Plan­ners ex­press ire

The Times (Northeast Benton County) - - FRONT PAGE - ANNETTE BEARD abeard@nwadg.com

Con­struc­tion on Maple Glen Phase II was to be shut down for vi­o­la­tion of city re­quire­ments as con­di­tions of ap­proval of the large scale de­vel­op­ment plan.

Over­head elec­tric lines were re­peat­edly re­quested to be re­moved, city of­fi­cials said, and enu­mer­ated as a con­di­tion for ap­proval. Street De­part­ment head Nathan See said he had spo­ken with Derek Thur­man, en­gi­neer for Car­roll Elec­tric Co­op­er­a­tive, who told him there is no plan for those lines to go un­der­ground. See said the devel­oper, Kevin Fel­gen­hauer had told him the lines would go un­der­ground.

“You shut them down and make a be­liever out of them,” Dr. Karen Sher­man, plan­ner, said. “He is chronic about telling us he’ll do some­thing and not fol­low­ing up. I didn’t re­al­ize we’d let him get away with that.”

“The city needs to let them know … that we have no in­ten­tion of giv­ing him ap­proval on any­thing un­til he com­plies,” Zach Hoyt, plan­ner, said.

“You can’t build a per­ma­nent struc­ture un­der a power line,” Townsend told plan­ners.

City Wa­ter De­part­ment em­ployee Mike Nida said that too of­ten builders don’t pro­vide the “as builts” as re­quired by the city and the con­struc­tion dif­fers from the plans.

“There needs to be a way to en­force pro­vid­ing proper as builts,” Nida said.

“We’re only go­ing to get more de­vel­op­ment,” plan­ner Chris John­son said. “Let’s work as a team. Let’s hold their feet to the fire.”

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