named to City Council
Don Munkers was appointed to fill the position vacated by Lynn Guyer on the Cottonwood City Council at their October meeting Monday, Oct. 15.
He was then appointed as sewer commissioner and representative to IdaLew.
The results of the hydrology study and options for redoing the storm drainage in downtown Cottonwood and along King Street were presented by representatives of Great West Engineering.
Four alternatives were presented for Cottonwood Creek ranging in estimated costs from $3.3 million to $5.2 million. They also presented a proposal for the King Street drainage at an estimated cost of nearly $3.6 million for total costs if both projects are done ranging from about $6.9 million to nearly $8.8 million.
The 4 alternatives for Cottonwood Creek were:
1) put in a new 4’x8’ box culvert along Front St., then Junction St. and tie back into the Cottonwood Creek after it crosses under Idaho St. and also close down the current culvert that goes under The Tire Guy and Riener’s Grocery.
2) put in a new 3’x10’ box culvert along Main St. then turn it at Goldstone and connect back with the Creek, also closing down the current culvert under the Tire Guy and Rieners.
3) same as 1) except put in a 4’x6’ box culvert and put a sleeve inside the current culvert and use it as well.
4) same as 2) except put in a 3’x6’ box culverts along Main Street and put a sleeve inside the current culvert and use it too.
Number 3 was the least expensive alternative followed by 1, 4 and 2. There is only about $150,000 difference between 3 and 1.
The King St. upgrades could be done in stages, starting from downtown and working north to spread out the cost.
The Council members will review the options and possibly have a special meeting to decide what they want to do due to the deadlines for applying for a FEMA grant to help with financing.
Dodd Snodgrass of CEDA reported that after doing the income survey that the city was eligible for a block grant. This would put $450,000 toward the project.
In other business Matt Mosman of CJ Air presented a proposal for loading his planes at the airport. He would develop a road along the north side of the runway to run his trucks down to the turnaround at the west end of the runway to load chemicals into his cropduster planes. He is also looking at purchasing a hanger. He said he needs to check with the property authorities to make sure the road proposed is legal as to how far it would need to be from the runway. Airport commissioner Jack Duman said he approves of the proposal subject to approval from the proper authorities.
The Verizon Tower lease was discussed. Linda Nida said they want to add 40 years to the current 25 year lease and make a lump sum payment of $35,000. City Attorney Joe Wright suggested telling Verizon the city is interested but wants to see the contract.
In reports Pat Holthaus reported they pumped 5.5 million gallons of water last month and sold over 5.2 million. After accountable losses they came up with a 3.7% loss. They had a positive test on a water test sample but follow-up tests came up clean. Roy Uhlenkott said it may have had something to do with the way the sample was drawn.
Jack Duman reported he is starting to look at doing some street work on School Street and others in that area. He’s looking at doing like what was done on Butler Street, a CRABS BST.
Nida reported the Fire Dept. did not get the grant for a new compressor but Ron Grant was able to find one through a friend of his. Brand new with one tank for $27,000. The rural department has agreed to pay half. Nida had budgeted $34,000 for this so they are well within budget.
The meeting adjourned at 8:31 p.m. The next regular meeting will be Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m.