Aug 22, 2012 at 9:00 am
The East Grand Forks City Council failed to override a mayoral veto last night effectively ending talks about a sewage interconnect system with Grand Forks. The council voted four to three on the override question – short of what was needed to move the project forward. Councilman Mike Pokrzywinski supports the iinterconnect plan as an alternative to fixing the city’s leaking lagoon system. He says the project has been politicized to the point of a stalemate. Mayor Lynn Stauss responded that the cost of the project could raise local taxes by 20-percent. Fixing the existing pond system could cost in excess of 13-million dollars.