Request approved for proposed 2012 Swanville water main project

By Liz Verley, Staff Writer

Swanville’s request to be put on the Public Financing Authority’s 2013 Intended Use Plan (IUP) has been approved. The city is now eligible to receive a loan of approximately $1.1 million to replace existing water main, services and fire hydrants as part of the continuing work to replace the water distribution system constructed in 1930-1931.

The estimated cost of the project includes $491,666 to replace Rhoda Avenue’s water main from County Road 12 to Fifth Street; $291,667 to replace the water main from Berkey to the water tower on Third Street and $316,687 to replace Fifth Street’s water main from Rhoda to Berkey Avenue. This will include money for the construction and project contingency fund and engineering, administrative, legal, bonding and interest costs.

The Council will now have to decide what, if any of the project will be done and when construction should start. It will also have to decide if it wants to have additional work done at the city’s expense. The work would be slated for the 2013 construction season. City Engineer Mark Hallen of Widseth Smith Nolting (WSN) said the project would take approximately nine weeks.

The Council decided to ask its financial adviser to attend its October meeting to discuss financing of the project.

Swanville City Council Briefs

In other business Tuesday, the Swanville City Council:

• Accepted a bid from Tri City Paving to overlay, with a 1-foot width expansion, Springbrook Drive at a cost of $67,000;

• Approved the Swanville Rural Fire Association’s assessment of $2,765.50;

• Approved the city’s levy certification for 2012 payable in 2013 at $67,500 plus $2,500 for debt service for sewer/road projects;

• Heard a public hearing has been scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 25. The hearing will be held before the regular Planning and Zoning meeting to hear a request by Duane Johnson to receive a variance to construct a privacy fence. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at city hall;

• Heard the water meters in town are 15 to 20 years old and will need to be replaced within the next few years;

• Accepted a bid from Preferred Control of Albany to replace the control panel and switches at the city’s well house. Cost of the panel and switches is $10,975; and

• Heard a high level of solids are passing through the sewer plant. Brian Zapzalka, city maintenance, will be checking and taking samples at various manholes to find where the solids are coming from. The city will then look at a process to assess the home or business for the extra cost in handling of the solids. Zapzalka will have the information for the Council at its October meeting.

The Council’s next regular meeting will be held Tuesday, Oct. 2, at 7:30 p.m. at city hall.