Afton: Infrastructure study to take different routeThe Afton City Council has acknowledged its mistake in putting out a request for proposals for an infrastructure study and decided during its Oct. 20 meeting to take a different approach
By: Amber Kispert-Smith, Woodbury Bulletin
The Afton City Council has acknowledged its mistake in putting out a request for proposals for an infrastructure study and decided during its Oct. 20 meeting to take a different approach
“I think we should take a different course of action,” said city administrator Jim Norman.
The request for proposals state the reason to move forward with the study is to determine whether or not it would be feasible to develop a municipal wastewater service since on-site systems may not provide the high-degree treatment required to ensure that the groundwater and surface water are no adversely impacted.
The scope of the services that the engineers would have to perform in the study include data gathering, developing design criteria, permitting, collection system and wastewater treatment alternative evaluations, develop recommendations and implementation schedule, develop a financial plan, and prepare a final report.
During the process, the city engineer, Diane Hankee, expressed some disappointment in the city advertising for engineering firms when she and her firm, WSB & Associates, were capable of performing the same task.
During the Oct. 20 meeting, the city council directed staff and the city engineer to look into finding grant opportunities for the study.