May 26, 2017Joint Ventures:
The Joint Venture Group (JVG) consisting of the City of Mantorville, The City of Kasson and the Kasson-Mantorville School District met last week. During the meeting, we spoke about projects currently underway, our budget and new future plans. I wanted to update everyone on one of the projects I have had received a few questions on. The basketball hoops that the JVG has on order will be installed shortly. The City crew in Mantorville is currently working on getting the new back boards to fit our current poles. The City of Kasson plans to install theirs in June, so in the next few weeks all the boards should be setup and ready to use, just in time for summer. Also, the City of Mantorville is adding additional drainage to the infields at Mantor Field to compliment the drainage work that the JVG is working on in the outfield.
I had the opportunity to speak with Senator Dave Senjem last week and he shared with me that they were currently working on adding back in the PFA Funds into the final budget proposal. He felt that we could still see some help from the State with the combined efforts on the Mantorville and Kasson Waste Water Treatment projects. I will continue to be in close contact with the Senator as well as our State Representative and will convey any information. I did want to remind everyone this is still fluid and could change quickly, so until we see the final product, we need to keep the pressure on the Legislature.
Waste Water Project:
The line along 615th Street has been installed and the terrane roughly restored. The installed line continues Northward on the West side of Highway 57. The line has been installed up to the south side of County Road 12. One of the last parts of the installation will be to directional drill under Highway 57 and then to drill under the river. Once all the pipe is in the ground, the line will be pressure tested with a pneumatic bleed down test in sections. When the entire line passes the leak down test, the project can transition to installation of pumps in Mantorville; the completion of the reception system in Kasson; and finally, when both cities are ready and the MPCA has cleared the projects, the City of Mantorville can start pumping to Kasson. The City of Mantorville will then have a decommissioning project to conduct at the current Waste Water Treatment Plant. The decommissioning project will be a separate project from any renovation work to re-purpose the current building.
Schools Out For Summer:
School is out and the weather is getting warmer. Our students will be looking for summer activities. While some will choose to go fishing or kayaking, some of our students will choose a more direct interaction with the Zumbro River. I want to again remind everyone that the cliffs along the South side of the river have eroded and that that eroded material is in the river very close to the surface. The current situation presents a new and very real danger that has not been present in the past. The City will be installing no trespassing signs along the top of the cliff trail and the Sheriff's office has been informed to enforce the no trespassing rule. Under no circumstance is anyone allowed to jump off or attempt to jump off the cliffs adjacent to Riverside Park.
Yours in service,
Mayor - City of Mantorville