Plans are complete for proposed Dassel water tower

December 24, 2007

By Roz Kohls
Staff Writer

If Dassel gets a new 300,000-gallon water tower, the plans and specifications for it are ready.

Last Monday, City Engineer Chuck DeWolf presented the plans and specifications for the pedestal tower and watermains to the Dassel City Council.

First, the plans will be reviewed by Public Works Director Dave Scepaniak in case there is something he needs changed, and then they are forwarded to the Minnesota Department of Health, Dewolf said.

The tower will be built on the highest point in town, the hill at the southwest corner of the intersection of Highways 12 and 15, and is taller than the current water tower. The extra height will create enough pressure to get water out to Summit Hills, north of town, and to the city’s proposed industrial park in the northwest corner of the intersection, he said.

It will be exposed to more wind on the western edge of town, but the footings under the tower are very large, and will prevent wind from blowing it over, Dewolf said.

It is an economical design, so it will be easy to maintain and paint. The tower will be built to today’s standards for safety, he added.

DeWolf estimated it will take 12 to 18 months to build the tower and the watermains needed to complete the system. However, the construction time depends on the tower construction companies and their schedules. Construction begins underground, and then the tower is built. Finally, it is painted, Dewolf said.

In other water issues, the council certified to Meeker County unpaid water bills and bills for lawn mowing to be collected as taxes. Usually, the special assessments total about $30,000 a year. Special assessments for 2007 are $12,111.48, according to City Administrator Myles McGrath.

Half of the unpaid water bills are from the mobile home court at Todd Street. The majority of the residents don’t pay or are behind on their water bills. The city can’t turn off their water, though, because all the water lines are connected in the court. Those who pay their water bills promptly would have their water turned off, as well as those who don’t, McGrath said.

Scepaniak also asked Dassel residents to keep their neighborhood water hydrants clear of snow. Then, if there’s a fire in the neighborhood, firefighters will be able to locate and access water, he said.

Odds and ends

In other business, the council:

• certified the 2008 budget and $469,482 levy, a 2.97 percent increase over the levy for 2007.

• noted that the city hall roof was repaired. It had been leaking into the library.

• questioned what had happened to the sewage from the Thistlerose Tea Shoppe. McGrath said a new sanitary sewer line was installed. Previously, the sewage had been flowing into the city’s system through clay tile where the Dassel Medical Clinic is now. It is believed the old-style clay tile served both the sanitary and storm sewer systems, which was common years ago, he said.

• listened to an explanation from McGrath on how the cable commission members vote. Dassel is the smallest of the 10 cities in the commission. The votes are supposed to be pro-rated according to the number of cable TV accounts in the community, according to the cable commission agreement. However, the commission has been allowing Dassel to have an equal vote, McGrath said.