Lowell annexes seven of eight parcels

2012-08-28T00:00:00Z Lowell annexes seven of eight parcelsMelanie Csepiga Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
August 28, 2012 12:00 am  • 

LOWELL | Protests from property owners Monday failed to convince the Town Council those properties should not be annexed.

The council agreed to annex seven of the eight parcels presented during the public hearing.

Ken Novak's concerns about his business, a tree trimming company at 18007 Holtz Road, and its future in-town boundaries was sufficient to prompt the council to table that decision.

Gary Heizer, 17705 Holtz Road, read into the record a petition against forced annexation. It was signed by owners of four other Holtz Road properties. Heizer said he and his wife want "an unlimited water supply" for their lawn and pool. He said not all the properties are surrounded by property already in the town's boundaries. He also expressed concern about municipal sewer service.

As approved Monday, the owners of the seven annexed parcels — on the east end of Holtz Road and on the north central boundaries — will not be required to tap into the sanitary sewer system until their septics fail. Tapping into municipal water is voluntary. The sewer tap-in fee is $2,015, and the water tap-in fee is $750.

In moving for annexation, Councilman Edgar Corns, R-5th, said, "We can't handle these islands through Lowell."

Police Chief John Shelhart said the properties annexed Monday already benefit from police patrols.

Greg Guerretaz, of Financial Solutions Group, which prepared the fiscal plans for the annexations, said the main reason to annex such "pockets" is because they already benefit from municipal tax dollars providing services to them.

Council President Phillip Kuiper, D-4th, reissued his executive order of a month ago. It will be valid for another 30 days to meet state and federal requests to reduce water use during the drought.

A planned discussion on a municipal storm water utility fee was canceled after Councilman Donald Parker, D-3rd, said he and Guerretaz had discussed possible alternatives that need to be explored further.

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