The request to fund the costs of a portion of water line at a new development may lead to changes to building code standards.
Last week, Union aldermen agreed to pay $9,872 of the costs to install a 10-inch water line at the future Oak View Village.
City Engineer Jonathan Zimmermann said the funds would pay to upgrade the proposed 8-inch water line to a 10-inch line.
Golden Management, the developers of Oak View Village, proposed the smaller line, but a city water study called for a larger line due to future industrial growth in the Progress Parkway area.
Aldermen approved the cost for the water line installation, but questioned if the minimum requirements should be changed.
“If our water study shows that we should install a 10-inch line, then why can’t we make that a requirement,” asked Alderman Bob Schmuke.
City Engineer Jonathan Zimmermann said in most circumstances, a city water system study would be approved prior to the adoption of a comprehensive plan.
But the city’s comprehensive plan was approved in 2011, and the water study was completed last year.
“We could probably incorporate it into a five-year strategic plan,” Zimmermann said.
Alderman Karen Erwin said the standard water line near industrial zones should be 10 inches so the city doesn’t pay the cost to install new lines.
“I would like to see a 10-inch (line) as a minimum so in the future we don’t help the developer pay for their development,” she said.
The water study was funded by the city and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
The total cost of the project was about $86,000. The city was responsible for 42 percent, or about $36,200. The study provided an improvement program for the city’s water system. Prior to this study, the most recent study was conducted in the late 1990s.
The study included an evaluation of the overall water system, water supply wells, storage units, as well as shortfalls and proposed improvements.
The results show the water system’s operational and financial capabilities.
Also included in the scope of work was a study of water pressure levels, pipe widths and future water needs for the community.
Oak View Village
In March the Union Board of Aldermen approved the Oak View Village subdivision plat on 28.11 acres located south of the Union Firehouse No. 3 off Denmark Road. The property is west of Progress Parkway.
Steve and Milton Goldenberg, with Golden Management, are planning a 47-unit senior living center.
The first lot will be Phase I of the project which calls for a 47-unit senior living center. The second lot, or Phase II, would be prepared for future development. Lot three would be the remaining portion of the property which is under contract with the Union R-XI School District.
Plans call for a village for people 55 years and older and their spouses. Children could not live in the development. The Oak West Village would be maintenance free for residents and would include a clubhouse.
The Missouri Housing Development Commission (MHDC) approved the request by Golden Management in January after determining a need for this senior housing in Franklin County.
The development will be eligible for state and federal tax credits.
It is not subsidized, nor assisted living, city officials said.
Golden Management operates several developments, including one built 40 years ago, and the owners have said they have no plans to build and then sell the senior living community.
The Goldenbergs were the developers of the Jack in the Box and QuikTrip.