Langdon City Commission holds special meeting to discuss water

The Langdon City Commission held a special meeting in order to discuss proposed water projects with Moore Engineering representative Kent Ritterman. 

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Posted on 7/18/15

By Melissa Anderson

Commissioners Charles “Chuck” Downs, Jim Rademacher and Lawrence Henry as well as Langdon City Auditor Connie Schrader were present to hear the reports on the proposed projects for improving the water and sewer systems.

Ritterman proposed breaking the 4th Avenue project into two parts in hopes that by doing so, funding would be easier to attain. The project as a whole is a result of the water and sewer system being too shallow and subsequently prone to freezing during winter. The project was split with the first being water and sewer system replacement along with the reconstruction of the streets and the second focused on the replacement of the 4th Avenue water main.

The cost for the water, sewer and street repair of the first part of the project is almost $2.2 million. The replacement of the water main located under 4th Avenue will cost a little over $205,000.

Moore Engineering will prepare a report for the 4th Avenue project and will be moving forward with creating a plan for the  project following the report.

Ritterman then informed the commission on what was found and should be done to improve the Langdon City Lagoon. The project would raise the area of the lagoon to 9 feet, giving more allowance for holding.

The area is also in need of cleaning as there is lots of excess concrete in the area. The cost for this project is almost $884,000.

The two projects were discussed in terms of which project was most pressing and in need of being completed. The commissioner and Ritterman agreed that the 4th Avenue project should be a priority followed by the lagoon.

The discussion then turned to an update for the search for funding for a water treatment solution. Ritterman informed the commission that Moore Engineering has been to the State Water Commission and Rural Development seeking funding.

The State Water Commission has only about $25 million in available grant funds, according to Ritterman, for the 83 projects pursuing funding across the state. Ritterman informed the commission that the best option was to pursue funding from Rural Development.

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