Council takes next step for new reservoir

by Emmitt B. Feldner of The Review staff

PLYMOUTH – The City Council took more steps Tuesday toward the planned construction of a new water reservoir for the city.

The council approved a contract with Kapur and Associates to provide preliminary engineering for the 800,000-gallon tank reservoir.

Director of Public Works/City Engineer Bill Immich told the council that the engineering work is needed to keep the project moving forward on schedule. Construction of the tank is part of the city’s 2014 capital projects list.

The city has two existing water reservoirs, built in 1901 and 1941. An engineer- ing report on the city’s water system in 2008 recommended construction of a third tank to meet growing demand.

The new tank is planned for a location adjacent to the two existing tanks on the city’s west side, which the study would be the most efficient location.

The additional tank would enable the city to maintain a favorable ISO fire protection rating, reducing the cost of home insurance in the city.

Immich explained that the city will not be building a water tower. The new reservoir will be similar to the existing reservoirs, he said, a concrete tank buried in the ground and sticking out above the ground about 10 to 12 feet.

In a closed session, the council continued to discuss the planned purchase of property on West Main Street where the tank would be located.

The council also kept the biogas conversion project at the wastewater treatment plant moving forward, approving a contract with Donohue and Associates to develop specifi- cations for the equipment installation design.

Immich told the council that the estimate for the installation is that it will cost more than $25,000, which requires that the project be put out for bid. And design specifications are needed in order to advertise for and solicit bids.

“Donohue has proven their worth (on similar projects) in Sheboygan and Fond du Lac,” Immich stated. “We have to have plans and specifications in order to bid the project.”

The council approved a set of requests from the Plymouth Chamber of Commerce for the annual Mill Street Festival, to be held Saturday, July 12.

The list included closing off Mill Street from North to Caroline streets for the event, along with the use of several city parking lots for stages and activities.

Police Chief Jeff Tauscheck assured the council members that the loss of parking spaces in the city lots would not have a negative impact on parking or traffic flow.

He also noted that Stafford Street will be open from the north and south for emergency vehicles.

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