Swanville’s water project moves into bidding phase

By Liz Verley, Staff Writer

Bids for Swanville’s proposed water project will be opened Monday, June 24, at 9 a.m. Awarding the bid will be considered by the City Council at its July 2 meeting.

To improve water service to numerous Swanville residents, the City Council took action to move its proposed Rhoda Avenue project forward.

If the Council accepts a bid at its July 2 meeting, work would begin after the Swanville Carnival and be completed sometime during September.

The city is eligible to receive a loan of approximately $1.2 million to replace existing water main services and fire hydrants as part of the continuing work to replace the water distribution system constructed in 1930-31.

The preliminary project cost estimate, as presented by Michael Rude from Widseth, Smith, Nolting, is $851,000 for Rhoda Avenue; $220,000 for Fifth Street; $133,000 for Third Street and $51,000 for Second street. This includes money for the construction and project contingency fund and engineering, administrative, legal, bonding and interest costs.

Costs for the project are divided between benefited property owners and the city using the city’s policy.

According to the policy, rates will be assessed per front foot, including streets and storm water at $25; water main replacement at $15; residential sidewalk replacement at $6; and commercial sidewalk replacement at $10. Water service replacement will be assessed at $250 each.

A final assessment hearing will be held near the end of the construction.

The Council also tabled enforcing a motion, which passed on a 4 – 0 vote in April, that stated all businesses must connect to the water service within two years and residents within five.

In April, Council Member Jim Molitor said, “I think everyone should have to hook up.”

Councilman Tim Grittner agreed and said, “Everyone should have to pay for it.”

At Tuesday’s meeting, Grittner questioned what the benefits would be to force businesses and residents to hook up.

The Council decided to discuss the item at its June meeting.

Swanville City Council Briefs


In other business Tuesday, the Swanville City Council:

• Continued to seek names of interested residents to fill a vacancy on the Council. The position is for two years. Those interested should contact the city clerk, mayor or council members;

• Agreed that the First Response Team could use city property to conduct helicopter training;

• Heard the new lawnmower should be delivered in the next week. Cost of the mower was $1,977;

• Agreed to send letters to residents who need to clean up their property;

• Reminded residents again that dogs are not allowed to run at-large within the city limits. They must be confined or on a leash. Those running at-large will be picked up; and

• Approved a permit for a 12-foot by 18-foot accessory building for Brian Zapzalka.

The next regular meeting of the Swanville City Council will be held Tuesday, June 4, at 7:30 p.m.