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Darwin’s pond improvement plans are underway

April 21, 2008

By Kristen Miller
Staff Writer

During last Tuesday’s Darwin City Council meeting, Jon Graupman from Bolten & Menk discussed the next steps that need to be taken in the pond improvement plan.

As part of this, the council approved not to exceed $5,000 on the updating of the waste water treatment engineer’s report. This will give the board a final number of the cost of the project.

The council discussed necessary improvements that should be included in the cost analysis done by Bolten & Menk. Some improvements to be included will be the installation of water meters, a lift station upgrade, drudging, and either improving or replacing sanitary sewer mains.

They also discussed where an additional pond would go. With the elevation Graupman recommended going northwest of the primary pond.

In order for this to be done, a land acquisition will need to be obtained.

In other business, Meeker County Assessor Bob Anderson gave the annual board of equalization of property taxes. One property value was lowered in the northeast part of town. This was because the property was formerly taxed as agriculture and was reclassified as residential.

Carmen Buhr, city clerk, is looking into the cost of concrete for a square ball court to be poured on the southwest corner of Schoolhouse park.

During the public works report, Jill Holte informed the board sludge bugs for the ponds would cost $3,120 a year. The council took no action since this would not be necessary if the ponds were drudged.

Buhr informed the board letters will be going out to residents regarding the city’s new recycling program which will start Thursday, May 1.

Due to weather, the clean up tour was rescheduled for Thursday, May 1.

The council gave another reminder of the Darwin Community Club meeting and dinner, Monday, April 28 at 6 p.m. at the Darwin Rod and Gun Club, call the city hall to rsvp at (320) 693-2928.

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