A wastewater construction contract with the City of Gardner was terminated at the Thursday, July 28 Edgerton City Council meeting.
The contract for construction of wastewater improvements for the Big Bull Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility and transportation and treatment of wastewater began in 2012.
Gardner agreed to end the contract at their July 18 city council meeting.
Edgerton purchased the contract agreement from Gardner for $4,338,007.46 and doesn’t take on any debts from the City of Gardner. Gardner remains liable for any and all debts related to the Cooperative Facilities, the Gardner Facilities, Gardner’s share of the Full Development Cost and Gardner’s Development Share.
Gardner maintains control and ownership of the Gardner facilities and the City of Edgerton splits the balance in repair fund equally. Gardner is required to cap its Individual Force Main connected to the Waverly Lift Station within 60 days.
The buyout payment includes $450,000 from the Sewer System Development Fund, $450,000 from the Economic Development Fund and $3.6 million from GO Bonds with a 10 year term and annual debt service to be paid from the LPKC Phase II Economic Development Fee.
Edgerton passed a few items at the Thursday council meeting related to the contract termination.
The City agreed to purchase the improvements of the city’s sewerage system through the General Obligation Bonds as the first step in the project.
The second step was for the notice of the Series 2022A General Obligation Bonds 07-28-22B sales for publication and preparation of an official statement.
Karen Kindle, finance director, said they would provide operating data annually.
She said they anticipate the official statement to be made September 1, the final official statement posted September 15 and issuing payments to Gardner beginning September 22.
The third step was for the 07-28-22C Temporary Notes.
Kindle said slightly half of the Homestead Lane portion remains from the TIF district and will mature October 1.
“The notes renewed but the principal hasn’t been paid off,”she said. “We will offer the notes for sale within certain parameters.”
The Homestead Lane & 200th Street Intersection Project is funded with revenue from the Homestead Lane Retail TIF District.
However, Kindle said, revenue is received over time and revenue received so far has not been sufficient to pay off the remaining principal for the project.
“The notes will need to be renewed,”she said. “Staff has begun working with the City’s financial advisor and the City’s bond counsel to renew the notes for a term of two years.”
A meeting on the notes will be held September 8, close September 22 and be paid off October 1, Kindle said.
-A late added item for a sidewalk extension south to Edgewood Drive as part of the proposed Glendell Acres Park Renovation Project was approved. The sidewalk needs to encroach on the KPC Pipeline easement for gas lines to run north and south through town.
Roberts said the project was a long time in the works for months and months.
“I am excited to be at this point,”he said. “I love to see this project begin.”
-Amendments to Chapter VIII, Article 7 of the Minimum Housing Code passed.
Katy Crow, development services director, said staff had recently encountered housing in Edgerton where front stoops and porches are missing or decks that have pulled away from the residential structure.
The amendements to the code will ensure the same judicial process as other code infractions with a hearing before city council instead of the municipal court, she said.
Crow said the violation notice would be filed with thirty days for the homeowner to respond before progressing to a citation.
“Code enforcement works with residents,”she said.
Deb Lebakken, council member, said it could be hard on some people.
“What if someone doesn’t know where to go,”she said.
Hendricks said they could request a hearing for additional time.
Crow said it is about life safety issues and Lebakken said she understood safety issues.
Roberts said most of the housing issues lately were with landlords not occupants.
Stambaugh said someone in Edgerton she knew had problems in the past applying for a permit and received a denial.
Roberts said he needed more details on the situation.
Stambaugh said they were told they needed the proper permits from the city and were denied.
“We need to make it easier to get a permit to make improvements,”she said.
Crow said the city has never denied a permit without a cause but if it doesn’t meet the requirements it won’t be approved.
Linn said she would encourage them to contact the city or mayor.
Roberts said they have never been in the business to threaten to condemn a property.
Hendricks said it starts with a letter for unfit human habitation and a resolution hearing for 30 to 60 days.
“In my time here it has always worked,”he said. “I’m not aware of us tearing anything down.”
Stambaugh said what if the owner isn’t in a position to do anything about it could they have an exemption.
Crow said they would work with them through an adequate process of monthly inspections and cited the recent 2nd Street house project as an example.
Clay Longanecker, council member, said in his experience they have never had an issue with city staff.
“If they are responsible they shouldn’t have an issue with the permit process,”he said.
Roberts said the city’s programs are meant to help people.
“But we hope they reach out before a stoop or porch falls off,”he said. “We are a community that helps our neighbors out. It’s what makes our town so great.”