PLEASANT VIEW -- The city council recently voted 3-2 to provide sanitary sewer services to M & M Storage LLC and Northview Holdings LLC.
Councilmen Mel Marker and Scott Boehme voted against the agreement, with Michael Humphreys, Jerold Burns and Toby Mileski voting in favor of it.
"This is the conclusion of a long-term issue, which was in a lawsuit that was resolved in 2012," said Mayor Doug Clifford. "At that point, the easement from the city in 2008 was finally deemed to be legal. Given it's now legal, we offered the opportunity to connect to that sewer per the original agreement on that property."
Clifford also said connecting to Pleasant View sanitary sewer would not mean the businesses would have to pay anything extra, but would be charged like any normal city connection, based on size and volume, which is determined primarily by the number of hookups from the business.
Clifford also said he wasn't sure what sort of development is planned for the area.
"If it was high-density housing that went in," Burns said, "we don't require them to annex?"
"You could come in with high-density apartments. My question is, what would the county do with inspections and future development? We don't know that," Humphreys said. "This agreement means they won't have to pay back for the agreement. It's pretty good of the city, waiving that fee of $7,000 or so."
"The original agreement allowed us to put the sewer in. We are waiving those fees," Clifford said.
"It's too late on this now, but providing sewer to property outside of Pleasant View city limits, the connection fees and monthly payments could be adjusted," said Humphreys.
"We could set up a fee schedule," City Administrator Melinda Brimhall said.
Humphreys said perhaps the monthly connection fee could be higher for those outside city limits in the future.
Clifford said any such change would not apply to M & M and Northview Holdings.