Hettinger set to replace portion of water system

On Thursday, May 28 the Hettinger City Council held a special meeting to discuss the upcoming water improvement project with Brosz Engineering.

The upcoming water improvement project will start on the corner of North Seventh Street and North Third Avenue and run roughly 2,300 feet to the water tower. [PHOTO BY COLE BENZ | Adams County Record]
The upcoming water improvement project will start on the corner of North Seventh Street and North Third Avenue and run roughly 2,300 feet to the water tower. [PHOTO BY COLE BENZ | Adams County Record]
By COLE BENZ | Record Editor | cbenz@countrymedia.net

On Thursday, May 28 the Hettinger City Council held a special meeting to discuss the upcoming water improvement project with Brosz Engineering.

The City of Hettinger is going to be replacing about 2,300 feet of water main and water services starting at third avenue and heading north on seventh street all the way up to the water tower.

So why now?

According to City Auditor Pat Carroll, this is the oldest section of water main that the city has.

“It’s a major water main, and it’s the oldest one in the city,” Carroll said.

Last year the city completed a project they called a ‘water loop’ so that they can feed the city from another direction because Carroll said “this particular line serves all of the south part of Hettinger City.”

The project is only going to disturb the east side of seventh avenue, and water disruptions is going to be minimal. Project Engineer Billy Doerr said that because they may have to shut the water off, temporary services will be provided.

“Temporary water is also going to be provided, nobody is going to be days without water, it will be a temporary disruption, short term,” Doerr said.

Residents living on seventh street will also have access to their drive ways. There may be times when access is not available, but it is a requirement that access is there at the end of the day. Doerr described it as similar to the water situation, a short-term disturbance.

The new water system parts will be equipped for future expansion, and it will be easier. Where the system breaks off from the 12 inch water main, a larger-sized pipe will be provided and it will be reduced down to a smaller size. This will allow the city to adjust it for future expansions.

“In the future if they wanted to up-size that pipe they could come in and tie into that reduction versus tying into the main line,” Doerr said. “We’re just moving the tie-in point away from the main.”

Doerr said this is standard practice when they do projects like this.

When the water pipes are replaced, the city has a decision to make on the road. Do they repave the whole street or do they simply pave the portion that was torn up during construction?

“We’re only going to disturb half the street, and at a minimum we’d repave half the street,” Doerr said.

He also said that it wouldn’t be necessary to fix the whole street, but it may be easier to maintain if it were completely repaved, but in their opinion nothing with the structure of the street will be affected if only half is done.

The city will be presented with three different types of bids according to how the streets will be repaired.

The plan is to possibly use the city’s surge fund money they received from the state for this project, but Carroll said the city council still has to vote on that.

“This is not going to cost the property owners anything to have this done,” Carroll said.

If special assessment district was needed then the city would need to hold a vote, but that is not this case with this project.

It is very early in the process at this point, but bids for the project will open on June 17 at 10 a.m., a June 23 special meeting is scheduled to award the bid.

After the contractor has been awarded the bid, the city should have a more viable timeline for the start and finish of this project.