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Oregon council on Monday approved an agreement with Aldi for the purchase of a permanent easement to install a waterline on the south side of Navarre Avenue.

To proceed with construction of the waterline, which will extend from Aldi to adjacent property owned by Rudy’s Hot Dog, the city required the purchase of the easement on property owned by Aldi.

The city and Aldi agreed to a purchase price regarding the value of the permanent easement.

Mayor Mike Seferian said Public Service Director Paul Roman had worked diligently to get the agreement.

“Under the circumstances, I think it’s a pretty fair arrangement for the city, fair for Rudy’s and fair for the future development on Navarre Avenue,” said Seferian.

Rudy’s Hot Dog is looking at developing the property just west of Aldi’s, said Roman.

“We noticed there really wasn’t a hydrant close to their site, at least on the south side of Navarre,” said Roman. “And through our fire department, we felt a hydrant would be needed. The best way to get one there is from the tap that was installed by Aldi a few years ago when it was developed. We looked at all kinds of ways of extending it. But the simplest and lowest cost is to do it in a waterline easement just south of the right of way line. You can try to put it in the right of way, but to work around Aldi’s existing infrastructure and even right of way restoration, it would be more expensive than the easement. So the easement is the way to go.”

There is a 20 inch trunkline in the middle of Navarre Avenue. Commercial properties like Rudy’s would otherwise have to bore across Navarre to tap into it. Getting a local line on the south side instead of the long tap would be a much better use of the city’s money.

The agreement includes some conditions from Aldi, “more or less regarding no disruptions to their site when we’re performing any waterline work. That’s pretty much our norm anyway,” said Roman.

Councilman James Seaman asked whether there was a timeline for Rudy’s to develop the site following the completion of the waterline installation.

“Quite frankly, I don’t know where they are at in terms of their schedule,” said Roman. There was progress on the architectural designs when officials met with them last fall, he added.

.”They’re working on the site plans, but I’ve not received any plans from them since,” he said.

“This easement will provide a waterline extension both east and west of Aldi. So it will help promote development on either side, whoever comes in,” said Roman.

“I did speak with some of the owners of Rudy’s,” added Seferian, “and I am under the assumption that we would not be holding them up. So our waterline will be ready before they will need it. They’re working within their own time parameters.”

Roman said Rudy’s has owned the property for about 20 years.

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