Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Wellhead protection plan, Veterans Monument get council attention

A Wellhead Protection Plan public hearing drew little public comment at last week’s West Concord City Council session.

Wellhead Protection Plans are required by the state, City Engineer Joe Palen said, and are designed to protect public health. The first phase of the plan was completed in February of 2015, he said, and the second phase was now ready for council approval.

Part 2 involved an inventory of potential contamination sources located in the wellhead protection area that could potentially impact the quality of the water it the aquifer, he said. It also established management strategies to mitigate the risk of contamination during the 10-year lifespan of the plan.

Those management strategies, he said, mainly involve educating well owners of the importance of keeping their properties up to code and if sites are found out of compliance with state codes reporting them to the appropriate state agency.

Following last week’s hearing and plan approval by the council the plan is submitted to the Minnesota Department of Health for final review and approval, a process that will take 90 days.

Following final approval the city has 60 days to begin implementation of the plan.

After discussing plans for a Veterans Memorial at Veterans Park with local Boy Scout John Zeller and resident Carol Walker, the council said Walker could go ahead with the installation of a veterans monument at the location without waiting for work to begin on the memorial that Zeller is doing for his Eagle Scout project.

Zeller, who had hoped to have his project completed by Sept. 11, 2016 said prices have come in higher than he planned and that date will not be met. The project needs to be finished by June 2017 for Zeller to obtain his Eagle Scout rank.

Zeller’s complete project will include flags and memorials to military personnel, police, fire and first responders.

Walker said the memorial she wishes to install is finished and ready to be placed in the park.

City Council members decided that the city will go ahead and remove two trees to make room for the project and that they will

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