By Katie Dahlstrom
Herald Staff Writer
The Clinton School District wants to pursue a different plan to provide sewer to the new middle school, but a split vote from the Clinton City Council will delay that process.
The school district wants to construct a gravity sewer rather than connecting to a city constructed sewer along 13th Avenue North because they have the opportunity to obtain third-party funding in the form of a grant if the former option is pursued.
School Board president Gregg Obren presented members of the City Council with information about the proposed sewer during the Committee of the Whole meeting before the item was discussed.
“We want to make sure that if we go forward with this, that it’s a mutually agreeable way that we’re going to do this,” Obren said.
The district would pay for construction of a sewer line to run through the swale of the land that will be suited for the new middle school. The district would negotiate and purchase easements from property owners to connect this new sewer to the Mill Creek sewer. Once the sewer line was completed, the district would turn ownership of the sewer line and any easements to the city and pay connection fees.
Any future connection fees to this line would be made payable to the district, as dictated by city policy, up to the original construction cost.
Pursuing this project would require the city to stop the design of the sewer line along 13th Avenue North. The city would also be responsible for paying to expand the sewer to accommodate any future development in the 14th Street Northwest area.
“It sounds like a win-win for the city and the school district to me,” City Engineer Jason Craft said. “It’s going to be a pretty small price if we have to pay for some upsizing. I haven’t run the numbers on that yet, to make that decision, but it would be substantially less than what we would have incurred had we constructed the sewer all the way up 13th Avenue North.”
His estimated the school district constructing the sewer