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Council approves water main section replacement
February 9, 2018

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After holding a conference call during a regular meeting Monday evening, the Rugby City Council voted to replace a damaged section of a main transporting raw water.

The council held a conference call with Wade Senger, of Interstate Engineering, to discuss repair/replacement options regarding the raw water main.

The main in question has a section of asbestos cement piping, which is under a slough area, that has undergone numerous repairs.

Ward 2 Councilman Dave Bednarz asked if Senger was sure the rest of the main was in good shape. Senger said without digging it up he couldn't guarantee if the rest of it was in good condition.

Both Rugby Mayor Arland Geiszler and Ward 4 Councilwoman Sue Steinke asked about project financing. Senger said grants were competitive, and the project could be approved for a 20 to 30-year loan at 2 percent interest.

Steinke asked what the timeline would be on the project if the council approved. Senger said the goal would be to start immediately on detailed planning and specifications and financing.

The city uses three well sites. Well Field One is a site four miles east of Rugby that contains wells one and two, both of which have been disconnected from the city's potable water supply due to water hardness and difficulty to treat. The water from those wells are used for other purposes. Well Field Two, which is 1.5 miles south of Sand Lake, comprises wells three and four. Well Field Three, the newest site, comprises wells six, eight and nine the seventh well failed and was not put into service.

To pump the water to the city a secondary water main was installed, which includes 10-inch piping between fields two and three, 12-inch piping between fields one and two and 14-inch piping between the city and and field one.

During the original project to carry water to the plant from field one, a 10-inch asbestos cement pipe had been installed. When well fields expanded in the 1970s, additional asbestos cement pipe was installed to field two. The original pipe was installed in a slough area, which has become inundated. Saturated soils have contributed to the pipe's failure, and the pipe has been repaired numerous times. The newer PVC piping has been used in favor of the asbestos cement pipe, however the latter would serve as a redundancy.

In a packet the Council had been presented three options with different costs. Option one was to do nothing, leaving the main in its state and rely on the PVC piping. Under the evaluation of alternatives in the packet, doing nothing would "require more resources over time", "prolong the need to replace the section of pipe" and "increase the future costs for delaying the needed improvements

Option two, replacing the damaged main, would involve replacing the stretch of damaged main under the slough at a cost of $207,000. Under the evaluation of alternatives section, this was determined to be the best option, as the other areas of the pipe that weren't crossing the slough area have not had issues with breaks.

Option three entailed just fixing and leaving the main in its current area, which would cost $10,000. The evaluation of alternatives section said that the pipe has been repaired numerous times and continues to break in different locations under the slough, and repairs can only be done either during winter or dry times of the year.

Bednarz motioned to go with option two, which members present voted to approve.

Ward 4 Councilman Chuck Longie was absent for the meeting.

Other actions

- The council approved a credit card management policy that would name Water Plant Supervisor Greg Boucher, Public Works Supervisor Troy Munyer, Chief of Police John Rose and City Auditor Jennifer Stewart as cardholders. The cards would be used for city business purposes.

- The council tabled a proposal from the Tallahassee, Fla.-based Municipal

Coding Corporation for re-codification, supplement services and online hosting of city ordinances.

- The council approved two abatement applications for Krystal Meester and A.J. Schneibel.

- The council approved a raffle permit application for the Good Samaritan Health Services Foundation, and denied an application for Team Hope-a Pierce County Relay for Life team.

- The council approved January meeting minutes, bills and financial statements, Municipal Judge's report, and the 2016 audit report and payment of $165 to cover the cost of reviewing it.

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