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Verndale may gain housing development

by Anna Erickson,

Staff Writer

Verndale City Council is discussing options for a possible new development in the city.

Ryan Sundby has begun working on the housing development, which is located in the northwest part of Verndale, and officially requested the city run water and sewer through his development.

At its Monday meeting, the council discussed the development with its city engineer, James Hines, of Widseth Smith Nolting.

"The first step for the city is a feasibility study," Hines said.

A feasibility study is required by law and will determine whether the city's sewer system could handle an extension and answer other questions. The study would look at different options and costs associated with each one, Hines said.

The city needs to determine who would pay for the feasibility study, which Hines said would cost about $9,500. A committee will meet with the Sundbys to discuss the cost of the feasibility study and how to move forward.

After a feasibility study, the city would need to determine funding options if it wanted to move forward with extending the water and sewer system. Some options include applying for loans and grants or bonding for the project and assessing property owners who buy the new lots, Hines said.

To have city water and sewer ready in the development when a proposed bar and grill would be completed next year, the city needs to begin work on the plans, Maintenance Supervisor Jim Bergquist said in his department report.

In other business, the council:

• Approved a zoning variance for Gary and Denise Rousslang to add an attached garage to their home.

• Approved moving a street light to the intersection of 6th Avenue south and Farwell Street. A citizen who walks around town for exercise recommended moving a light that is located about 150 feet north of the intersection so both streets would be lit up better, Bergquist said.