Water remains an issue for the County

Southwest Water Authority representative Mary Massad presented the Killdeer City Commission with Good Intention and Joint Powers Agreements at the regular city meeeting on Monday, Oct. 1.


Special to the Dunn County Herald

Posted Oct. 12, 2012

The agreements are three party agreements between the city, Southwest Water and the North Dakota State Water Commission.

Massad told the commissioners that Southwest Water would design a project to bring Killdeer water at a rate of 450 gallons per minute, with an option to increase to 750 gallons per minute should city growth require it.

The project Massad discussed with the city would serve Killdeer, as well as other cities currently on Southwest Water, such as Halliday and Dunn Center. The project would also allow for service to the Killdeer Mountain area, and serve all rural water requirements in the area.

According to Massad, the project is being build to bring 1600 gallons per minute to the area with a maximum of 750 gallons per minute available for Killdeer.

As part of the agreement, Massad discussed that Southwest Water would like to construct a water depot in the area. The water depot would be carried out with cost sharing agreement, in which the city would be responsible for 25 percent of costs associated with the depot, and would receive 25 percent on net revenues.

Massad said that Southwest Water would decide consumption rates, but not without city input. “We’re going to let people and livestock get water before we sell it to the oil industry,” said Massad.

The completion date for the project was unknown at the time of the meeting; however Massad said that it often depends on funding.

The commission decided to have the city attorney examine the contracts and make a decision at a later date.

Engineer Russ Sorensen also addressed the commission concerning bid results for their water tank project.

Recently, the city decided to install a new water tank, and to refurbish their existing tank. Sorensen discussed the bid he received, stating that he recommended to reject the bid and rebid the project.

Sorensen said that the “site work is three times as high as it should be… and recoating the [water] tank is two times as high as it should be.”

Although the exact total cost of the bid was not discussed, the bid came in at approximately $1,000,000. Sorensen said he’d feel more comfortable with the project being bid out at $500,000 to $700,000.

Clarence Schollmeyer was also on the meeting agenda to discuss recent activity at Weydahl Field, the airport north of Killdeer.

According to recent reports, the airport had been open and operational as of September. Schollmeyer told the commission that in fact, the airport has not been fully operational, and is not slated to be open for approximately six months.

Schollmeyer said that preliminary grounds keeping and maintenance has been performed to clean up the property. In the mean time, the airport will not be open until a Feasibility Study has been performed to determine viability of the airport project.

In Old Business, the city passed the second reading of its Sale of City Property Ordinance.

The commission also discussed a request vacating a road that runs through the north parking lot of St. John’s Lutheran Church. The commission tabled the motion until the church and private property owners could come to an agreement on alternate access routes.


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