City Council Minutes, November 7, 2016

The special meeting of the City Council of the City of Lamberton was held on November 7th, 2016, in the City Office at 7:00 pm.

Members present for the meeting were Mayor Bill Schaffran, Councilmembers Darrell Knutson, Terry Neperman, Lydell Sik, Dave Irlbeck, Clerk Flaig and Wade Wellner.

The purpose of the meeting was to listen to a proposal from Bollig, Inc. about what improvements are needed in Lamberton and how to fund those improvements.

Brian Bollig and two staff members, informed the council that his company has been working with cities in the area to try to get funding for city improvements.  He believes that they have done a good job looking at all needs for the city and seeing what is available rather than looking at one specific project at a time.

He then reviewed specific need area that his company has identified starting with streets. They looked at a ranks the current conditions of all city cities and determined a ranking from A to D.  42 percent of the streets fell into the D rank and 25 percent fell into the C rank.  Therefore, 67 percent of the streets need work now or in the immediate future.

He then presented a map of the water system and showed what percent was old cast iron or other material and how much was newer PVC pipe. He also did the same for the sewer and storm sewer systems.  It was noted that there is no separate funding for assistance for street replacement, however if there were two utilities being worked on in the street most of the street work would be covered.

They have determined that to upgrade all the streets, water, sewer and storm sewer would cost around 17 million dollars.  Upgrading a typical block would be about 241,000 per block. Wade mentioned that water system could also use a second back up well and new controls.

Brian recommended that a comprehensive plan be done for the city which would be used the basis for seeking funding for this work.  Areas could be prioritized to fit funding that is available to apply for.  He felt that this might cost up to $30,000 to complete and take up to 2 years.

The council thanked him and said that they would consider this matter.

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned.