The Osseo City Council debated if approving costs for an inspection of the city’s water tower was a smart idea, during its Monday, July 23 meeting.
The council also heard about the signage for directions to the city as part of the Highway 169/County Road 30 project.
Finally, the council approved purchasing water meter reading equipment.
WATER TOWER INSPECTION
City administrator Douglas Reeder told the council cost estimates were in for the inspection of the city’s water towers. Inspections would include checking the towers structural and coating conditions. The city would then be advised of any repairs and costs associated.
The Osseo Business Association and Council are interested in listing the water tower next to City Hall on the National Historical Registry. To move forward, the city first needs to know the structural stability of the tower.
Three price estimates were received for the inspection. Prices ranged from $5,000 to $18,292. The inspection will be paid for out of the Water Fund. Reeder said he recommended using the $5,000 proposal from KLM Engineering, as that proposal also included inspecting the south water tower near County Road 81, which the city receives money from renting space for antennas.
Councilor Rick Weber asked if the city does the inspection, where does the council go from there. Public Services Director Randy Korfiatis said the inspection would identify any issues, like if the tank is sound or if it might just need paint. He added this would be a dry tank inspection, as the towers are not in use for water.
Weber added, “Also, we have to, if it was to make to the Historical Registry, then we have to start budgeting for upkeep and maintenance along the lines of that forever.”
Mayor Al Lindquist said, “Maybe those aren’t decisions we want to make now or ever. Maybe putting this on the Historical Register isn’t the best move.”
Councilor Duane Poppe noted, “I think it’s good information we need. Maybe we need to do minor repairs to the [south tower] to keep the income coming in and this one is bad. We don’t know until we have the information.”
The council approved 4 to 0 the water tower inspection proposal from KLM Engineering, Inc. fro $5,000. Councilor Mark Schulz was absent.
169/ 30 PLAN
The council also received the 99 percent plan review for the Highway 169 and County Road 30 project.
The proposed project would bridge 93rd Avenue over Hwy. 169 just to the north of current intersection. This project would consist of a half-diamond interchange, providing access to and from the south through loops in the northeast and northwest quadrants.
As part of the city’s municipal consent approval for the road project back in April 2011, the city asked the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) for several conditions regarding signage to Osseo.
The council approved MnDOT paying for five directional signs, at no cost to the city. The signs would include the following:
• “City of Osseo” exit sign at northbound Hwy. 169 at 85th Avenue N./Bottineau Blvd. This sign would be up no later than May 31.
• “City of Osseo” exit sign at southbound Hwy. 169 at 85th Avenue N./Bottineau Blvd. by no later than the completion of the interchange project or elimination of full access.
• “County Road 30” directional sign at southbound Hwy. 169 at 109th Avenue N. by no later than full-access elimination.
• “County Road 30” directional sign at westbound Hwy. 610 at West Broadway by no later than the full-access elimination.
• “County Road 30” directional sign at eastbound Hwy. 610 at Zachary Lane by no later than the full-access elimination.
The first sign has been installed at northbound Hwy. 169 and 85th Avenue N./Bottineau Blvd. The second through fourth signs are part of the 99 percent plan and will be permanently installed. The last sign mentioned is located outside of the project area, but MnDOT may plan to install the sign themselves when the time is appropriate, according to City Engineer Sarah Rippke.
Osseo city streets are also not designed as official detours during the Hwy. 169 and County Road 30 project. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2013.
Access to St. Vincent’s Cemetery during stage one of construction will be routed on North Oaks Drive, as County Road 30 will be closed east of North Oaks Drive. During the second stage of construction, the cemetery, apartment buildings and school detour will be to Fifth Avenue N.E.
In other action, the council approved purchasing water meter reading equipment (a computer) from Dakota Supply Group.
Administrator Reeder said the city currently uses a computer to read the water meters around town. This computer is about 13 years old.
Reeder said the new equipment is needed to reduce staff time and improve reading accuracy of the meters. He added the problems with the current reading system are getting worse and the support and repair for the current system are no longer available.
The city did a complete water meter conversion to electronic meters in 2003.
The cost for the new water meter reading equipment is $13,199. There will also be a year maintenance cost of $1,038.
Councilor Poppe asked if multiple source requests were sought. Korfiatis said the manufacture of the meter reading box is the only one that read the meters within the city.
“I was informed the last time around [meter reading], it took us about four days to read the metes,” public works director Korfiatis said. “Normally, you should be able to boot it up, go out and read the meters… the whole process shouldn’t take more an hour and a half to two hours. And we worked four different days on it and re-read [the readings].”
Councilor Weber asked if this was a budgeted item or an emergency item. Reeder said it wasn’t, but the new computer would be paid for out of the water fund budget. He added this could be considered an emergency item.
Poppe added, “This is part of the reason why, in the last street project, why we didn’t take all the cash out of the funds.”