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Howard Lake City Council approves water treatment facility repair plans
Nov. 23, 2015

Ivan Raconteur

HOWARD LAKE, MN – Howard Lake City Council approved plans and specifications for water treatment facility repairs during Tuesday’s meeting, and authorized city engineer Sheila Krohse of Bolton & Menk to advertise for bids.

In a memo to the city, Krohse noted the Howard Lake Water Treatment Facility consists of a two-cell steel filter designed to remove iron, manganese, and arsenic.

There is currently an issue at the bottom of the filters in an area called the underdrain. This area supports the filter media and allows water to flow through the filter, as well as allowing the media to be cleaned properly, Krohse wrote.

Areas of each cell demonstrate excessive turbulence during the cleaning process, which indicates corrosion has damaged the underdrain.

Tonka Filtration Equipment and Bolton & Menk have examined the filter and determined repairs are needed.

Krohse recommended the city repair the underdrain and replace the filter media.

Expected service life of the repair is 5 to 10 years, assuming no significant (industrial) users are added to the city’s water system during that period.

The engineer’s estimate for the project is $150,000.

The timeline Krohse proposed includes:

• advertise for bids Nov. 23, 30, and Dec. 7;

• open bids Dec. 15;

• award project to low bidder Jan. 5; and

• project construction late January-early February 2016.

The council approved the plans and specifications and authorized Krohse to advertise for bids.

MAWSECO update

The council heard an update regarding the Meeker and Wright Special Education Cooperative (MAWSECO) from Director Janell Bullard.

The group leases space in the former middle school building from the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted School District.

It provides services to students from kindergarten through age 21, and brings 40 to 45 people to the city daily.

MAWSECO was planning to move from the old portion of the building to the new section last week.

An open house will take place sometime in January, Bullard said.

The council approved changing two handicap parking spaces that are no longer used, with bus drop-off zone signs.

Odds and ends

In other business, the council:

• certified an assessment list for unpaid charges.

• discussed the 2016 budget during a work session following the regular meeting. The city’s truth in taxation hearing, during which residents can ask about and comment on the budget and levy, is scheduled Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 6 p.m. at city hall.

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