By Starrla Cray
WAVERLY, MN “We had a lot of trouble with water main breaks this winter,” maintenance supervisor John Rasset said at the Waverly City Council meeting Tuesday. “We’re trying to figure out a way to minimize that.”
In September 2008, the Waverly city office building, which is shared with the maintenance shop and fire department, had its first water main break in four years.
Since then, there have been three additional breaks, costing the city about $10,000 in repairs. Rasset estimates that an additional $10,000 may be needed to repair the streets that were damaged while fixing the breaks.
Two new valves, along with the necessary piping, should correct the problem, Rasset said. The council will be researching pricing for the valves and installation.
The fire department shares the city office building, and Rasset said he believes the firefighters may have turned off a valve too quickly, causing the first break. The subsequent breaks are thought to be repercussions of the first one.
“If you shut it off too fast, it creates water hammer, which is a surge in pressure,” Rasset said.
“We’re not blaming the fire department,” Mayer Ken Antil said. “It was an accident. It’s only fair for the council to work with the fire department to get that repaired.”
Currently, the water system uses ball valves. The new valves the city is hoping to purchase will most likely be gate valves, Rasset said.
Waverly city planning
A task force workshop regarding city planning will take place Monday, April 20 at 7 p.m. in the Waverly city offices.
The next public city planning meeting will be Monday, May 4 at 7 p.m. at village hall, council member Connie Holmes said. Northwest Associated Consultants will give a presentation, and information will be available on the NAC web site.
City planning was previously discussed at a comprehensive planning workshop between the Waverly City Council and Northwest Associated Consultants March 23.
Discussion included community identity, pace of growth, housing choice, commercial and industrial development, parks and recreation, infrastructure, and transportation, according to the meeting minutes.
Odds and ends
• The City of Waverly is currently accepting applications for an open council member position. Those interested are asked to respond by Monday, May 4.
• Waverly Planning and Zoning Secretary Mary Johnson is resigning, effective Friday, May 1.
• The Wright County Sheriff’s Department reminded citizens to lock their car doors. So far, Waverly has not had any recent incidents, but juveniles have stolen items out of cars in neighboring towns, the sheriff’s department reported.
• Building inspector Rob Beckfeld reported that permits have been reissued for PAC Homes to finish three houses.
• Uptown Bar & Grill was given permission to host a street dance Saturday, June 20.