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Park Rapids City approves Wellhead Protection Plan

On Tuesday evening, the Park Rapids City Council held a public hearing to discuss the Wellhead Protection Plan, which was presented to the council by Mike Strodtman from Minnesota Rural Water Association.

Part 1 of the wellhead protection plan, which was approved by the Minnesota Department of Health, presented the delineation of the wellhead protection area and the drinking water supply management area (DWSMA) as well as the vulnerability assessments for the system's wells and aquifer within the DWSMA.

The vulnerability assessment was performed using available information that indicated that the system was considered moderately vulnerable to contamination due to a small amount of recharge from the surface occurring.

"Part 2 of the wellhead protection plan is, in essence, taking what we know and writing a plan as to how we're going to continue to protect the city's source of drinking water," Strodtman said. "The first thing that we kicked off was the potential contaminant source inventory map, looking at what potential contaminants are within your drinking water supply management area."

Strodtman explained the principal source of contamination to the aquifer would be other wells that reach it, above-ground tanks 1,100 gallons or greater, all below-ground tanks with the potential to leak and classified injection wells.

"There ended up being around 55 sites within this area," he said. "Just because there is a well within your drinking water supply management area doesn't mean it's automatically going to be a contaminant for your drinking water."

In developing management strategies, they looked at the issues, opportunities and potential contaminants to try to find answers to protect the city's source of drinking water.

According to Strodtman, educating the public on how to properly manage their wells or applying for grants to have wells no longer in use sealed would help to protect the city's drinking water.

"This is a 10-year plan. This is the take home message of the activities that need to be done," he said. "I will continue to work with the city, completing these action items over the next 10 years, applying for grants or whatever else is needed."

With no public comments, the council closed the public hearing and adopted a resolution ratifying approval of the 2018 Wellhead Protection Plan for the City of Park Rapids.

In other business, the city council did the following:

• Approved the city hall phase II remodel project.

• Passed a resolution for the adoption of the Hubbard County All-Hazard Mitigation Plan.

• Approved a golf cart/class 2 and an ATV license to operate on Park Rapids City streets.

• Approved a purchase from Midstate Wireless in the amount of $2,122.13 for two two-way radios and an extension microphone for the Public Works department.

• Approved a pay request in the amount of $16,33.41 to BHH Architects for preliminary plans pertaining to the city hall remodel.

• Approved a pay request in the amount of $1,625.50 to Kutak Rock LLP for professional legal services regarding the Armory Square Project.

• Approved a pay request to Apex Engineering Group for professional services pertaining to the Riverside area phase one project and the fire hall expansion project in the amount of $3,450.34.

• Approved a pay request to Girtz Excavating for services pertaining to the water/sewer connection in Discovery Circle in the amount of $2,175.

• Approved a low quote from Howard's Driveway in the amount of $57,000 for 3,167 linear feet of asphalt road repairs in the southwest area of the city.

• Adopted a resolution approving a wage adjustment and step increase for Park Rapids Police Officer Joseph White.

• Approved the purchase of three Glock Gen 4 Training Guns from Keepers Inc. for the Park Rapids Police Department in the amount of $1,387.99 as per state bid price.

• Approved the low bid from Samuelson Laney Plumbing and Heating in the amount of $2,511 to replace the air conditioning unit in the public safety building.

• Approved a pay request in the amount of $18,628.99 for Apex Engineering Group for professional services for the TH71 frontage road project and the fire hall expansion project.

The next regular city council meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 26 in the lower level of the Park Rapids Library.

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