Relief Found After Meeting
Jackie Albrecht went to the last Rugby City Council meeting to plead her case once again about the drainage problem affecting her property. The council heard what she had to say and after eight years of frustration, relief is now on the way.
Water/Streets/Sewer Committee Chairman Terry Wentz and Buildings/Property/Infrastructure Committee Chairman Neil Lotvedt took her complaint to heart and proposed removing the asphalt and having a paving company repave the area so that the slope allows faster drainage from the area. Wentz stated that Knife River paving would be in the area doing a paving project for the Park Board. A motion was presented by Ward 3 Councilman James Hoffert to authorize the Public Works employees to remove the asphalt and cut the street down, then employ the paving company to pave and slope the street to alleviate the drainage issue. Ward 1 Councilman Bruce Rheault seconded the motion, a roll call vote was taken and the motion carried unanimously.
It was also discussed prior to the vote that an engineering firm previously proposed another option to alleviate the problem, and Hoffert explained all that entailed to the city council. This option would have cost the city more than $535,000 and there was no room in the budget for such an undertaking thus making it moot and no vote was taken on this proposal.
With the motion passed, giving authorization for the work to begin, Wentz and Lotvedt took direct action and instructed the city workers to begin work immediately on the problem. A portion of 2nd Avenue NE was blocked off on Sept. 11 in order to start work on the approved method to alleviate the drainage issues in the area. The work was completed the following Wednesday. With the prep work being done by city employees, allowing the cost to remain relatively low, the outlay for the project according to city hall was approximately $24,547.32. Now all that is left is to wait for the next big rainfall.
– Tribune Staff Report
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