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By Staff | Apr 22, 2013

Thursday, April 14, 1938

William Tank, who lives a short distance south of town, suffered the loss of 150 gallons of gasoline, a quantity of other oils, and the shed which housed them on Tuesday evening when he attempted to refill the tank of his tractor by the light of a lantern. Fortunately, Mr. Tank was able to escape without injury, which helps some to compensate for the financial loss.

Thursday, April 11, 1963

At the regular meeting of the Rugby Fire Department on Tuesday, April 2, Glenn (Bud) Miller submitted his resignation as chief of the organization. Miller has been a member of the department since 1950, and this was his second year as chief.

Jim Bailey will replace Miller as chief for the remainder of the year.

Monday, April 11, 1988

The city of Rugby could have a new water plant in three to four years. The city council gave the go-ahead to proceed with an engineer’s preliminary investigation toward the building of a new plant at a regular monthly meeting of the council.

The council will send the report to the state water commission, from whom they hope to obtain a grant which would pay for 75 percent of the project. Besides approval from the commission, approval will have to come from the Federal Bureau of Reclamation and the Garrison Conservancy District.

The city had set aside $34,000 in its 1988 budget for improvements to the city water plant, but learned last month that improvements planned could cost the city over $100,000.

The current water plant is 30 years old and has passed its expected lifetime. Lime must be dumped into the system manually. A new plant would be fully automated.

The city pays into the Garrison Diversion project, and [Mayor Dave] Shelver said it was about time the city tries to take advantage of a project which the city has paid into.

“We’ve been paying into it for the last 30 years and really have had no return into this area,” Shelver said.

Shelver also expressed concern if the city were to wait until later with building a plant, eligibility requirements for the grant would change and the city would not receive a grant.

The city had sent a letter to the state water commission expressing its intent. The board replied it appears Rugby is eligible to receive a grant.

The city will proceed with engineering reports and an application for a grant. If approved, a feasibility study will follow. Seventy-five percent of that study would be paid through a grant.

Next would follow the final approval and the building of a water plant.

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