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10/13/2012 Email this articlePrint this article 
New well construction project continues in Charlotte

By Andy Leheny

The October meeting of the Charlotte City Council was highlighted by actions related to the construction of a new well, and an update on the progress of reducing the radium level of the community's water supply.

The council met Oct. 4 due to the lack of a quorum Oct. 2, the regularly scheduled meeting date.

The council approved its contract with Shawyer Well Co. of Fredericksburg to dig and construct a new well for $89,553 and passed a resolution to enter into an agreement with the East Central Intergovernmental Association to assist with block grant administration.

The council is undertaking a project to build a new well near the existing well for the purpose of "blending" water from each. Iowa Department of Natural Resources officials believe blending will result in a radium level within acceptable limits.

Council members received a report on the overall approximate $287,000 project from GM Engineering and Surveying of East Moline, Ill. Robert Meyer, the project manager, said the well will be constructed at a depth of 81 feet. Although the current flow at that level is 25 gallons per minute, Meyer said the flow should increase from 35 to 40 gallons per minute when the hole is enlarged.

Funding for the project utilizes both community block grant funds and the city's participation in a state loan program.

Other business

In other business, the council:

•Was advised the Charlotte Post Office is being examined for either a reduction in hours or closure. Council members urged residents to attend a meeting Monday, Oct. 22 at 4:30 p.m. at the post office to consider the issue.

In addition, residents are being urged to complete a survey on the matter and share their preference for the post office to be open four hours per weekday vs. closure.

•Learned the city's annual financial report showed a July 1, 2011, beginning balance of $355,148 and a concluding balance of $379,919 June 30, 2012.

•Tabled action on the possible sale of what was assumed to be a parcel of city-owned property after learning county records conflict about ownership. Action possibly will be taken when the issue is resolved.

•Set trick or treat hours Tuesday, Oct. 30, 5-7 p.m. so as not to conflict with church activities on Wednesday.

•Was told the CAAC haunted house will be open the evenings of October 19-20, and October 26-27. There also will be a children's, "lights on" matinee Saturday, Oct. 27, 1-2 p.m.

New to the event will be the "Chainsaw Chase," a 5K walk/run to be held Oct. 20 at 4 p.m.

•Heard the Clinton County sheriff's report showing deputies provided 77.47 hours of direct service to Charlotte Aug. 26-Sept. 25. Two incidents were handled,

with one warning and two citations issued.

•Agreed mayor Peggy Sellnau should pursue the availability of grant funds for an additional generator.

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