The new Dunkin Donuts that is expected to be going in on South Main Street in Bowling Green was granted the utility easement necessary from the city for provision of electrical service.

“It does create a strange configuration for access for utilities,” Brian O’Connell, city utilities director, said. “They will share the same driveway that will access the car wash.”

The approval was granted at Monday’s Bowling Green Board of Public Utilities meeting.

CECW 2, LLC, owns two adjacent parcels associated with 1073 S. Main Street. The city needed to accept the easement granted by the adjacent property owner in order to develop electrical service at the property.

The Dunkin Donuts is to be located south of the Advance Auto Parts and north of the Checker’s Car Wash, but sitting somewhat back from the road on 0.7198 acres. On the north side of the piece is 0.9273 of acres vacant land, with the same ownership. O’Connell was not aware of future development plans for that property. Varsity Lanes previously occupied the property being developed.

In other business, Robert Maurer was granted a supplemental agreement for an accommodation sanitary sewer service for two residential properties located at 2308 E. Wooster St. and 2322 E. Wooster St.

The board policy would require Maurer to extend the city sewer line from its end at the easternmost edge of the Holiday Inn Express property, across approximately 2,000 feet of four other properties, without interest in city sanitary sewer access, and to the furthest point east across his property.

“An 18 inch (diameter) sewer, that is 18 feet deep, doesn’t make a lot of sense, and for two houses it’s not really a reasonable requirement,” O’Connell said.

O’Connell explained that the private ownership agreement is not unusual. It will require a grinder pump and a private force main to be installed, of 1 ½ inch diameter, approximately four to five feet below ground. The other private property owners will have to grant access to the land for the private sanitary sewer line. Bowling Green city sewer rates will apply.

The two properties currently have septic systems that need replacement.

In budgetary business, it has been found that remaining expenditures for the year will be short $325,430, or 0.6% of the total budget amount of $50,401,000.

The reason for the shortfall could not be determined but is believed to be “very dependent on actual weather conditions and customer behavior,” O’Connell said.

A request for a supplemental appropriation of $500,000 was requested and approved by the board.

The proposed 2020 Utilities Budgets approved at the Nov. 12 Board of Public Utilities meeting was approved by the board and forwarded on to city council for approval.

“The board approved the 2020 budgets for the Water and Sewer Capital Improvement Fund, which comes from income taxes, and the Utilities Revenue Funds and the Utilities Capital Reserve Funds which come from utility rate payers,” O’Connell said.

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