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Armstrong Council OKs water plant repairs

By Staff | Nov 8, 2013

ARMSTRONG – The Armstrong City Council Monday approved spending $10,000 for repairs to an iron filter at the city water plant.

Kelly Evans of I&S Engineering provided the quote from Krudico of Auburn.

Evans said a rubber seal capped with concrete could provide a temporary fix for two to three years and give the city time to look at other repair or replacement options.

Maintenance director Tom Leach said Iowa Department of Natural Resources environmental specialist Julie Sievers had inspected the plant and suggested that the city get the best deal on a preliminary fix, and after obtaining an engineer’s report, find a longterm solution.

When council member Jon Larsen asked how much of an emergency it was to do the repairs, Leach said a bypass of the iron filter was already in place and that would put all the workload on city softeners. If the filter system failed, he said the city could last two days on water.

As to when repairs should be done, said Evans, “the sooner the better.”

“I think we need to do something tonight to get ahead of this,” said council member Dave Grussing.

The council approved the repairs and also discussed the status of a wastewater agreement with GKN. Evans said a GKN engineer had called about a pretreatment agreement; however, Evans didn’t want to move forward without city approval.

He said he could set up a meeting again with GKN to firm up an agreement.

In other matters, city clerk Connie Thackery noted the first pickup using the city garbage truck would be Wednesday, Nov. 20. The council also approved entering into a loan agreement with Northstar Bank for financing purchase of garbage containers at $38,700.

Mayor Marv Dailey said the city will have to take snow removal bids for downtown city sidewalks, with a special meeting Nov. 18.

The council approved Ordinance 2013-1, amending and revising waste control, collection and transportation of solid waste.

Also approved was a liquor license renewal for Armstrong Community Center.

The council also approved Resolution 2013-5, providing for cooperation with other governmental units in the operation of the Emmet County Council of Governments. The council also approved appointment of Don Leach to the ECCOG Board.

The council also approved a director of maintenance sharing agreement with Armstrong-Ringsted School District.