By Ivan Raconteur
LESTER PRAIRIE Lester Prairie City Council during its meeting Feb. 13 reviewed the city engineer’s recommendations regarding storm sewer reconstruction along Maple Street South from First Avenue South to Second Avenue South.
Based on the council’s request at a previous meeting, televising of the existing sanitary sewer was completed by American Environmental Jan. 31.
Based on the data provided, the city engineer recommended rehabilitation of that section of the sanitary sewer line using cured-in-place pipe.
Open-cut replacement is recommended for the entire 445 feet of existing concrete storm sewer pipe.
The engineer recommended completing street repairs by patching only the damaged areas directly over the pipe.
In addition, the engineer recommended adding this section of street to the city’s next sealcoating project after the sewer repairs have been completed.
The estimated cost of the project is $85,000.
The council approved moving forward with plans and specifications for the project.
Odds and ends
In other business, the council:
• approved use of the city park along Second Ave. South for another season of music in the park with events scheduled from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays May 22, 29, June 5, 12, 19, and 26.
• approved replacing the pool heater at the city pool at a cost not to exceed $18,500.
• discussed replacement of playground equipment at the city park. A recommendation from the park board will be presented at the Tuesday, March 13 council meeting.
• approved the 2017 city audit.
• approved evaluating police department coverage and service hours during the budget process later this year.
• approved a five-year extension of the city’s agreement with PeopleService to operate the city’s water and wastewater system at a cost of $13,449 per month the first year, to be adjusted by the change in the Consumer Price Index in subsequent years.
• approved the purchase of a welding exhaust system from Matheson of Willmar at a cost of $1,313.
• scheduled a joint meeting with Bergen and Winsted townships Wednesday, March 7 to discuss purchase of a replacement fire engine. The cost of equipment is $557,351, with an estimated cost share of 59 percent paid by the city, 24 percent paid by Bergen Township, and 17 percent paid by Winsted Township (based on previous purchases of fire vehicles, for which cost share was based on valuations at the time of vehicle purchase).