The City of Butterfield is ready to break ground on its second well, possibly as early as Thanksgiving week.
In recent council action, aldermen voted to turn down the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) loan in the amount of $378,000 and a grant for $572,000 for the city's water improvement project. Aldermen were advised that no monies for the project would be available in 2012, that the interest rate on the project had escalated and the total loan amount had been lowered.
The council is now waiting on the USDA to sign off on the city's refusal of funds for the project before signing a $220,000 lease/purchase option with Duane Ottmar and Butch Reavis for the design and construction of a second well.
The proposed well will be drilled and cased with eight-inch casing to a depth of 1,350 feet, and include a 60-horsepower motor. A six-inch dedicated line will connect the new well to the existing storage tank. A shut-off valve will be located on the line outside of the tower in the event the tower needs to be isolated. The plan calls for new well house controls and a three-phase switch at both the new and old well.
The payment schedule for the work will be paid back over a period of 20 to 25 years and will not result in a water service fee increase to Butterfield residents.
If plans continue on schedule, the well should be completed by the end of January 2012. Street repairs are tentatively scheduled for spring.
Aldermen also approved reimbursing Trey Phillips in the amount of $60 for repairs made to a pump borrowed from Pump-It Services.
The council approved the purchase of two blades for the city's snowplow at a cost of $115 each.
In other business, aldermen:
* Approved the 2012 budget.
* Set the annual Christmas party with Santa for 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10.
* Approved purchase of a new router and a rebuilt computer and surge protector for the police department. The department's computer and router were struck by lightning early in October.
* Approved additional man hours for Larry Privett to assist Phillips in cleaning at the treatment plant.
* Approved purchase of a meter setter, well fuses and a chlorine injector for the city.
* Approved hiring Tracy Anders to fill the position of city clerk at a starting rate of $9.50 per hour for 32 hours a week. Anders replaces former clerk Anna Marie Irwin, who has accepted a position elsewhere.