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More bumps for Wykoff’s proposed treatment center


Fri, Nov 1st, 2013
Posted in Wykoff Government

When WHKS, the firm hired by the City of Wykoff, first proposed the costs to a new waste treatment center, the plans came in around $1.6 million. After a failed bid process that came in well over the proposed amount, WHKS has gone back to the drawing board for a new proposal. When Kevin Graves, of WHKS visited the council at their October meeting, he explained a new proposal that taps out at approximately $2.9 million. This is not a final figure and does not reflect any additional engineering costs that could incur from Graves’ company. He did not have any information, as Councilwoman Meagan Lund had previously requested, concerning the absorption of additional costs by his company.

The urgency for this project to get off the ground has been upgraded since the current plant is experiencing equipment failure. An updated project schedule was given to the council and WHKS is hoping to have a contractor on board by March 2014. The completion is projected for fall of 2014.

Councilman Rocky Vreeman addressed WHKS representative Graves and inquired about the problems that the local community of Peterson is having with condensation. Wykoff is proposed to receive the same plant. Graves explained the Peterson plant does not have an adequate HVAC system which has resulted in condensation issues. He assured Vreeman the Wykoff plans include an HVAC unit that is above and beyond the unit at the Peterson plant. Grave stated condensation would not be a problem for Wykoff.

Pet complaints were a hot topic. Councilwoman Lund reported complaints from residents about dogs invading people’s yards. The council was also visited by Linda Jacobson, a Wykoff resident who expressed concern about people walking dogs without leashes. She stated that dogs are ‘doing their business’ in her yard and thought there was a leash law. City Clerk Davis confirmed there was a leash ordinance and Mayor Hare volunteered to mention the pesky problem with pets in the newsletter.

In other business, Councilwoman Lund made a motion to approve a resolution for the water rate increase. Mitch Grabau seconded the motion and it was carried unanimously. The fire hall and city building are in need of roof repair and Al Williams stated that someone had been contacted to get this done but he had not yet heard back.

Fillmore County Sheriff Daryl Jensen would like to meet with the council to talk about the updated contract for patrol. Mayor Hare requested the city clerk invite him to the November council meeting.

Unfortunately, the party hired to replace retired city worker Al Williams, has withdrawn and taken another job. City Clerk Davis was instructed to post ads for the position.

Mayor Hare had made a call to the Kingsland superintendent regarding the purchase of the tennis court next to the Kingsland Middle School. Hare suggested the court would be used as a parking lot. The city has to express interest to Kingsland, at which point it could be discussed. The council gave Mayor Hare permission to pursue the interest and contact Kingsland to confirm interest.

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