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5/22/2013 Email this articlePrint this article 
Grand Mound revisits 2012 sewer repairs

By Sarah Beuthien

  The Grand Mound City Council once again broached the topic of the city's sewer system during the Monday, May 13, meeting.

Last summer the portion of the city's sewer system south of the railroad tracks was relined or replaced costing the city $392,792.05. Last month council approved having Hydroview televise the sewer lines to insure the work was done properly and is holding up.

Several portions of the lining are showing excessive grout and a large section on Sunnyside Street is showing holes.

The council directed city attorney Dave Pillers to contact Municipal Pipe Tool to give them an opportunity to rectify the situation before proceeding further. The discussion of streets repairs was tabled pending sewer repairs.

Construction on a new city building has begun. The building, located behind city hall, will house rock, sand, the recycle trailer and other storage. The council approved a contract in the amount of $22,793.

City attorney Pillers explained changes in the lease agreement with Dick Campbell for land used during steam threshing. Since the start of the steam threshing show, the area has increased in size along with the equipment, and Campbell wanted to ensure the city's insurance as well as the contract are adequate.

JoElla O'Connell submitted a copy of the Grand Mound brochure for review. The brochure was made through Clinton County marketing using funds from grants and donations from Clinton County communities. Council members reviewed the brochure and felt it didn't accurately describe the town; they gave corrections and suggestions to city clerk Melissa Conner to forward to O'Connell.

Council member Chris Beuthien asked about the drain on DeWitt and Williams streets and drainage problem. City maintenance man Steve Kilberg reported the drain is clear now, although it was clogged previously.

Councilman Kurt Crosthwaite asked about campers being parked on the street. The city ordinance states campers may park on a city street for no more than 24 hours. Tami Guy also asked about a drain on Prairie Lane; the ground around the drain is raised causing water to pool. Kilberg will dig it out.

Guy also asked about the city's ordinance on burning. Burning of yard waste only is permitted in the city. Several council members reported residents burning trash; Conner will send notices to those residents advising them of the ordinance.

The Clinton County sheriff's office spent 55.98 hours in the city between March 26 and April 25. During that time, they issued a warning for a non-registered vehicle and driving with no headlights. Deputies issued one citation for open container and handled two incidents: cyber tip and sex abuse. Six calls were answered: animal, parking violation, no trespass order, check welfare, property retrieval and miscellaneous.

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