Howard Lake Herald, September 7, 1998

Water tower becoming a priority for Howard Lake

By ANDREA VARGO

The city needs a new, larger-capacity water tower City Engineer Brad DeWolf told the Howard Lake City Council last Monday.

The gallons of water per minute needed during a fire determines the size of the tower, he said.

The city is well below what projections show it will need in the next 20 years.

The funding is there from the state's revolving drinking water fund, he said, but the time to apply is short.

Therefore, he recommended the city explore the possibilities of several sites and pick one fairly soon.

One of the sites is on Shoreline Drive on the east end of the city. Any site on this end of town is good as long as the old tower stays in place, said Tom Goepfert, maintenance supervisor.

Another of the sites is at the Wright County Fairgrounds. The advantage for the fair board in allowing the tower on this sitewould be a free fire hydrant, said DeWolf.

"The fairgrounds does not have a hydrant at this time," said DeWolf, "and this could save the fair board $5,000 or so."

Only four or five parking spots would be lost in the fair parking lot if the fair board was to consider this particular plan, DeWolf said, but he needs to meet with the board first for discussion.

If the tower is built on the current site, it would cost $20,000 just to demolish the old one.

Because the site is small, it would cost an extra $65,000 in construction fees, so the council felt this would not be a good option.

The tower itself will probably be a single foot structure, as the multi-foot towers are much more expensive to maintain, said DeWolf.

The council agreed to start the meetings and paper work required to get the project bid in December.

Storm drain project

Community Collaborative Facilitator Shirley Olson approached the council with the first project proposal from the school.

This recently created position at the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted (HLWW) schools will coordinate community-wide projects among the schools, businesses, city, and churches.

This proposed project between the city and the school will work with teachers and the graduation standards on signage for the city's storm drains, she said.

The drains will be marked in such a way, that the public will be reminded that the drain runs directly into Howard Lake and does not go through the wastewater treatment plant first.

The students will do the painting and education of businesses and residents under the direction of teachers and other adults, said Olson.

Dutch Lake Woods

Joe Lemmerman of Dutch Lake Woods asked the council for permission to replat lots one and two in the development.

"We want to leave a common area on the lakeshore for a dock and small picnic area," said Lemmerman.

So, lots one and two will be made smaller, with the common area between the lots and the lake.

A woodchipped trail will lead to the area and make it accessible for all 51 homes in the development, he said.

It will belong to the homeowners association, and it will be responsible for its maintenance.

The council agreed the dock and picnic area can be split from lots one and two to make the sale of those lots less complicated.


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