9/13/2013 10:33:00 AM City to work with Riverside Terrace on water leaks
by Ken Haggerty
The City of Cannon Falls Public Works meeting in October will include discussions with the managers of the Riverside Terrace mobile home court to work toward a resolution of recurring water leaks.
The city water lines currently end at the street and Riverside owns the system that distributes to the lots throughout the court.
The city has given credits on sewer and water bills for repeated leaks but just passed new language that will limit those credits to once every five years in an effort to force full repairs on faulty water lines.
"These credits were never intended as a repeat situation...basically these lines need to be upgraded," said city administrator Aaron Reeves, at the September 3 council meeting. He said the city is willing to help install new lines if that is necessary.
"Leaks can pose a hazard to the city system if we get backflow or contamination and also we just don't want to waste water," said Reeves.
Council member LeRoy McCusker said he helped install that system as a young worker in 1968 and had his doubts about its long-term viability. He said those were early days of using PVC pipes and neoprene gaskets and some lessons have been learned since.
The Council approved without discussion under the consent agenda the preliminary levy for 2014 of $2,283,194. This is about two percent higher than last year's levy, but is expected to be reduced to an amount equal to or lower to last year by the time the final levy is set on December 3.
Police Chief Jeff McCormick noted school is back in session and urged extra caution when driving...The city is looking for two or three citizens to be involved in a new pool study...St. Pius V was granted permission for a street closure on Colvill for Sunday, Sept. 15, the day of their festival...The Fire Department was authorized to accept a gift of $3,000 for equipment purchases from pull tab funds.