The Estherville City Council spent a little time Monday discussing rain and where it goes after it comes to the ground.
At its regular meeting, council reviewed a report on the storm sewer capacity for the watershed area that includes Eighth Avenue North and Eighth Street.
Council requested the study earlier this year after learning Avera Holy Family Hospital was planning a new parking lot on the south side of the 800 block of Eighth Avenue North.
Area residents were concerned the increased drainage during heavy storms could impact their houses due to the hills in the area.
While the hospital plans to begin construction of the parking lot soon, Estherville City Administrator Penny Clayton reviewed plans to improve the storm water drainage system in the area.
While it is unlikely the city's improvements can be made before the parking lot is a reality, there is work needed in the area.
Clayton said there is some bad pipe west of North Sixth Street. She recommends increase the size and replacing the pipe to take pressure off of storm the areas of Sixth and ninth streets.
Adding intakes on North Seventh and Eighth streets also may help.
But Clayton noted Seventh Street was recently redone and recommended not to change the drainage at this time. However on North Eighth Street, Clayton said hospital officials might be willing to consider participation on adding intakes along their property.
A couple residents thought the proposed improvements should be in place prior to the parking lot's construction. At the very least, the hospital could consider rain gardens to hold some of the runoff.
Clayton said she understood the concerns and would ask hospital officials if they would consider that option.
In a different storm sewer subject, council set Aug. 19 as a public hearing and bid opening for 2013 storm sewer improvements on North First Street.
Clayton said the area receives the runoff from Central Avenue. Also, part of the plan is to increase the 36-inch pipe to a 48-inch pipe.
The engineer's estimate for the project is $109,050 while the city has only budgets $75,000.
In one final piece of business concerning water, the council adopted an ordinance amending raw water (untreated well water) rates to 60 cents per 100 cubic feet or 750 gallons.
The rate was 50 cents per 100 cubic feet, which was last adjusted in 1998.