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Morrison City Council approves engineering agreement for water main project

Design phase will begin and take the rest of the year

MORRISON – An agreement now is in place for the city to move forward on a water main replacement project.

The City Council approved entering into an engineering agreement at Monday’s meeting, City Administrator Barry Dykhuizen said.

“The city approved to engage Willett, Hofmann & Associates for Phase I of the Main Street water main project,” Dykhuizen said. “We also will be addressing creating a loop into the system on the west side of town.”

Engineers will spend the rest of this year on the design phase of the project and Dykhuizen hopes to be able to put the project out for bid early next year.

It is hoped work then can begin in the 2020 construction season.

Extensive engineering preparation work is necessary because of the scope of the Main Street revitalization project, which is estimated to cost around $1.9 million and include road reconstruction, water main, storm water drainage, curb and gutter, and sidewalk work.

Also at the meeting, Dykhuizen presented an initial budget discussion for council members to begin the process of drafting city’s the FY2019-20 budget.

“It was an overview of where we’re at with the current fund balances as we wind down the year,” he said.

“Also, I identified some of the capital projects on the schedule for the next year.”

The city’s fiscal year ends April 30.

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