At last week’s council meeting, city councilors in Keewatin set the date for a public hearing on May 28 at 4:30 p.m., for input on its Wellhead Protection Plan (WPP). A wellhead protection plan is developed and maintained by governmental entities to prevent pollution/contamination of the public water supply and to protect the groundwater sources and wellhead areas that supply public drinking water. The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) was passed by Congress in 1974, amended in 1986 and 1996, and is the federal law behind the city’s Wellhead Protection Plan.
Other items of business addressed by the council included:
• Passage of resolution, 2014-3, involving the city’s comprehensive plan and the funds received to assist the city in paying for the update. IRRRB will reimburse the city up to 50 percent of the cost.
• The ordinance submitted to Lake Country Power for a franchise in the city was returned with numerous alterations and requested deletions. Attorney John Dimich will review the returned document and then, with Mayor Bill King and one other councilperson, meet with Lake Country to come to a possible agreement.
• The water loop project, near the apartments on First Avenue, is set to be constructed this summer. City Engineer Alan Johnson received the council’s go ahead to start the survey for the project, Option B. The city has received $70,000 from IRRRB to be used toward the project. Two cost estimates were received from Benchmark Engineering, Option A for $101,977.37 and Option B for $72,882.70.
• The Fourth of July Committee request for $1,500 was approved. The funds will help the committee begin the planning for this year’s event.
• Fire Chief Blake Liend spoke to the council about a 2014 Ranger 800 6X6 for use by the department. The cost of $22,675 would be covered by funds accrued from charitable gambling. A slide-in unit will be purchased by a matching grant from the Department of Natural Resources. The council approved the purchase. Liend also reported the department will be conducting interviews for the department. Recently, the Keewatin Fire Department lost two members.
The next regular meeting of the council will be on May 28 at 5 p.m., preceded by the public hearing for the WPP at 4:30 p.m.