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Residents, city officials question Menards well plan

Published: Saturday, March 18, 2017 5:30 a.m. CDT

Plano residents and city council members are concerned about a 7,000 foot deep well proposed by Menards for their site on Eldamain Road. Scott Nuttelman, Menards real estate representative, fielded numerous questions from the aldermen during a Committee of the Whole meeting following the council meeting on Monday night.

The water will be mixed with a non-hazardous chemical by Menards to treat lumber it uses and sells for building construction. He said the process is expected to create 100 new jobs. Nuttelman said the plant is estimated to cost $10 million and will generate an estimated $500,000 in property taxes annually.

Two residents who live in the area of Menards expressed concern about the proposed well taking water from the much shallower wells that supply their homes with water. He said the well will be private and be used only by Menards for their treatment plant. It will take water from a separate aquifer that is separate from all other wells in the area, so it will not affect the shallower wells that supply the residents, he said.

Nuttelman said it will be considered city property, so if it ever causes problems, the city can turn it off. If Menards discontinues using the well at any time, they will cap and seal it, Nuttelman said.

Alderman Bob Jones asked if Menards would be willing to build a retail store in Plano.Nuttelman said they are always watching the growth in the area.

When asked about light from the well site shining outside of Menards site, he said this will not produce any more light than what is there now.

He also was asked about future growth at the site and said Menards will no doubt expand its uses here which could increase traffic at that time. But nothing at the well site will have any effect on traffic, he added.

Nuttelman said they have three other identical treatment facilities operating in Nebraska, Ohio and Wisconsin.

The plant will be operated on two shifts each day and will be busier during the construction season, he said.

Mayor Bob Hausler said they want the city's water superintendent and public works director to make periodic inspections at the site.

The agreement will be changed to include the items discussed and presented for approval at a future city council meeting.