The Jefferson City Council got a lesson in water filtration at its regular meeting Tuesday, Sept. 7.

Dane Yde of Sioux Valley Environmental and Deter Proehl of DW Proehl Construction, Inc. were at the meeting to explain the proposed work at the city’s water filtration plant. According to Yde, the green sand used to filter the water is about 16 years past its expected 20-year life span. It has been added to, but never replaced, since 1985. It no longer filters the water as intended. Poehl said the air grid system used to backwash the green sand needs to be replaced, and it is most cost effective to complete both projects at the same time. Proehl proposes to add new nozzles and enlarge the manhole cover to allow for safer access.

The estimate presented to the city in August was $67,700 but that has gone up $2,000. The council voted to approve the purchase to lock in the price. The work will be done after the first of the year, when water usage is lowest.

Duane Tielke appeared before the council to talk about the work he’s completed on his rental property at 113 N. Main Street. City Inspector Gary Roan has gone through the house and determined the repairs needed to remove the red tag have been completed and the house is safe for occupation.

Because of repeated vandalism at the old high school, the council requested bids for fencing the property. After an executive session, the council voted to accept the $5,825 bid from Cardis Fence and Iron Company.

The council held second reading to the 2022 budget ordinance, with the only change a $2,000 line item added for economic development, should citizens be interested in forming a chamber. The budget shows total General Government expenses at $472,565, up from $427,090 in 2021.

Jessica Keegan, Kim Nelson and Meghan Rozell spoke to the council about the swimming pool bath house fundraiser in Elk Point. They said families from Jefferson bring their children to the pool, and they would like the city to contribute to the bath house construction. The City of Elk Point is funding the $1.5 million for the pool, but the bath house will be built using mostly volunteer labor; materials will cost $500,000. Council member Gary Schaeffer thought Jefferson Fire and Rescue might be able to host a pancake breakfast fundraiser. The council agreed a donation would be appropriate, but will decide on the amount at a later meeting.

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