August 14, 2020 Special Meeting

The Lakota City Council held a special meeting August 14th, 2020, at the City Hall.  Mayor Hooey called the meeting to order at 6:55 a.m.  All Council Members were present.  Audience member was Nathan Olmsted from ND Rural Water.  City Supt. Matt Herda was in attendance.

Mayor Hooey stated the pool is in need of replacing some concrete on the deck that is about $1600 in work. 

Member Vasichek made a motion to approve $1600 to fix a concrete section on the Lakota pool deck, seconded by Member R. Mattern.  On a roll call vote, all members voting in favor.  Motion carried.

Mayor Hooey recognized Mr. Olmsted. 

Mr. Olmsted stated he was in attendance to discuss the water main break east of Lakota.  Mr. Olmsted stated he has narrowed the break down to one or possibly two locations on the line.  Mr. Olmsted stated gate valves were put in place to isolate the water line east of the Tri-County Water tie-in going to the water treatment plant.  Mr. Olmsted stated he was able to take 140 samples using a correlator to locate the breaks.  Mr. Olmsted stated since the breaks are both under the slough water, equipment would need to be brought in to build a dike around the area of the breaks. 

Mayor Hooey stated he would recommend placing a black poly pipe in for replacements.  Mr. Olmsted stated boring would need to be done to install the line.

Member Solberg questioned how some communities afford a project like this under emergency circumstances.  Mr. Olmsted stated emergency CDBG funds could be utilized for this project and the funding is under the Governor’s budget.  Auditor Vasichek stated speaking with the Red River Regional Council about the CDBG option, they did indicate that any expenses incurred prior to the CDBG funds being approved would not qualify for reimbursement.  Auditor Vasichek stated an engineer would also need to be involved to issue a preliminary engineer’s report.  Auditor Vasichek stated she spoke to Mike Blessum from Tri-County water about the option of staying on Tri-County rural water while CDBG funding can be secured and he indicated they will supply a temporary supply of water to help Lakota thru the project.

Member Vasichek stated the first step would be to find an engineer for this project and thought AE2S might be an easier choice as they have our plans already to help speed up the process. Mr. Olmsted stated all engineers should be able to exchange plans with each other so the city would be able to get any engineer they would like.

Member Vasichek made a motion to reach out to Bolton and Menk Engineering to assist with the repair of the break at the main line coming into town with a secondary engineer option of AE2S, seconded by Member Hess.  On a roll call vote, all members voting in favor.  Motion carried.

Mayor Hooey stated he would like the council to approve the emergency declaration for the water break.




            WHEREAS, the city of Lakota City has suffered a water main break and

            WHEREAS, the impact of these damages threaten the health, well-being and

public safety of citizens in the city of Lakota; and

            WHEREAS, the cost of response, repair and replacement of such

damaged property, is far in excess of available citizens resources.

            NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the City of Lakota City declares an emergency and orders the activation and utilization of the Emergency Operations Plan, its procedures, attachments and appendices to monitor the situation, alleviate hardship and initiate appropriate relief actions and mitigation measures by departments and agencies of local government to limit the hardships and impact of this emergency upon the citizens of the city of Lakota City.

Member D. Mattern made a motion to approve the Emergency Declaration, seconded by Member Solberg.  All members voting in favor.  Motion carried.

Member R. Mattern made a motion to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Member D. Mattern.  On a roll call vote, all members voting in favor.  Motion carried.

Meeting adjourned at 7:29 a.m.


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Brad Hooey, Mayor                                          Amie Vasichek, Auditor