Rector City Council Talks Infrastructure

Monday, February 8, 2016

Rector City Council reviewed several infrastructure issues at Monday's monthly meeting.

Clay County Regional Water civil engineer John Selig presented two proposals for the needed tie in that would allow the city to repaint the water tower, which will need to be out of service for a few months.

The first proposal consisted of tying into a four-inch line at Woodland Heights Cemetery, costing $105,770. The tie in would allow the city to pump 120 gallons of water per minute, which is the known daily usage now.

The second proposal was to tie in at the Y near Fred Bucy's property with a six-inch main, allowing 200 gallons per minute to be pumped, costing $162,100. These prices include pipe and labor. City superintendent Todd Watson told the council the tie in would also serve as a backup system if ever needed. The council was astonished at the price of the tie in and decided to table a decision while pursuing alternative sources of financing. Selig offered to contact Rural Development to see if grants were available and the council thanked him.

Watson and mayor Teresa Roofe have met with FEMA representative Anthony Coy twice in recent weeks, looking at damage to the Fifth Street bridge after December's flooding. Clay County was named a disaster area after the flood and the city decided to get a jump on preparations to have the bridge fixed, Watson said. Total reconstruction was estimated at $223,235, a portion of the cost being sewer work where a main broke under the bridge.

Watson presented results from smoke testing conducted last summer. He reported 155 leaks in the system, all of which are on the service side, meaning they're on citizens' property. Those affected by the leaks will receive a letter letting them know where the leaks are located.

Nate Henderson approached the council for permission to begin demolition work at the baseball complex and the council approved. The school will replace one dugout per year beginning with the home team baseball dugout this year, one of the softball dugouts next year, the other baseball dugout the following and finishing up the softball dugouts the fourth year. Henderson said the school hopes to have the first dugout finished before baseball season begins in 30 days.


Dave's Heating and Air has completed replacing thermostats at the training center, and now alderman Ryan Lawrence is looking into bids for replacing the lighting with LED lights.

Property Issues

The council placed 302 McNabb Street and 513 Ballard Street on the property issue list. Watson reported the owner of the property on McNabb Street asked the council to allow him to either fix the home or try and sell it by March. The council agreed to his request. Attorney Kimberly Dale is processing a title search to see who owns the property on Ballard Street.


Watson and alderman David Romine are requesting bids for mowing work in the city.

*The water department reported 11 new connections, six disconnects, five repairs and no repair costs.

*The street department reported no street cuts, two signs replaced/repaired and six street repairs.

*The police department reported one in-city accident, $71.80 in vehicle repairs, five car letters, one yard citation, 18 docket items and $3,795 in court receipts.

All council members -- Ryan Lawrence, David Romine, Lark Sigsby and Iva Fahr -- were present for the meeting, as was recorder-treasurer Sheila Dale.

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