By JoEllen Black/Richmond News
A request from Missouri Valley Community Action Agency to annex its 3.19-acre plot, the site of Head Start and a proposed Richmond Community Early Learning Center and day care, was defeated by Richmond City Council Tuesday. The site is contiguous to Richmond’s city limits at Highway 10 and Business 10.
No one attended the public hearing prior to Tuesday’s council meeting regarding the annexation.
Councilmen expressed concern that unforeseen future mandates from Missouri DNR would force the city to install sewer lines to the facilities, a pricy situation they want to avoid. MVCAA Head Start now uses a lagoon, allowable by state law because of its acreage, according to Lisa Hastings, Richmond community development director.
“I’m still concerned about this lagoon. If DNR is not satisfied, are they going to make us tie them in? There’s no guarantee,” councilman Dave Powell said, especially when more students attend the site when construction is complete. “Since this won’t impact what they’re going to do, I’d put it (annexation) off for a year to 18 months. I would be absolutely against it if we had to add sewer (lines).” Powell, along with councilmen Sam Coleman, Bob Bond, Jim Dunwoodie and Tom Williams, voted against the annexation.
“DNR has made changes, like UV (ultra violet light requirements) and changed a bunch of stuff since planning and building the sewer plant,” Dunwoodie said. “DNR can do whatever and there’s no guarantee they won’t.”
“I can never imagine they would direct us to do that,” City Administrator Ron Brohammer said of DNR, asking City Attorney Chris Williams for his opinion. Williams said he thought it would be highly unlikely DNR would mandate the city to build sewer lines.