BURT'S BLOG

CHARGES FROM MET COUNCIL SURPRISE BIRCH’S OWNERS

By Sean Miner

The Pioneer

At its April 7 meeting, the Long Lake City Council discussed the ongoing development of Birch’s Brewhouse. At the core of this discussion was a recent SAC (Sewer Availability Charge) determination from the Metropolitan (Met) Council.

Essentially, these determinations assign charges for changes in sewer use and access. The determination for Birch’s was expected, but the amount charged by the Met Council was considerably higher than either the property-owners or Long Lake city staff had anticipated.

“This was quite a shock for us,” said Brennan Greene, brewmaster and co-owner for the brewhouse-to-be.

The charges are based on an estimate, performed by the Met Council, of how much wastewater a particular property could flow from a property into the Metropolitan Disposal System (MDS) sewer. These charges are measured in SAC units

Read complete article...