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February 9, 2010

City Council approves land-code amendment

Public lift station approved at stagestand

DUNCAN — The ongoing debate for a public sewage lift station in the Stagestand Creek drainage mini-basin has finally come to a close. With a vote of 3-2, the council decided to accept the amendment that will allow for the privately built lift station to be accepted and presented as a public lift station and connected to a public sewage disposal system in the Claridy Creek drainage basin.

The debate on the lift station has been drawn out over several months for land development owner Jim Edwards. Edwards can continue pursuing his development of Stonebridge housing edition.

“It’s been a long time coming,” Edwards said. “It’s a weight off our shoulders now.”

Edwards said that the next step for him in development is getting the plans and plots out to potential owners.

“We’ve been holding off until we got the results from this before we began letting people pick their lots,” Edwards said. “We’re ready to let people start picking.”

The amendment will not only allow Edwards to hook Stonebridge developments up to the lift station, but since it will now be a public system, other citizens in the area have the option to tap on to the line if they wish. Edwards didn’t seem concerned though.

Edwards said that development takes a considerable amount of time and that he is hopeful that before capacity is met on the public system, the city will have a functioning sewer line in that area since Duncan continues to grow north.

Edwards said that he didn’t think there were many houses in the area to affect the public sewer system. Had Edwards been able to proceed with a private system it would have been easier, but due to DEQ regulations, they recommended that they try for the public system.

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