Met Council Working to Fix Smelly Problem in Minneapolis Neighborhood

September 13, 2018 10:22 PM

A smelly problem for one Minneapolis neighborhood might soon be fixed.

This week, the Metropolitan Council took a step toward approving emergency funding to fix a part of the city's sewer system in the neighborhood along Lake Street and West River Road.


That's welcome news to residents there.

For Garry Peterson, being outside this summer hasn't been all that fun.

"This has been different, basically (it) is repulsive and smells like a dead animal," said Peterson, who lives in the neighborhood. 

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A nearby odor control facility along the banks of the Mississippi River is part of the Regional Wastewater Treatment System.

Last fall, the Met Council made improvements to the site to fix sewer odor problems. But this summer, the Met Council received several new complaints. 

"We used to have a typical sewer smell, I think it's familiar to everybody, but this has been different," Peterson said. 

Peterson said he can't enjoy time on his patio because the smell is so bad.

"We haven't had too many evenings that it's been possible to eat our dinner or sit out here," Peterson said. 

The Met Council listened to the complaints. This week, the body's Environment Committee approved $200,000 in emergency funding to try and eliminate the source of the stink. 

"The Met Council people have tried to address it, and I think many times (have) been successful and cooperative," Peterson said. 

With colder months approaching, Peterson wants to enjoy as much time as he can outdoors, and he hopes he can do so without a the wind blowing a nasty smell his way. 

"I just hope it is effective and they're willing to do whatever it takes to eradicate this," Peterson said. 

The $200,000 will come from the council's Interceptor Services Business Unit operating budget. The issue will go to the full council on September 26.


Brett Hoffland

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