March 5, 2009

City asks for federal funds

The full extent of joys and letdowns has yet to be seen, but the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has been passed by Congress – and the Hazen City Commission is hopeful it will help them purchase and install new water meters.

In a meeting of the commission Monday evening, the commission approved a letter requesting placement on the Drinking Water Project Priority List and $215,000 from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund for installation of new water meters that will replace outdated meters throughout Hazen.

The $315,000 project is set to begin with installation June 15, with completion targeted for Aug. 31. The city has $135,000 budgeted to help offset costs. After April 1, the estimated project cost increases by 5 percent.

In a letter to Jeff Hauge of the North Dakota Department of Environmental Health, City Auditor Sandy Bohrer wrote, "We are environmentally concerned about the high amount of unaccountable water that is a waste of a natural resource. Approximately 78-80 percent of the city’s water meters are over 25 years old, at which they have passed

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