Upsala water plant equipment to receive overhaul

By Liz Verley, Staff Writer 

The Upsala City Council accepted quotes from Preferred Controls Corp. of Albany to replace the Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) and main computer upgrade at the city’s water plant.

The PLC is the brains of the computer system at the water plant.

Monday the Council heard the present  16-year- old system keeps freezing up. Ryan Sauerer of Preferred Controls said, “The system  you have now may crash one day and we will not be able to bring it back on line. The company is phasing out those systems and we will not be able to find new parts soon.”

Council members agreed that the system needed updating and approved spending $22,825 to update the system and for the installation of a telemetry system from the water plant to the water tower.

Preferred Controls will install a radio and the equipment needed in the existing PLC panel at the water plant  and at the water tower to allow communications between the water plant and the water tower.

The Council also approved the purchase of a dehumidifier for the water plant at a cost of  $3,280 plus tax.

Upsala City Council Briefs

Other business that came before the Upsala City Council Monday included:

• Approving a charitable gambling license for St. Mary’s  to hold a Quilt bingo Feb. 19 and for St. Mary’s  Youth Group’s ham bingo March 25;

• Approving the Planning Commission’s recommendation to change building permit fees from $25 to $75;

• Raising the donation to the Firemen’s Relief Fund from $450 to $600 for each year of service;

• Hearing that the city would receive approximately $1,200 back from its electrical provider on the cost of installing new lights at the back of the Recreation Center;

• Approving an impound agreement which will allow the Morrison County Animal Humane Society to care for stray, abandoned or lost animals until the animal is claimed or available for adoption.  If the animal is claimed within the first five days, the city has no responsibility of payment. If it is not claimed the animal will be put up for adoption and the city will pay the Humane Society upon receipt of a bill;

• Hearing Councilman Brian Lange suggest, to save money, the Senior Center be hooked up to natural gas. No action was taken; and

• Setting the rent for  the Toning Plus lease at $200 a month.

The next regular meeting of the Upsala City Council will be held Monday, March 5.