Thursday, May 1, 2008

Fireworks in Ham Lake are not Always on July 4th—City Water/Sewer Discussion End with Controversy

Fireworks are not limited to celebrations in July. The City of Ham Lake’s Mayor was at the center of a hullabaloo due to a misused metaphor that was construed as bigoted. The spark of controversy was amplified by local media last week when Mayor, Paul Meuiner as voiced his frustration as the only one on the bandwagon for development proposal including a town center and city water and sewer. Read the full story of Mayor Meunier’s controversial racial comment HERE.
That situation aside, the real news is that city water and sewer and the town center appears to be off the table in Ham Lake’s comprehensive plan that will be presented to the Met Council later this year. The Ham Lake Planning Task Force has completed its mission and the proposed comprehensive plan will be available for community review on May 13, 2008. It appears that the tremulous and emotional meetings filled with Ham Lake residents are at an end.

Residents that are unavailable on May 13, will have a final opportunity to review the plan at another open house on June 9 when the public hearing will be held. Information and maps are also posted on the Ham Lake City Website.

Highlights of the plan include:
  • Residential lot size will remain at one unit per acre.

  • Individual septic systems will be used for waste water treatment.

  • No centralized or municipal sewer system.

The city council is open to the possibility of batched systems paid for by direct users for the businesses at Hwy 65 and Crosstown and residents in the Coon Lake/Hiawatha Beach area to address concerns noted and discussed in the task force meetings.
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