Council approves contract, sets groundwork for project
The Mobridge City Council Monday, April 7, approved a contract to help reduce the cost of the clarifier replacement project and approved special licenses for the city’s summer events.
Mobridge Water Department Manager Brad Milliken requested the council consider the contract for $40,000 with Advanced Engineering and Environmental Services, Inc., of Bismarck to conduct a preliminary engineering study of the waste water treatment plant improvements, including replacing one of the clarifiers at the plant.
The proposal for the study includes investigating alternatives for replacing the clarifier and evaluating the repurposing of the old clarifier. The study will also research SCADA (monitoring and control systems, piping modifications, UV disinfection system installation and converting the existing sludge pond into an equalization basin.
Milliken said the study needs to be completed and presented to the state before funding through the Department of Natural Resources is approved.
Milliken said there are also aspects of the project that are not immediate concerns, and through the study, those aspects can be removed from this project and planned for the near future. That will reduce the cost of the $1.9 million project and save the city money.
The study needs to be presented to the state in May.
The council also approved a temporary on-sale beer and wine permit for the Mobridge Rodeo Association for the Sitting Bull Stampede July 2, 3, and 4 and the Mobridge Demolition Derby on Aug. 4.
There were no objections to the requests at the special hearing and the licenses were granted.
The council also set a special hearing for Monday, April 21, for a temporary beer and wine permit for the Friends of Scherr-Howe for a special fundraising event May 23 and May 24 and for the Mobridge Tourism Committee for the Denny Palmer Memorial Fishing Tournament, June 13 and 14, and to advertise for the hearing.
In other business the Mobridge City Council:
• Approved hiring Trevor Asmann as the new police officer starting at $13.95 per hour effective Monday, April 7.
• Approved promoting Jordan Majeske to position of sergeant of the police force at $20.26 per hour effective March 24.
• Approved a step increase for Don Blankartz from $13.89 to $14.77, effective March 24. Blankartz recently passed his Class 1 water treatment certification.
• Approved a step increase for Jason Voegele from $19.29 per hour to $19.53 per hour effective April 1.
• Approved the plat of lots 1A through 4A block 7, Jay Kraft Addition, and lots 11A through 13A, block 4, Jay Kraft Addition in Mobridge. The platting, which is between Sunset and Fairview Avenues between 12th and 15th Streets, was completed by Goldsmith and Heck Engineering in Mobridge.
• Approved the first pay request of $123,500 from Maguire Iron Works for the new water tower project and heard Milliken report the work is moving forward with Maguire crews planning on driving the pilings for the new tower next week.
• Approved the proposal from Dakota Sound Systems, Inc., of Bismarck, for $18,220 for the new recording system at city hall. Mobridge Chief Finance Officer Heather Beck reported the council had budgeted $17,000 for the system, but the proposed costs could go down depending on whether a second recording device will be needed with the new system.
• Approved a travel requested for Beck and assistant finance officer Jackie Quaschnick to attend finance officer’s school from June 11 through 13 in Oacoma.
– Katie Zerr –