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City approves integral sewer system components

Dickinson's east side should only have to experience one more stinky spring.

After a marathon budgeting session in the morning and early afternoon, the Dickinson City Commission heard presentations about several pump and lift stations connecting to the wastewater treatment facility at its regular meeting at City Hall on Monday evening.

Mike Berg, principal engineer for Bismarck-based Apex Engineering, gave two presentations to commissioners. The first was about the influent pump station that City Engineer William Watson said is integral to the workings of the wastewater treatment facility.

"It's designed so that if the pump station goes down, we can back up into the existing ponds," Berg said. "During this whole process we've retained the existing ponds and they will shave peaks and provide back-ups for existing systems."

Construction of the wastewater facility is on schedule, and the pump and lift stations are needed to keep up with Dickinson's growth. Because the current lagoon system is at capacity, spring melt and churning bring an unpleasant odor to the east side of the city. The new facility is a biological process and will turn out water usable for the industrial sector.

The new system will contain odor control, Berg said.

The commission approved the $9.8 million bid for the influent pump station in its consent agenda Monday evening.

Berg also presented the west lift station project, which will feed into the influent pump station.

"It actually will carry all the wastewater coming from the diesel topping plant as well as from the northwest part of the city," Watson said.

The west lift station can hold the current peak flow from Dickinson, Berg said.

The project is estimated at $15 million and a $7 million energy impact grant has been secured to help cover the cost, Berg said.

In other news:

- Tenth Avenue West, the street that Prairie Rose Elementary is located on, will be extended north. At Monday's meeting, the commission unanimously voted to obtain privileges to the right-of-way from property owners to qualify for $1.2 million in federal funding for the urban roads project, City Attorney Matt Kolling said.

- Some fences on corner lots are too high, creating a hazard for drivers, Community Development Director Ed Courton said. Current city code prevents those on corner lots from having fences higher than 4 feet next to a sidewalk. It allows for higher fences starting 15 feet away from the sidewalk, but many homeowners are not in compliance.

Courton proposed an inexpensive fence permit that allows city staff to quickly review plans and citizens and fencing companies to be informed of the ordinance. An official motion was not made at Monday's meeting.

- There is a public input meeting from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at City Hall tonight regarding the State Avenue overpass of the railroad south of Villard Street. There will be a formal presentation at 6 p.m.

Katherine Grandstrand
I graduated from Bemidji State University in 2007 with a bachelor's degree in mass communcations, from Columbia College Chicago in 2009 with a master's degree in journalism.  
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