Lennox holds open house at Waste Water Treatment Facility; 2018 audit report avilable

Lennox Council held their final regular meeting of the month on Sept. 23, 2019.

One visitor to be heard wanted the council to be aware of the gas lines that have been broken during construction. Councilmen confirmed that had happened nine times.

The public hearing was then opened for the North Cedar Street Assessment Roll.

The project includes gravel base course, asphalt surfacing and labor. The project is being done at the request of the homeowners who petitioned the City. With no one to speak against the Assessment Roll council closed the public hearing.

Minutes of the Sept. 9 and Sept. 15 meetings were approved. Claims were approved.

Audrea Buller presented a library report to the council. She stated that the Lennox Community Library would be receiving a tablet at no charge from the South Dakota State Library as part of a project that helps track the use of the city’s library wireless internet access. The library report was approved.

Jeremy Gulbranson, Utilities Superintendent provided his report to the council. He said that he would base his report on the top three priorities, which he listed as street improvements, operations and procedure and collection and the Waste Water Treatment Facility (WWTF).

He noted that there was to be an open house at the WWTF on Wednesday, Sept. 25 from 4 to 7 p.m. It was scheduled as an opportunity for the public to see how the facility operates to create cleaner effluent to Long Creek, as well as an opportunity to ask questions of staff regarding the costs and benefits of a mechanical wastewater treatment facility. Lennox made the switch from a lagoon treatment system to a mechanical wastewater facility in order to meet new clean water standards issued by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Since that time, the facility has continued to make improvements in an effort to meet all regulatory requirements.

Gulbranson also noted that he would like to make a few modifications to the street plan to provide more consistency and suggested a more methodical approach in road maintenance.

Gulbranson also stated that his time at the National Public Works Conference was well spent and he brought a lot of great information home. The public works report was approved.

The second reading of Ordinance 595 was approved; the ordinance states all members of the City Planning and Zoning Commission shall own property or reside within the City of Lennox municipal boundaries.

The second reading of Ordinance 599 was approved. This sets the Fiscal Year 2020 Appropriations. The approved budget will be published in the newspaper in October.

Council denied a motion to extend the Manufactured Home Park License for Dakota Avenue Apartments, LLC by 90 days.

City Administrator Nate Vander Plaats said that since the approval of the conditional license (90 days ago) for Dakota Avenue Apartments, LLC, he has met with the owners on separate occasions. His last conversation with the owners occurred on the day that they received a favorable legal judgment against a tenant.

Vander Plaats said, “This action was a big step in the right direction, as it will give the owners the opportunity to take possession of several of the homes most in need of repairs and maintenance. An abandoned home has also been demolished and removed, and improvements have been made to the grounds. There remains a significant amount of work to be done on these homes, but I am pleased that progress continues to be made.”