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East Gull Lake: Council decides on sewer easement with Kavanaugh's Resort

The East Gull Lake City Council agreed to offer 18 credits for sewer connections to Kavanaugh's Resort in exchange for an easement, according to Feb. 8 draft meeting minutes.

The East Gull Lake City Council agreed to offer 18 credits for sewer connections to Kavanaugh's Resort in exchange for an easement, according to Feb. 8 draft meeting minutes.

Mayor Dave Kavanaugh excused himself from the meeting before this discussion.

The council had been in discussion with Kavanaugh's Resort for months over a length of sewer line in the resort property. The line had been constructed by Kavanaugh's at a cost of $100,000 for 23 units on the property, according to meeting minutes. The city ended up using that line, and therefore required an agreement between the resort and city. Without an agreement, there was liability for both the city and the resort.

Past discussions included the possibility of purchasing easements from Kavanaugh's for the sewer line for $30,000. The cost was determined according to the price the city would pay to install a pipeline circumventing the resort using directional boring. A decision was not reached, and the discussion was on the verge of requiring legal discussion with attorneys. Meeting minutes said the city and resort were both concerned about attorney fees.

The council discussed other possibilities, but decided to offer 18 credits for sewer connections, eigh of which Kavanaugh's could choose to sell. The council agreed to cover the costs of legal documentation that needs to be prepared as well as easement preparations.

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The decision was approved unanimously by the council, with Kavanaugh and council member Dennis Lang absent.

In other business, the council:

• Reviewed the comprehensive plan, zoning map and city ordinance regarding cell phone towers. It was noted that the zoning map has many incorrect markings and requires review.

• Discussed road heaves and cracks on Green Gables Road. It was noted the road is still under warranty.

Related Topics: EAST GULL LAKE
Travis Grimler began work at the Echo Journal Jan. 2 of 2013 while the publication was still split in two as the Pine River Journal and Lake Country Echo. He is a full time reporter/photographer/videographer for the paper and operates primarily out of the northern stretch of the coverage area (Hackensack to Jenkins).
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