Park's boom in growth means sewer system must be improved,
By Natalie Cook
December 11, 2006 | HYDE PARK -- The rapid rate of
population growth in Hyde Park will soon necessitate
a new school. However, the city's sewer resources are
insufficient to support the new buildling.
Hyde Park citizens can expect a new elementary school
within the next 5 to 10 years. The land for the school
on the northeast corner of town has been set aside and
paid for. Unfortunately, with the solution to the influx
of youngsters, a new problem arises -- from the sewers.
The sewer system in the northeast portion of Hyde Park
has pipes that are too narrow to stand the pressure
a new school would provide, and the sewer system's current
11-year-old design is inefficient.
To make matters worse, the school isn't the only necessary
addition that would exacerbate the sewer problem. A
200-home housing development project is also underway
in the same area -- another build that will soon become
necessary due to the rapid population growth.
"The way Hyde Park is growing, the town's population
will probably double in 50 years," Mayor Dave Kooyman
The City Council decided to do something about the
problem before everyone had a big stink about it. "If
we don't do something, we'll be full of it," Councilman
Bryan Cox said.
The council has assigned Scott Archibald at Sunrise
Remodeling the messy task of redesigning and updating
the sewer system. Next Wednesday, Archibald will present
the council with three layout options Sunrise has drafted.
Based on the amount of money in the city sewer fund,
the council will choose one of the three and begin the
sewer improvement project.