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Water main looping not an option for CSAH 21 project

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Water main looping not an option for CSAH 21 project
Park Rapids Minnesota PO Box 111 56470

Menahga's CSAH 21 construction project plans and specifications have already been sent to MnDOT, which means the council can make no changes at this point.

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However, the council held a special meeting Tuesday to hear Ulteig Engineers' Chris Thorson present why the city didn't go in the direction of looping water mains from Oak Avenue to CSAH 21.

The council chose to go with the dead end water main option when the final plans were sent to MnDOT because it's a more cost effective approach.

Thorson said it brought assessments down by $400 to $600 per lot or a total of about $25,000 for the overall project.

But looping would give residents more than one source of water in case of a water main break, Thorson said.

"It's always best, when you can and when it's feasible to loop," he said adding that it can always be added in the future.

Councilwoman Maxine Norman said by doing her own research, she found that looping causes stagnant and freezing water.

Thorson said that stagnant water depends on the overall quality of water in the city and also usage. Freezing water can be a result of water mains not buried deep enough, but it has nothing to do with looping or dead end mains.

No further decisions or changes on the CSAH 21 construction projects were made Tuesday.

Councilman Joel Mickelson suggested moving discussions that don't require a decision or vote by the council to regular council meetings instead of calling special meetings and "wasting the taxpayers' money."

Currently, MnDOT is conducting the first review on the project plans. By the end of June, bid opening will start and once the council approves a bid, a public hearing will likely be held in late June.

In other business:

The council voted to give the Menahga Civic and Commerce a sign easement for two new welcome signs on the north and south ends of town.

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