versus 30 to 40."
Council members discussed this option, along with raising the surcharge all at once after February 1st. Taking action during the next city council meeting was also discussed. However, because the project was under information and discussion items, no final decision was made.