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By MARK EVANS
STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD
Things are moving along on track for the replacement of waterlines along Clement Road.
T. J. Garbs of Cochran Engineering reported to the Bloomsdale Board of Aldermen Sept. 12 that the timeline of having easement acquisitions in place by November.
He asked whether the officials had heard any concerns from residents about granting easements. Mayor Paul Monia said that he has only heard one concern.
Garbs said the easement agreements were submitted to City Attorney Mark Bishop to review. Bishop did not have any comments, he said.
“I really don’t anticipate too much trouble,” Monia said.
At the previous meeting, Garbs had suggested that it might be a good idea to cover pipes that are being stored at the water treatment plant with a tarp. This would protect them from ultraviolet rays.
Monia, who had not been at that meeting, told Garbs he agreed with him.
“I’d been contemplating that same issue,” he said. “However, I was hoping to beat it with about four feet of dirt, instead of tarp.”
In other words, he ideally would have preferred to have the waterlines buried sooner, rather than having to store them until time to bury them.
“You just assume things are going to move faster and it doesn’t and then that gets away from you,” Monia said. “I get it.”
Garbs said he still plans to get plans to contractors in December, with the bid opening in January 2024, a notice to proceed in March and the project completed in June.
Monia joked that, “A spring funeral would be wonderful,” referring to the burial of the waterlines.
Garbs said Cochran has “an alignment pretty well picked out” as to where the pipes will go, as long as all the easements are obtained.
“If they don’t, we’ll just have to go on (the city’s) right of way,” he said.
Garbs also said the new well pump had been completely installed and that he had submitted paperwork to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.
“So that project is complete,” he said.
Monia said the pump installation was “smooth.”
He did note though, that the well house needs to be reroofed before long.
Monia said it was “remarkable” how things were coming together for the projects.
Letters will go out to Clement Road residents about the easement requests for the waterline. It was agreed that the previously drafted version of the letter would be sent.
• Sludge will be removed from holding basins and applied to land once the corn crop is harvested and youth soccer is done. Ward 1 Alderwoman Monica Rozier said soccer would be finished with the field about Oct. 20.
• City Clerk Lynnette Randoll reported that 2023 property tax rate paperwork had been submitted. The rate will remain 0.3057.
• The rent on the city hall building is increasing from $650 a month to $750.
• Randoll said she called a Parkway Drive resident to inform him of complaints she had received about vehicles and junk in front of his house.
• Rick Drury, assistant fire chief, has borrowed a locator from Core & Main to take over water line locates from Water Superintendent John Lurk, who has been sidelined by health issues.