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Water project concept accepted

By Staff | Oct 20, 2008

A briefing on a proposed water plant expansion and ground storage reservoir project was presented to Estherville City Council Monday.

Bruce Bruns, water utility superintendent, said the plant has a 140,000 gallon concrete underground storage reservoir for aerated and filtered water. He noted that in the past 51 years, few repairs have been made for good reason.

“There is no backup storage reservoir at the water plant. We can only take the clearwell out of service for a limited period of time, not allowing time for the clearwell to be drained, repairs made and proper disinfection before putting back into service.”

Bruns said there are noticeable deterioration of the exterior concrete which raises concern about the interior condition. A 2005 inspection shows deteriorating conditions internally as well.

The council approved a project “in concept” for a two-filter addition at a total project cost of $2,007,300.

In other matters, the council was presented a copy of a letter addressed to David Forsyth, city attorney, from Emmet County Attorney Douglas R. Hansen regarding the city’s No U-Turn ordinance.

Forsyth said Hansen respectfully disagrees with Forsyth’s interpretations.

It is Hansen’s opinion the no U-Turn ordinance is ineffective because there is no signage. A May 2008 arrest stemming from a no U-Turn violation which led to an OWI charge is the reason for the legal dialogue. He labeled this as a “mistake of law case” and suggested the city either repeal the ordinance or install appropriate signage.

After a lengthy discussion, the council decided to take no action but noted if anyone makes a U-turn on Central Avenue, the police will enforce the city ordinance and the city attorney will prosecute.