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7/16/2013 11:55:00 AM
Dodge Center City Council MDH: Dodge Center wells in good condition

By Larry Dobson

Pat Bailey from the Minnesota Department of Health met Monday July 8 with the Dodge Center City Council during a public information meeting preceding the regular council meeting. Bailey was there to answer council questions about the Wellhead Protection Plan the council approved in May. She said the Dodge Center Drinking Water Supply Management Area (DWSMA) is in good shape and very low in vulnerability to contamination.

Bailey said the well construction meets state specs and is unlikely to provide a pathway for contamination to enter the aquifer used by the city. She said no nitrates at elevated levels have been detected in city water samples, indicating the aquifer is isolated from surface activities.

In routine business, the council approved minutes of the regular council meeting of June 24, the EDA meeting of June 4 and the Planning and Zoning meeting of June 3; and paid bills totaling $103,690.32.

The council also approved:

• expanding the HRA position to better address housing issues in Dodge Center;

• staff preparation of a document to get bids for streets to be overlaid or reclaimed;

• making an offer of $1,000 for the old Budget Mart property;

• staff proceeding with preparation of a floodplain ordinance so the city can enroll in the National Flood Insurance Program;

• participating in a transit pattern survey by distributing surveys in city utility bills;

• an amendment to the General Fund budget for scanning equipment and maintenance of the scanning system;

• write off of $8,463.88 of non-collectible ambulance bills.

The city is proposing to purchase the Budget Mart site after the county completes the tax forfeiture process so that the site may be cleaned up for redevelopment. It has been vacant for many years with deterioration that the city believes qualifies as blight. The city believes the structure will have to be demolished, underground fuel tanks removed and that other environmental remediation will be required. The plan, if the city acquires the property, is anticipated to take several years and will require seeking state and federal grants to accomplish.

The city is seeking to join the flood insurance program because a resident who had sustained flood damage this spring wanted to purchase flood insurance, and the city must be enrolled for him to do so. City Administrator Lee Mattson said he learned from meeting with a Minnesota DNR representative that there are properties within the city that would qualify for coverage and that, because a floodplain is present in the city, flood insurance may be required on mortgages. With the council direction to prepare a floodplain ordinance, Mattson said he will have further discussions with DNR representatives to determine how to draft an appropriate ordinance.

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