Meeting Monday night, the Elgin City Council received a water well update.
City Engineer John Zwingman sent a letter to City Hall to update officials on the current status of the well situation.
In the letter, Zwingman said he was meeting with UNL School of Natural Resources Research Hydrogeologist Susan Lackey of Norfolk to discuss well siting locations as well as the underground aquifer. Maps have been forwarded along with test results and other information.
Down the road, Zwingman said he will get together with City Water Superintendent Donnie Poulsen, Jr., to look at possible locations and land owners.
“As soon as we get a location, we will take bids on a test well, get testing done and if water quality works, we will begin design on the municipal well,” Zwingman said in the letter. “I know that this is an urgent matter due to the condition of the 88-1 well and we will be working with the state to get approval on everything in a very expedient manner.”
The City is having to look at a new well due to high arsenic levels found in test results. A test well was drilled on the northeast edge of Elgin months ago, but it was determined to not be a viable site.
In other action:
Bids — Mayor Schmitt opened bids for armor coating city streets later this year.
Just two bids were received, both from companies in Yankton, S.D. The Road Guy Construction Co. submiteed a bid of $2.95 per gallon for armor coating for 7,000 and 10,000.
The other bid was from Topkote. Their bid was $3.07 per gallon for 7,000 gallons; and $3.02 per gallon for 10,000 gallons. The bids from both companies required that the City of Elgin provide gravel.
After considerable discussion, some focusing on the need to fill cracks, the council voted 4-0 to accept a bid from The Road Guy for 10,000 gallons.
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