Monona Council approves purchase of sewer cleaning equipment, water meters


By Pat McTaggart 


 At its second regular September meeting, the Monona City Council held a public hearing on a loan agreement. It was explained that it was the intent of the city to enter into a loan agreement with FreedomBank of Monona to purchase a trailer mounted high pressure sewer jet/camera system for cleaning and televising sanitary sewer pipes, as well as new water meters with a radio meter reader system to replace existing obsolete and inaccurate meters. The total cost of borrowing was not to exceed $275,000.


After the hearing was closed, it was moved by Colsch, seconded by Blietz, approving a resolution authorizing and approving a loan agreement and providing for issuance of a $260,000 General Obligation Corporate Purpose Note for purchase of sewer cleaning equipment and water meters with radio meter reading system. The resolution was unanimously adopted.


Price quotes were received from Municipal Pipe Tool Company (MPT) and TransIowa, LLC for the purchase of a trailer mounted high pressure sewer jet/camera system for cleaning sanitary sewer pipes. The proposals were $88,200 and $74,275 respectively.  After careful review of specifications and capabilities of each unit, it was recommended by Council Members Havlicek and Meyer and Wastewater Operator Penrod that the city purchase the jetter/camera system from MPT.


It was moved by Blietz and seconded by Colsch to authorize the purchase of the 747-FR2000TV Sewer Cleaner System manufactured by Sewer Equipment Co. of America from Municipal Pipe Tool Co., with equipment options as listed. The motion carried unanimously.


Due to old, obsolete and inaccurate water meters, it has been the intent of the council to replace all meters city wide.  Price quotes were received from three different water meter vendors for three  different brands of water meters and meter reading systems. Meter pricing and related radio read information was submitted by Dakota Supply Group (DSG) for ‘Badger’ meters, Ferguson Waterworks for ‘Neptune’ meters and Municipal Supply for ‘Sensus’ meters. Also included in the proposals was a price quote and related services for installation of said meters, software and radio read system. 


After review of all specifications and variables, including installation costs, the council unanimously voted to proceed with purchase of ‘Neptune’ meters, radio reader system package including software, training and installation from Ferguson Waterworks for approximately $170,000.


The council also received an update on a proposed bicycle course. ‘Jumping Kings’ members Garret Keehner, Dylan Corlett, Hunter Miller and Michael Egan again talked to the council about developing a bicycle course in Monona.  An updated drawing with pictures of the proposed course design was displayed. The group explained that the track area would need to be approximately 150 feet x 225 feet in size and preferably have a slight slant or slope to the terrain.  The course would need to be constructed entirely of dirt and would not contain any equipment or structures.  Dirt mounds and banks would be created for ramps and jumps throughout the course.  It was noted there might be suitable space west of the Monona Family Aquatic Center that would be accessible from Davis Street and the recreation trail. 


Justin Keehner stated that excavation and placement of needed soil to construct the course would be provided by volunteers. It was decided that Mr. Keehner and city maintenance staff would meet at the proposed site to determine the size and location of the proposed course.


At the conclusion of comments, it was moved by Meyer, seconded by Martin to proceed with bicycle course layout adjacent to the Monona Aquatic Center. The motion carried unanimously.


It was also reported to the council that amendments to ATV Ordinance Chapter 75 are being developed by Council members Havlicek and Blietz, Mayor Passmore and administrator Canton. A preliminary draft will be submitted to City Attorney Schiller for review prior to consideration by the full council.

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