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Underwood expanding its sewer, water lines

Published 9:14am Tuesday, March 25, 2014 Updated 11:15am Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Underwood’s expansion of its sewer and water lines may have been planned because of the needs of one business, but mayor Paul Hoff thinks it will mean much more than that in the future.

“We’re planning for the future,” Hoff said.

The first part of that plan includes hooking up the Quik Stop to the city’s lines.

Quik Stop manager Bruce Huseth approached city officials last fall about becoming part of the city’s system. Huseth was unable to be reached for comment this week.

Many city officials have always been in favor of extending the lines to the other side of Highway 210, according to Hoff.

Previously, the city’s sewer and water lines ended just behind the Underwood Laundromat and the Underwood city limits ended before Highway 210, as well.

But Huseth’s request, made because of plans to expand his business, put in motion plans to extend those limits, plans which Hoff believes are a long time coming.

“They put in new water and sewer lines maybe 12 years ago and that’s when this should have been part of hat bigger project,” Hoff said. “But money’s always tight in these small towns.”

The project will cost about $140,000, according to Hoff. The city will borrow the money and Underwood residents will not see any tax increases as part of the expansion.

The city could look into state grants or, more likely, independent money lenders to pay for the projects.

After Huseth’s request, the city held public meetings last summer about the proposed expansion.

Those meetings were followed by the official annexation of the land on which Quik Stop sits.

Quik Stop was formerly in Tordenskjold Township, but now resides within the expanded Underwood city limits.

“That’s just a natural expansion of Underwood,” Hoff said.

Since the annexation, city engineers have been busy drawing up construction plans. Hoff said the sewer and water lines may have to be extended by about 400 to 500 feet to accommodate Quik Stop.

The process has taken several months in part because state officials had to get involved, as well, as Highway 210 is a state road.

There is no set date for when the city hopes to open up the project to construction bids, but Hoff would like to get it done as soon as possible, with construction beginning soon after.

As part of the project, there will also be a new fire hydrant placed in front of the Quik Stop, directly across Highway 210 from the laundromat.

But Huseth’s business is not the only one on that side of Highway 210. New Horizons also has a plant along Highway 35 and Hoff has heard the company may also be looking into expansion.

If that happens, New Horizons would more than likely request to become part of Underwood, as well.

“We need to plan for expansion on both sides of 35,” Hoff said.

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