July 9, 2007

The City of Mayer: developing and changing

By Jenni Sebora

The City of Mayer is on its way to celebrate the completion of some major projects.

These projects have helped give the city a “new” downtown.

The reconstruction of Highway 25 through downtown Mayer and the water filter plant construction are the major projects scheduled for completion this summer.

The Highway 25 project has been in the planning stage for several years, City Administrator Luayn Murphy noted.

Originally set to receive just mill and overlay work, other issues were discovered as well, Murphy explained.

The roadwork was actually intended to begin last year, but because it was too late in the season, work was held off until this year.

The bidding process was positive as the bids came in under the engineer’s estimate, Murphy noted.

The contract was awarded to Chard Tiling & Excavating of Belle Plaine.

The work has proceeded ahead of schedule. The project is addressing many issues that existed prior to construction, including inadequate drainage, deficient watermain, deteriorated sidewalks, light poles and fire hydrants located in the paved surface.

Murphy noted that to correct these deficiencies and provide for the long-term preservation of the highway, the city is working in cooperation with the Minnesota Department of Transportation to reconstruct Highway 25 between First Street and Fifth Street.

The scope of the work includes: reconstruction of the driving and parking lanes, sidewalk construction between First Street and Fifth Street, trail construction between Shimmcor Street and First Street, improved drainage facilities, curb and gutter construction, watermain replacement, and decorative lighting.

The Mayer Water Treatment Facility is as of this writing 85 percent complete and scheduled to open for use this summer.

The majority of the work remaining is final finishing work.

Once completed, the entire facility will be disinfected and prepared to start treating the city’s water.

The treatment process will remove iron and manganese from the well water utilizing aeration, detention tank and, gravity filters. The water will then flow into the finished water clearwell for treatment and then be pumped into the system, Murphy explained.

The capacity will be approximately 250 gallons per minute. The entire facility will be controlled by a programmable controller that will automatically turn the facility on and off depending on the water demand.

To celebrate a “new” downtown with the completion of these projects, Murphy said, a city celebration, including a street dance, is in the planning stages.

And Murphy feels the completion of these projects will be “phenomenal” for the city.

“It shows that the city is investing in itself,” Murphy said.

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