Upsala water plant equipment to be repainted

By Jennie Zeitler, Staff Writer
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Due to the high amount of corrosion on parts of the Upsala water plant equipment, Jeff Ledin, Short Elliott Hendrickson (SEH) engineer, recommended that they be recoated.

“There is corrosion on most of the piping and other parts where most of the primer and paint are both gone,” Ledin said at Monday night’s City Council meeting. “This has been caused by the extremely humid conditions in the water plant since the equipment was installed in 1976.”

The filter case, a ledge outside the filter tank, and pipings and fittings need to be repainted.  “New coating work should last from 15 to 20 years without any major retouching,” said Ledin.

“Otherwise, the water plant is in good physical condition,” he said.

“The work is best done during a time of very low humidity such as early winter.”  He told the City Council to go ahead in the meantime with dehumidifying the water plant. Ledin will contact Council Member Robert Maciej with a recommendation for either one or two dehumidifiers, as the figures may indicate more than one is needed.

Ledin will put together an engineering services agreement for the city. SEH is Upsala’s new engineering firm, officially designated effective Jan. 1.  Ledin works out of the Brainerd office.

Upsala City Council Briefs

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

• Hearing Gene Harren’s request that something be done to control the dust on the half-mile section of 50th Avenue from County Road 21 to the south, which is in the city limits. City Clerk Adrian Welle will research assessment guidelines. He will obtain quotes for the various methods, one of which is the calcium chloride spray which is also used by the township;

• Learning that the Fire Department ordered 20 sets of lightweight turnout gear, which will be paid for with raffle funds;

• Hearing that the members of the Fire Department are using a 30-day trial for the ability to be paged through their cell phones as well as their pagers;

• Hearing that the City Council is looking for a new member to fulfill the vacant term through the end of 2012;

• Hearing that the Upsala Community Development Commission (UCDC) is looking for new members to help plan Heritage Days;

• Listening to Short Elliott Hendrickson (SEH) engineer Jeff Ledin’s recommendation for painting work in the water plant;

• Hearing that the Morrison County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the mid-February painting of two hearts with initials on the water tower. Welle will research the cost to touch up the water tower, which was just painted last year. The department has asked for all paperwork to be kept for possible billing to those responsible;

• Accepting a Morrison County recycling grant of $1,212;

• Accepting a Morrison County cleanup grant of $375. There will be no charge for appliances this year, but citizens will continue to pay $5 for electronic items. Cleanup date will be announced at the next council meeting;

• Hearing that City Clerk/Treasurer Adrian Welle held back February’s deposit a couple of weeks to make sure there were no checks from Home Savings included; and

• Hearing that Frank Koopmeiners will meet with Bill Krivanek to collect information on improving efficiency of the heating and cooling systems at the community center.

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Upsala City Council will be Monday, April 2 at 7 p.m.