Washburn receives update on water improvement plan

Thursday, September 18, 2008

The Washburn City Council heard an update on the city's water system improvement project at the council's regularly scheduled meeting on July 14.

Mark Brooks, water and wastewater superintendent, reported that the city intended to schedule a waterline inspection after relocating a waterline for the project.

Brooks also reported that the city was waiting on a 240-ton crane to complete construction on the city's new 125,000-gallon water tank tower. The city has received the conduit for the tower's electrical line, which was scheduled to be installed by Barry Electric.

Gravel was obtained to repair County Road but the heavy traffic and feed trucks that travel the road has made it difficult to keep it in good condition, said Brooks.

Crews from Parker Construction, which have been installing the new water lines, ordered two corrugated culverts that they will not be using for the project. Brooks asked the council to purchase the culverts for future city projects.

After some discussion, the aldermen voted to approve Brooks' request and purchase the two culverts for $371.12.

In other business, the Washburn City Council:

* Heard that smoke testing is scheduled to begin in September.

* Directed Doug Henry, police chief, to give residents one warning for pet violations. If a second violation occurs, the resident will receive a citation.

* Voted to donate funds or materials to the Washburn Area Chamber of Commerce for new teacher gift bags.

* Directed Sue Rose, city clerk, to request Washburn Fire Chief Jeff Barber's presence at a future council meeting.

* Asked Rose to gather information on demolishing the Masonic Lodge building.

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