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Park Rapids tackles more improvements

Two utility improvement projects are scheduled for the summer of 2012. (ULTEIG ENGINEERS PROJECT MAP)1 / 2
Two utility improvement projects are scheduled for the summer of 2012. (ULTEIG ENGINEERS PROJECT MAP)2 / 2

More water and sewer improvements are on the docket in Park Rapids.

The Park Rapids City Council received a preliminary engineering report for Discovery Circle and County Road 6 at its Tuesday meeting.

The improvements are on the Capital Improvement Plan and are on the schedule because of an annexation agreement between the city and Henrietta Township.

The extension of utilities to Discovery Circle have been discussed for more than 30 years, said city engineer Jon Olson.

Utilities will be installed within the road right-of-way to provide the easiest access for maintenance. Currently many of the homes have out-of-date and failing septic systems.

In 2002, the first phase of the project was completed to provide service to Northwoods Bank. At that time, a sanitary sewer lift station was installed along with watermain and sanitary sewer.

The proposed improvements include a 6-inch PVC main extended around the Discovery Circle loop and service laterals extended to the property lines. It will be the property owners' responsibility to make the connection from the property line to the house.

The sanitary sewer will be 8-inch mains extended parallel to the watermain improvements.

The existing bituminous rural street will be restored to a 28-foot width and ditches would be constructed on both sides where necessary to collect and convey stormwater.

The estimated cost of the improvements is $917,500 with the city share at $162,800 and assessable share at $754,700. The estimated assessment per lot is $16,900.

A public hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 14 followed by design, bidding and construction starting in June or July of 2012.

The second part of the project includes a watermain within the ditch section of County Road 6 to better network the city's water distribution system.

Currently, there are two watermains that cross Fish Hook River but they aren't connected. By making a looping connection the distribution of water will be better with improved fire flow and water quality, Olson said.

The project will include approximately 2,600 feet of 12-inch PVC watermain along County Road 6.

The estimated cost for the looping connection is $307,000. This cost is not assessable.

In other business, the council:

• Voted to hold meetings at 7 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. This is a change from the noon meeting time. Several councilmembers thought changing the meeting time to the evening would make it easier for the public to attend.

• Appointed David W. Konshok as acting mayor for 2012 if Mayor Nancy Carroll is away.

• Heard a proposal to add a public, educational and government access channel (PEG) in Park Rapids. Greg Anderson, representing MSVcTV of Menahga, said he would like to add an additional channel to be filled with local programming, including local meetings.

The council heard from Joel Smith, an Arvig Communications representative, who said there was already a channel in place that isn't being fully utilized.

The council directed Anderson to work with Arvig to fill the other PEG channel first and also make contact with Charter Communications.

• Approved giving a credit of $446.31 on the sewer portion of a water bill for The Glass Doctor. A broken water line was discovered but the water didn't go into the city's sewer system.

• Approved giving a credit of $406.42 on the sewer portion of a water bill for Brandon Nisius. A broken water line was discovered at his home but the water did not go into the city's sewer system.

Anna Erickson
Anna Erickson is editor of the Wadena Pioneer Journal.
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