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Friday, 20 November 2015 20:28

By Russ Pankonin

The Wauneta Breeze


Wauneta village board members voted to approve $19,800 to have Miller & Associates  design several water main projects for the village.

The approval came during the board’s regular meeting Tuesday, Nov. 10.

Village Superintendent Bill Bischoff said the designs do not commit the village to complete the projects. Rather, it gives the village a head start when they do decide to do the work.

One project in the works includes extending a water main on North Railway west from Shawnee Street.

The design also includes boring under the railroad to tie the main in with another main on the other side to eliminate a dead end.

Bischoff said the design will also include eliminating a two-inch main at the corner of North Railway and Arikaree Streets by the Ruth Speicher home.

Bischoff said a main from the east end of town crosses the river and runs along South Railway Street, west past the ball field.

The plan calls for installing a valve in that main and tying it in with the main by the Speicher home.

Bischoff estimated the improvements could run as much as $100,000.


Well rehab project

Bischoff said Miller & Associates has already completed one phase of a study on the well rehabilitation project.

The village is part of a pilot study with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on water quality in Wauneta’s wells.

Early data taken from monitoring wells near the city’s well south of Hwy. 6 shows the water quality is better from a depth of around 150 feet.

HHS has four monitoring wells at the location that they drilled and paid for as part of the project.

Bischoff said the wells are at 35, 50, 150 and 200 feet.

However, the results are not back on the arsenic content of the samples, Bischoff said. That’s a key element in the study, he noted.

Bischoff said they hope to isolate the source of the underground formation where natural arsenic comes into the water.

If that’s able to be done, Bischoff said it may be possible to seal off those formations in the city’s wells and reduce the arsenic content in the water.


Sewer line inspection

Bischoff told the board he has hired a firm to inspect and video the sewer main that crosses the river from the east side of town.

Right now, the line is visible in the river channel. However, if the line were to be lowered, Bischoff said an additional lift station would be needed.

Based on the condition of the line, Bischoff said a PVC liner could be inserted into the pipe to strengthen and protect it.

Clerk Evelyn Skelton said a rate study is underway on the village’s water and sewer departments.

The study in being conducted by the Nebraska Rural Water Association.

The last time a rate study was completed was in 2011, she said. With the water projects under consideration, she said it was time to complete another study.


Community Hall

Bischoff said several volunteers conducted a walk-through of the building with engineer Jeff Tidyman of McCook.

They completed a wish list of improvements and repairs that could be done to upgrade the facility.

Bischoff said painting the inside of the building would make a big difference at a minimal expense, adding he has some part-time staff that could do that.

The board approved up to $2,000 for minor repair and efforts to seek grant funding for  renovating the building.

Bischoff said it could be beneficial to hire an architect to develop specs for the project, which would enhance grant applications.