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Verndale City Council: Water tower to be checked for historical value, cemetery decorations out of control


by Trinity Gruenberg

The Verndale City Council held their regular meeting on June 10. Council Member Tara Erckenbrack was absent. 

Water Project Update

Joeb Oyster with Moore Engineering shared payment number four from Eagle Construction for the water treatment plant was $188,036. The council approved the payment. The change order for the steel siding came to $5904. Approved payment and a blue color.

Approved an invoice from Moore Engineering for the water treatment plant that included the dewatering for $54,970.

Osyter said the landowners seemed to be comfortable with everything for the ditch and dewatering. They plan to start the digging this upcoming week. 

The engineer sent his approval of the preliminary engineering report for the water tower to the state director and is waiting to hear if the state director has any issues.

“The environmental portion is always the hold up,” said Oyster.

He explained that the Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) wanted a historian to document the water tower.

“Nobody believes there will be any actual historic value. They are starting to require these on all towers,” explained Oyster. . . .

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