An agreement between the Town of Orchard City and the Coalby Domestic Water Company that would create the long- sought cross-connection between the two water providers has gone to Orchard City's attorney for review.
A domestic water cross-connection between the two Ward Creek Drainage water providers would be, in essence, an emergency backup source that would serve almost all of the Coalby's system customers.
The contract under review provides for deciding under what circumstances the connection would be opened, who would make that decision, the rates that would be charged for water used, and other conditions of use. The cross-connection would remain locked on both the Orchard City and the Coalby sides until an emergency event was declared allowing its opening.
Orchard City Trustee Jimmie Boyd told the board on May 9 that the agreement is "basically" the same one in force for providing bulk treated water sales to the town's 30-plus private water pipeline companies.
The actual cross-connection would be made at a point where the town's new West Main transmission line crosses a Coalby distribution line.
The town board will take final action on the agreement at an upcoming meeting.
In other business conducted during its May 9 regular meeting, the Orchard City Town Board dealt with the following matters:
• A badly potholed Tongue Creek Road is causing damage to personal vehicles, constituent Angela Moreland told the trustees. The road is a haul route for heavy trucks and has sustained increasing damage in recent years. Mayor Don Suppes explained that the road is a shared jurisdiction of the town and the county. A new asphalt overlay is scheduled for this summer. Until then, gravel has been placed in existing potholes as a temporary fix.
Moreland asked about getting some financial help with front end alignments for her vehicles which have been damaged by being forced to drive through the potholes by oncoming truck traffic.
"I'm sorry, we can't help you with that," Suppes explained.
• The trustees accepted the Northwest Thornton Pipeline into the town's outside domestic water system.
• Trustee Gale Doudy complimented town staff on a new check register that makes tracking monthly expenditures easier for the trustee finance committee.
• Trustees approved a letter to the DMEA Board of Directors offering conditional support for a proposal being studied that promises better Internet access for county residents.
DMEA is considering whether to extend an existing fiber-optic cable to its local county substations where broadband capability might be accessed by local Internet service providers.
The Orchard City letter strikes a cautionary note on costs. The actual cost to end users of any service resulting from the cable extension, or any costs to local governments, has not been determined. Orchard City's support of the project is conditioned on that aspect of the deal, Suppes noted.
• Trustees approved a bid by KC Electric to install electric service in the town's new materials storage building. The bid was for $2,450.
• Trustees approved a lot split for Lot 1 of Marshall's Subdivision. Trustee Jimmie Boyd recommended that the process be simplified. He noted that the applicants had to attend several (at least four) hearings in order to get the lot split finally approved.
"It would be nice if this process could be streamlined," Boyd said.
• Trustee Jan Gage suggested after attending an emergency response exercise in Delta that town employees be issued official identification badges to use in the event of an evacuation emergency in Orchard City. Suppes noted that town employee use of Orchard City logo clothing by workers has been well-received by residents.
• The most recent water audit shows a 13 percent unaccounted loss in the town's domestic water distribution system. The 13 percent is in addition to the 10-12 percent loss that is considered normal.
"We're still looking for leaks," Trustee Boyd said.
• Trustees also learned that a new employee is taking care of the Town Park; that the water system computer model project is progressing; and, that the Pheasant Run water line replacement project is nearly completed.blog comments powered by Disqus