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By MARK EVANS
STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD
How to approach the Clement Road waterline replacement project if all the needed easements cannot be obtained was part of the discussion at the Nov. 14 Bloomsdale Board of Aldermen meeting.
One easement had been obtained at the time of the meeting.
“Is it wrong to roll the dice and go out there and put that out for bid and I tell you I will have those sighed easements?” Mayor Paul Monia asked T.J. Garbs of Cochran Engineering.
“It is rolling the dice,” Garbs replied.
He said that was why he attended the meeting
He mentioned that they had discussed putting the waterline under the road “as a last resort,” should the easements not be obtained.
Another option, Garbs said, might be to put Clement Road on hold and go ahead and take the waterline replacement up Highway 61.
“I’ve got so much money tied up in engineering fees now,” Monia said. “I hate to give it up. I’m this close.”
“I would say, if we had like half of them, it wouldn’t be a huge deal,” Garbs said, “but since we don’t have very many of them…”
Garbs later explained the situation.
“Until we have a more solid idea of who would sign an easement and who doesn’t, we really can’t finish our design thoroughly, and give you guys a good, accurate assessment,” he said.
Monia asked whether another letters should be sent to residents, explaining the need to replace the 59-year-old, four-inch transite pipe.
“I think we should do a meeting,” City Clerk Lynnette Randoll said.
After some discussion, it was decided to hold a meeting with Clement Road property owners at the Knights of Columbus club room on Dec. 12, at 5:30 p.m., followed by the board of aldermen meeting at 6 p.m.
Another round of letters will out, inviting the residents to the meeting. Garbs said he would be happy to help with writing the letter.
A local Boy Scout troop attended the meeting, with scouts working on their Building A Better World badge. They asked some questions and answered questions from Monia.
He explained the major water project the city has been working on, including replacing the old 70,000-gallon standpipe with a 250,000-gallon water tower.
• The city is looking into proposing an ordinance to require contractors to get permits before digging within the city limits.
• The city is advertising for a new water superintendent. John Lurk had to give the position up due to health issues.
• The board voted to accept a bid of $5,319 from Jeremy Meyer, for installing an alarm system at the lift station, similar to one he installed at the treatment plant.
• The Missouri Department of Resources has notified the city that it will be monitoring the water for traces of asbestos.
• Randoll reported that the city won an award from the Missouri Rural Services Workers Comp Insurance Trust for having 10 accident-free years.
• The board went into closed session to discuss property on Highway 61.