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County moves Hartford project ahead


SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO AM) - The Minnehaha County Commission today approved a rezoning for the Meadows Planned Development just outside of Hartford.

     Hartford city officials have concerns about the development's narrow streets and its septic tank system that developers call "state of the art."

     County Commission Chairman Gerald Beninga says the county is always looking for economic development in a controlled environment.  He says commissioners are not proponents and opponents as much as they are trying to make something work.  He's not sure if the project is going to work, from his perspective it's ahead of the game and anytime something's new, there will be lots of questions.

     Beninga says Hartford and the MInnehaha County Commission will jointly decide if the project should move forward.  Meadows' developers plan building 141 town homes and 12 twin homes.

     Hartford would eventually annex the development and wants the builder to double plumb water and sewer lines, one pair going to the city's infrastructer, which would increase the project's cost.

     Meadows' developers say the project will be self-sufficient.