by Doug Hanson
The City of Lafayette has been taking several steps to address issues in the city. A project to reduce the chlorine at the waste water treatment plant has been in process since the first of the year. On September 12, Utility and Maintenance Superintendent Al Fox introduced the MPCA Small Communities Planning Grant. This grant would help the City identify all the piping underground and the condition of the pipes. The Sanitary Sewer mains were be cleaned and then the mains and service laterals would be televised. This is a 10 percent matching grant by the City and Fox was hoping for a grant of $85,000 to $100,000. With this grant the City would do an inventory of all the pipes in the waster water system. He stated that there were 225 services line in Lafayette. It would be possible to also check on the type and condition of the piping coming from residential homes and commercial property. The Council approved moving ahead with the grant writing for this project, which has an deadline of October 18th to submit.
For the entire story, check out the September 21 issue of the Winthrop News.