Blue Water to replace filters at no cost to city of Motley

By Tina Snell, Staff Writer

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Blue Water Technologies Inc., Hayden, Idaho, has agreed to replace the faulty filters Motley had installed in its new wastewater treatment facility.

Motley administration, and the designer of the facility, Widseth Smith Nolting (WSN) from Brainerd, asked Blue Water Technologies to inspect the filters since they were obviously cracked. After doing so, the company acknowledged the filters had been made incorrectly which caused the cracking.

After much negotiation with WSN, Blue Water has agreed to cover the cost of the filters and their installation. It is estimated Blue Water will absorb the approximate $22,600 cost.

Also, the new filters for stage one will be warranted against defects for 12 months from delivery and the existing filters for stage two will be warranted for 24 months from the date of the new contract.

While the cost of the project will be paid for by Blue Water, the city will have to install and pay for a door to the facility to accommodate the large filters. The cost to the city for hours put in by employees may increase by about $20,000, said Mark Hallen from WSN.

Bids were taken to install the door, but Bruce Brotherton, assistant maintenance supervisor, said he could probably do it for less money.

Concerning the entire project, Councilman Pat O’Regan said, “This is not what I was looking for, but it seems it is the best we are going to get.”

Motley City Council briefs


Other business conducted by the Motley City Council Tuesday night included:

• Voting to pay Tommy Kramer $5,000 plus put a new 3/4-inch, 40-foot water line to his home for the use of his property for the city’s new well;

• Directing the city’s planning commission to first, update the land-use matrix, a table that indicates which uses are allowed within each of the city’s zoning districts; to second, create a future land-use map; and to third, update the city’s comprehensive plan which has not been done since 2013;

• Approving a liquor license for the Morrison County Agriculture Society for June 21-23, during the Morrison County Fair in Motley. Also approving a renewed liquor license for the Y Knot Liquor Store;

• Voting to hire Jeff Jares and Andrew Rollins as part-time police officers with beginning salaries of $16.25 per hour. The officers will not receive sick time, vacation or holiday benefits. They will also not have any medical, dental, life or disability insurance paid for by the city;

• Learning from Police Chief Brian Madison that he would like to see all the streets in the city restricted to 25 miles per hour. While that was discussed, it was not approved. The council did approve adding two stop signs on Third Avenue to deter speeders;

• Voting to spend $1,200 to have the streets swept as needed;

• Voting to add magnesium chloride to the city’s gravel roads to keep down the dust;

• Accepting $5,000 from the Motley Lions Club to repair and resurface the city’s tennis courts; and

• Approving a $400 donation to the Initiative Foundation.

The next city council meeting will be held at the Motley City Hall Tuesday, July 9, at 7 p.m.