At last week’s Bovey City Council meeting, guest Michael Crotteau, an hydrologist with the Department of Natural Resources, spoke to the council about the need for an additional observation well (obwell). Currently, there are eleven obwells but none to monitor the aquifer between the Canisteo Pit and the city well. The proposed well will be a maximum of 90 feet deep and completed in the same aquifer unit as the city’s municipal water supply. The obwell is necessary in order to monitor the influence of the Canisteo Mine Pit Complex water level on the static water level and the water chemistry of the city’s water supply. With the advent of Magnetation’s current and future water use plan from the Canisteo Pit, the DNR, the Minnesota Department of Health, the cities of Bovey, Coleraine, and Taconite, and Magnetation are a developing a water supply contingency plan that includes monitoring static water levels in the water supply aquifers. The council approved allowing the additional obwell on Third Street.
Other action taken by the council was to move forward with the striping of Second Avenue; and, the approval of an IRRRB Redevelopment Grant for demolition.