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Brownton Council moves forward on priority list application process

The Brownton City Council continued its application process for priority listing for possible state and federal funding — either through grants or low-interest loans — to repair its sanitary sewer system.
The projected cost for the improvements is $2.34 million.
As part of the process, the City Council held a public hearing at its June 3 meeting. Although no one from the public attended, John Rodeberg of the engineering firm of Short Elliott Hendrickson (SEH), Inc., outlined the need to repair or replace most of the city’s sanitary sewer mains.
The majority of the sanitary sewer mains are made of clay and were installed in 1972, said Rodeberg. Along with being porous, the mains have shifted and created offset joints, and been prone to root damage from trees.
“Your inflow and infiltration into the sanitary sewer is sometimes seven times higher than average during a rainfall,” said Rodeberg, as storm water seeps into the sanitary sewer system.

For more from the meeting, see the June 11 print edition of The McLeod County Chronicle.