NEWTON — With 100 percent support from residents of the area, the Newton City Council voted to annex the Brookside/Xander subdivision into the city.
Discussions began on annexing the subdivision several months ago, and the decision was finally approved on Tuesday after all of the residents of the subdivision signed releases stating their support for annexation. The move toward annexation allows the city to provide amenities and services to the area, namely water and sanitary upgrades.
The timing of those upgrades is still up for discussion, however. With the need for permits and prep work, work on the project could begin anywhere from as soon as permits are given to the fall or even spring 2015.
Connor and Connor Consulting Engineer Shannon Woodard said one issue the city faces in the project is the relative size of the project. He said it may be beneficial to the city to wait and tie the upgrades to water and sewer systems into other citywide upgrades, namely planned water and sanitary improvements around the city square.
“It’s almost too small of a project right now,” he said. “We could wait and do it when we do the square.”
The main issue with doing two projects at the same time comes down to the cost of the project, where having to pay an engineer for two separate projects requires a higher cost than putting together a single larger project.
According to the approved annexation agreement, the city has one year to begin construction on the project from when the agreement was signed.
Upgrades to the water and sanitary systems throughout the city aren’t the only thing on the agenda for change. Mayor Mark Bolander said the city is preparing to update its strategic planning documents by reaching out to the community and planning the next five years of hopeful changes.