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EGF council talks sewer, bike share and roadwork

East Grand Forks City Hall, Brandi Jewett/ Grand Forks Herald

The city of East Grand Forks will be cleaning its southeast sanitary sewers this year, west of Bygland Road.

The East Grand Forks City Council voted in 2011 to clean a fifth of its sanitary sewer system each year on an ongoing basis, according to Public Works Director Jason Stordahl. On Tuesday night, Stordahl asked the council in work session for permission not only to clean but to televise the process.

This would be the Public Works department’s first time televising since the late ’90s, according to Stordahl, after the 1997 flood.

East Grand Forks will pay for this project using its Sewage Enterprise fund. According to a bid from Johnson Jet-Line Inc., the project will cost about $126,000.

Stordahl told council members Johnson Jet-Line is offering a panoramic view of the city’s clean lines.

“It’s pretty nice to get a 360 degree view of everything,” Stordahl said.

In other news

  • City Administrator David Murphy said the council will consider a proposal from a bike share company at its next work session meeting in about two weeks. The Grand Forks City Council preliminarily agreed to pay Boston-based company Zagster $12,000 to launch a bike-sharing system in the area by July, followed by $20,000 over the following two years. The whole project will cost between $110,000 to $135,000 per year, according to Zagster’s estimates.

  • Murphy said the council will also consider updates to its special assessment policy, so the city can special assess some of its much-needed reconstruction costs. Murphy pointed out none of these special assessments will cover new construction, just the cost of repairs on existing roads that have sustained serious wear and tear.

Emily Allen

Allen joined the Grand Forks Herald to cover local government and politics May 2018. Call her at 701-780-1102, email her at eallen@gfherald.com or follow her on Twitter, @Emily_theHerald.

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