August 17, 2020 Special Meeting

The Lakota City Council held a special meeting August 17th, 2020, at the City Hall.  Mayor Hooey called the meeting to order at 11:00 a.m.  All Council Members were present, except Member Rainsberry who was absent.  Audience members were Barry Johnson and Barry Glienke of Bolton & Menk Engineering.  City Supt. Matt Herda and Water Operator Kim Burkland were in attendance.

Mayor Hooey recognized Barry Johnson and Barry Glienke.

Mr. Glienke thanked the council for inviting them to assist with the recent water break in Lakota.  Mr. Glienke stated he visited with Nathan Olmsted of Rural Water to get up to speed with the situation.  Mr. Johnson stated he has looked into CDBG funding under the Governor’s budget for the repair and Lakota would be eligible for 100% of the construction costs.  Mr. Johnson stated if the ND Dept of Commerce allows for a sole source procurement process then the engineering fees could be eligible funding as well.  Mr. Johnson stated he will check with the Dept. of Commerce on this option.

Mr. Johnson stated other sources of funding would be Rural Development or low interest loans.

Mayor Hooey questioned if boring the line would be the method of repair.

Mr. Glienke stated the city has 4 options.

  1. Slipliner – Lakota has a 10” pipe currently and placing a liner within the current pipe would potentially reduce the size down to a 6” line.
  2. Pipe Bursting – New line gets brought in the current line while cutting a path thru the existing line, however, pipe bursting does not go thru valves.
  3. Water Main Liner – this is a fiberglass liner and would require a camera to review the condition of the existing pipe.
  4. Shift area placement of current pipe and replace the entire line.

Mr. Glienke stated the pipe would be either a C900 or poly pipe; poly pipe will give a little with movement where the weakest spots are at the valve connections and the C900 is made up of a little more rigid material and doesn’t move.  Mr. Glienke stated both options are approximately the same in cost and has a life expectancy of 80-100 years.

Member Solberg questioned if a gate valve can be added at the main line into town.  Mr. Glienke stated this can be done and would recommend adding a sump pump or other measures to help alleviate water from coming into the hatch.

Mr. Johnson stated Rural Water has a 0% int loan program to help with operation expenses for 90 days if the city would like to pursue the option.

There was discussion on engineering rates and having the same engineer on the project at all times.  Mr. Glienke stated it is Bolton and Menk’s practice to remain with the same engineer from the beginning to end of a project.

Member Vasichek made a motion to hire Bolton and Menk Engineering to assist with the emergency repair of the main water line for Lakota, seconded by Member D. Mattern.  On a roll call vote, all members voting in favor.  Motion carried.

Mayor Hooey stated he was speaking with Associated Pools about additional repair to the concrete deck.  Mayor Hooey stated Associated Pools estimated the repair to be an additional $1,600 and would also install expansion joints.

Member Vasichek made a motion to approve fixing an additional area of concrete decking at the swimming pool for $1,600, seconded by Member Solberg.  On a roll call vote, all members voting in favor.  Motion carried.

 Member D. Mattern made a motion to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Member R. Mattern.  All members voting in favor.  Motion carried.

Meeting adjourned at 11:42 a.m.


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Brad Hooey, Mayor                                          Amie Vasichek, Auditor