By Roz Kohls
DASSEL, MN Dassel City Council paid $263,000 for steel pieces for a new pedestal water tower, and $31,000 for its control panels last Monday.
Dassel’s new $778,500 pedestal 300,000-gallon water tower will be constructed at the southeast corner of the intersection of Highways 12 and 15 by General Construction Services of Stillwater.
City Engineer Chuck DeWolf of Bolton & Menk estimated the contractor will start assembling the pieces in March. Some of the pieces are at the site now, and the control panels are stored in the Public Works building.
The tower and new connecting watermains will be paid for through the water fund and by water users, not by taxpayers, according to City Administrator Myles McGrath.
Dassel received an interest rate of 1.016 percent over a 20-year period for the $1.2 million obligation bonds from the Public Financing Authority for the tower and watermain project.
In other water business, the council added correcting a bottleneck in the watermain system at Galiger Lane to the plan being put together for funding as a federal economic stimulus infrastructure project. The correction is estimated to add about $70,000 to the proposed $600,000 watermain project planned for Third Street and Pacific Avenue.
Public Works Director Dave Scepaniak said it appears water in a six-inch watermain is flowing through a section of four-inch watermain at the end of Galiger Lane, and sediment backs up there.
Mayor Mike Scanlon said the bottleneck might be causing the sediment problems at the Tony and Lena Marelic residence near the corner of Galiger Lane and Pacific Avenue.
The Dassel City Council, acting as the general contractor, also paid $70,388 for work done on the expansion of the museum in the Universal Laboratories building. Sub-contractors Pro Maintenance and Stumpf Acoustics are done with their share of the work in the project, McGrath said.
The bathroom stall dividers won’t be installed until the end of March. Everything else is on schedule for completion by March 1, he said.
The City of Dassel’s share of the $590,000 project is $150,000 over five years.
Council votes down pumper
The Dassel Fire Department asked for a more definitive answer from the council about whether to buy a pumper truck from Custom Fire Apparatus of Oscela, WI, rather than merely letting the company’s offer expire Jan. 31.
Council Member Bob Wilde made a motion to buy the estimated $485,000 truck and Council Member Alesia Warner seconded it. The council voted down the purchase, however, 3-2.
Scanlon had directed council members Jan. 30 to research if unbiased consultants are available to put together specifications for a pumper truck as a way to get more bids. Wilde said the City of Maple Plain hired a consultant to put together specifications for its fire truck, and ended up with no bids at all.
McGrath said it might be less expensive for the city to first research manufacturers who make stainless steel-bolted trucks, which the fire department indicated it must have, than hiring a consultant.
Odds and ends
In other business, the council:
• decided against hiring an attendant for the ice skating rink, because February is too late in the winter to expect large numbers of skaters using the rink.
• heard a report from Meeker County Deputy Bill Hudson that overall, calls were down in January because of severely-cold weather, but accidents involving ice were up. Also, there were fewer incidents involving feral cats than in the past.
• ratified the 2009 slate of Dassel Fire Department officers. They are chief, Dale Grochow; assistant chief, David Johnson; captain, Jon Trotter; assistant captain, Kurt Mortenson; lieutenant, Kevin Carlen; training officer, Dennis Johnson; safety officer and treasurer, Brian Gillman; and secretary, Chad Ardoff.