February 25, 2014

Olsen's Outdoor Power either will have to install a private well or seek annexation of its planned Carroll-area business into the city limits to obtain municipal water service.

Carroll City Council members Monday voted 5-0 (with Councilman Clay Haley absent) to reject a request for city water service to Olsen's. The long-standing Atlantic business that sells outdoor vehicles, equipment and other items has announced plans to open a Carroll location this summer.

Olsen's Outdoor Power, based in Atlantic and in business since 1985, is eyeing an early-July opening for 16,000-square-foot store at 19072 Kittyhawk Ave., south of U.S. 30 (across the highway from Quandt Auto Salvage).

Mayor Adam Schweers said the prospects of city water service is one lure the Farner Government Building has to encourage annexation of tax-producing properties.

"From a good neighbor's standpoint, I think we've done everything we can to welcome them in," Schweers said.

A city watermain is at the corner of the property, said Public Works Director Randy Krauel.

City officials said water service is provided to eight locations outside of the corporate limits. The Carroll County Recycling Center is the only property outside of the city limits to receive municipal water-service extension in the past 30 years.