Bitter cold caused unusual increase in city water leaks in Marion

A combination of bitter cold this winter, driving the frost line 17 inches below ground, and hot dry weather last summer, depleting subsoil moisture, is shifting ground to increase the number of city water line leaks in Marion.

Marty Fredrickson, street superintendent, told Marion city commissioners Tuesday, Jan. 2, at their regular meeting postponed for the New Year holiday, that there were 14 water leaks in 2000 compared to zero in 1999.

Fredrickson said repairs over the holidays were delayed because of weather conditions and excavating through frost.

The most recent leaks he reported were a split in a four-inch main Dec. 21 in the 200 block of North Coble, a service saddle that rotted off on a six-inch plastic main Dec. 31 in the 400 block of North Freeborn, and a split in a four-inch main Jan. 1 in the 200 block of North Freeborn.

Fredrickson also reported disposal of 112 tons of trash for the city to KC Development for December and 1,418 tons disposal for the year.

Harvey Sanders, utilities superintendent, said the new 12,500-volt electrical loop will be more than half done before hot weather arrives again. He said an effort will be made to ensure that larger users, such as the county courthouse and the grain elevator, are done before hot weather for more cost-effective electrical use.

Dennis Nichols, city administrator, said the city is awaiting further plans from the architect for developing the spring in the park. He expected concrete pouring in the next phase of development when warmer weather arrives.

Nichols said the city has received a certificate from the 2000 Census for improved participation by the city of Marion, and he hopes this will reflect in an official population gain for the city.

Commissioners Larry Reiswig and Jim Crofoot approved license renewals in electrical for Robert W. McDowell and Kevin Hoffer. They approved a Class A Club license for VFW Post #6958.

Warrants in the amount of $8,741.48 and payroll in the amount of $19,174.88 were approved.

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