Dickinson Co. Supervisors Vote To Participate Financially In Sewer Project

Tue 5-14-2019

(Spirit Lake)-- The Dickinson County Board of Supervisors were updated Tuesday on plans to extend sanitary sewer service to the south side of Center Lake. Steve Anderson, Superintendent of the Iowa Great Lakes Sanitary District, told the supervisors the project will be done in two phases. He says the first one is intended to bring additional capacity to an existing sewer that's needed to make the second phase of the project possible...Sewer Project01 

"Phase one of that is to get the gravity, or the force main sewer system relocated from Hayward's Bay, and part of that while we're in there is we're looking at the gravity sewer system. The trustees of the Sanitary District and the supervisors have been discussing extending the gravity sewer system to the nature center at a cost of about $1.1 million and so, knowing that there's been some issues with the lift station that the county owns that hooks up to the Nature Center and the long term costs and maintenance and possible replacement of that, we looked at putting a gravity sewer system in and the trustees were actually looking to the county to see if they wanted to participate in the project while we were working out there."

The supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to do that, to the tune of approximately $350,000, with payments spread out over the next 10 years or so. Anderson says plans call for a bidletting to be held in late July with construction beginning in early September of this year. He says that will then make it possible for the second phase, which will then get sanitary sewer service to the south side of Center Lake...Sewer Project02 

"The second phase we'll be looking at adding gravity sewer into the area of 165th Street, putting in a new lift station going down to those houses on the south end of Center Lake. The hopes are that if the trustees want to move forward with it that after this project, phase one is bid out, then we'll start the engineering for phase two."

Anderson says construction on that phase of the project likely wouldn't get started until some time in 2021.

The project of getting sanitary sewer service to the south side of Center Lake has been growing in importance recently as a number of private septic systems there are said to be failing.