Swanville Council meets with financial adviser on road project

By Liz Verley, Staff Writer 

Funding for the project  to replace the 1930s water main in parts of the Swanville has been placed on the Public Financing Authority’s 2013 Intended Use Plan (IUP). The  Swanville City Council sought advice from its financial adviser David Drown.

At Tuesday’s meeting Drown told members that the plan could be done, but that he would need more information before he could give them a complete  written report.

The city’s engineer and the maintenance department were directed to provide correct footage numbers and other needed information so Drown could  provide a report at the Council’s next meeting.

The city is 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 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.

Swanville City Council Briefs

In other business Tuesday, the Swanville City Council:

• Accepted a $1,000 donation from the Swanville VFW to be used for the park;

• Placed on the December Council agenda a public hearing for the annexing of the Swanville School’s softball field and newly acquired land next to the field. The hearing will be held at 7:15 p.m.;

• Approved a variance for Duane Johnson to build a fence on the city’s right of way. A condition placed on the variance was that the city was not responsible for damage to the fence;

• Approved a land use permit for a garden shed for Tim and Sherry Grittner;

• Directed the clerk to have wireless Internet put in at the home of city maintenance personel  Brian Zapzalka. Zapzalka needs to file his reports to the state using the Internet;

• Heard Wisper Wireless will be removing its equipment from the water tower. The city will no longer receive a monthly $300 stipend from the company and it will also have to pay for its Internet service.

The next regular meeting of the Swanville City Council will be held Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 7:30 p.m. The date was changed due to the general election on Nov. 6.