The city of Marshall needs a new water supply, and is planning on venturing into Yellow Medicine County to obtain a suitable groundwater source.
This past Tuesday, Yellow Medicine County board members followed the recommendation of the county Planning Commission and approved a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) to Marshall Municipal Utilities (MMU) that will allow the organization to construct a raw water pipeline through southern portions of Normania and Sandnes Townships extending roughly 12 miles east to west, approximately one to two miles over the county line.
The project, known as the Sandnes Raw Water Main Project is considered an essential service and is to be located within the county's Rural Preservation Management District. As such, the YMC Land Use and Related Resource Management Ordinance requires a CUP. The land where the wells are located is owned by MMU.
According to County Planning Commission minutes, the project has been on the drawing board for 17 years and discussion was held regarding permitting, tile line repairs, using the road ditch for water lines and other utilities, informing land owners about the project, and how it will affect other wells and water quality.
Minutes state that there was only one comment received by the Planning Commission, and that there were no problems with the project so long as the pipe is installed in and along the right-of-way and no farm land would be disturbed.
Commissioners approved the CUP with three conditions: One, that YMC and Normania and Sadnes Townships would not be held liable for any expenses incurred in the event that any repairs or relocation of the raw water line become necessary due to on-going maintenance or repair of the county township roads affected by the project.
Two, that any damage to the roads as a result of the project would be repaired at the expense of the MMU.
And, three, that any damage done to public or private drainage tile lines shall be repaired to the satisfaction of the local drainage authority or private landowners.
In other news, commissioners passed a resolution recognizing October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
According to Becci Leonard of the Women's Rural Advocacy Program (WRAP), at least 14 women died from domestic violence, at least three family members/friends were murdered and at least one man died as a result of domestic violence across the state in 2012.
Looking at 2013, the numbers have jumped considerably. To date, at least 32 individuals have beenmurdered due to domestic violence, she said.