Help me out on this one: a conditional-use permit for Heartland Consumers Power District's new buildings in the Lakeview Industrial Park comes up on the Madison City Commission's agenda Monday night. Local optometrist Jud Bergan attends the meeting to voice concerns about drainage from the property to his adjoining business lot. He worries that construction of the new facility might exacerbate those problems.
Here's where I need the help: the commissioners thank Dr. Bergan for bringing the issue to their attention, but they go ahead and issue the conditional-use permit, saying this meeting isn't the proper venue for addressing drainage concerns.
Hmm... I would think any permitting process relating to the construction project would be a perfectly appropriate time to deal with problems that project might cause.
Don't worry, Jud: Builder Jason Crain of Sioux Falls assures the city their work will make the drainage better. And even if it doesn't, the LAIC is rolling in dough thanks to its big federal earmark. They should be able to fix any drainage problems. Just be quiet and don't make waves... in that water in your parking lot.
***Pipeline News from Corps of Engineers - I just heard on NPR SDPB-Radio that the US Corps of Engineers has stated that the current Dakota Access pipeline route under the Missouri is unsatisfactory...
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