Water and street project under way in Swanville

By Liz Verley, Staff Writer

Larson Excavating Contractors Inc. from Holdingford have begun the construction of the water system improvement project approved in July by the Swanville City Council.

The project known as the Rhoda Avenue Water Project will include water main and sidewalk installation, replacement and restoration on Rhoda Street from First Street to Sixth Street; Fifth Street from Highway 38 to Berkey and Third Street from Berkey to the water tower. Upon completion of the project, the water distribution system constructed in 1930-1931 will be updated.

Digging will begin as soon as the water levels along the site have been lowered, said Mike Rude, representing Widseth Smith Nolting at the Swanville City Council meeting Tuesday.

The Council approved resolutions Tuesday, authorizing the issuance and sale of a $953,866 general obligation revenue note series which provides for payment of the project and signed the Minnesota Public Finance Agency bond purchase and project loan agreement.

The project is expected to be completed in September.

In connection with the project, Council member Tim Grittner again questioned the feasibility of forcing residents within the city to hook up to the city’s water system.

Grittner said, “I don’t see the advantage of making people hook up to the water. I already have some objecting to being forced to connect and the hookup fee.” At the present time the hookup fee is $1,500.

Maintenance Supervisor Brian Zapzalka said, “Those that are left to hook up are mostly

The Council took no action on the issue. Council member Jim Molitor was absent from the meeting.
Swanville City Council Briefs
In other business Tuesday, the Swanville City Council:

  • Approved paying Larson Excavating $54,000 for work completed on the Rhoda Street project through Aug. 1;
  • Heard the city’s insurance carrier wanted updated information on the city buildings;
  • Heard the city will be sponsoring a bike rodeo during the back to school open house. For those attending there will be bike helmets or water bottles depending on how many attend. This is for Swanville students only; and
  • Heard the Swanville Rural Fire Association’s meeting will be Aug. 27, at the fire hall at 7:30 p.m.

The next regular meeting of the Swanville City Council will be Tuesday, Sept. 3, at 7:30 p.m.