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Durham gets good news about leak

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Durham City Council received good news Aug. 3, from Verlin Sommerfeld, water supervisor.

The city water system has been plagued with large water losses for some time, but no major leak could be found. In the past month, several leaks were found and repaired and water loss is now at an all-time low. Sommerfeld reported 360,000 gallons pumped and 357, 950 gallons sold for a loss of .63 percent. Sommerfeld also reported he had replaced two faulty meters.

The council discussed the possibility of raising water rates; they have not been increased since 2007. The issue was tabled until the next meeting with council agreeing to find out the amounts other towns in the area are charging.

In other business:

  • Joyce Medley, city clerk, said a resident had talked to her about putting rock in the alley behind his home, because the trash truck was having trouble getting through. Council decided to spread rock in that location.
  • Gary Unruh brought up a leaky hydrant by the former bank building. Mayor Mike Sorenson reported Vince Jantz would be contacting him regarding installation of a feature for water drainage.
  • Council discussed a proposed bathroom for the community building. Council decided at the July meeting to pay one-third of the cost, not to exceed $1,200. Medley reported a similar amount had been pledged from a community fund. Bids are being solicited.
  • Among bills approved for payment were $30 for burn site maintenance, $13.50 for repair of the restroom at the city park, and $228 for rock.

Last modified Aug. 26, 2010

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