Minot City Council resurrects storm sewer plan

MINOT, N.D. - A project to improve storm sewers in one of Minot's central neighborhoods has been resurrected by the city council.

Following discussion with the public, the council voted 9 to 4 to approve a less expensive alternative to repair storm sewers along 18th Avenue SW.

The issue came to light in previous summers when the water from sudden downfalls did not drain quickly enough in the neighborhood around Edison Elementary.

Last week, Minot's Finance and Improvements Committee voted to reject the plan altogether, following concerns from the public over cost.

the full council rejected their rejection Monday night, and approved one of the engineer's alternatives that would repair some of the sewers, but not all.

The alternative project will result in a $1.6 million assessment.

“No one wants to get their taxes increased. We all understand that. But we also need to take care of the infrastructure in our city,” said Lisa Olson, Minot alderman.

“I'm just not for kicking the can down the road. It's gonna cost more money down the road. It's an uncomfortable vote, but I think that the repair halfway needs to be taken care of right now,” said Shannon Straight, Minot Alderman.

The full plan which will not go through would have cost taxpayers $2 million.