Cambridge looks to purchase land for future well development

The city of Cambridge is planning on purchasing a small property for the development of a future well.

The city of Cambridge is purchasing .64 acres for development of a future well contingent upon a water quality review. The site is part of a 38-acre parcel that abuts Balsam/Third/Xylite/337th Ave. NE.
The city of Cambridge is purchasing .64 acres for development of a future well contingent upon a water quality review. The site is part of a 38-acre parcel that abuts Balsam/Third/Xylite/337th Ave. NE.

During the council meeting Monday, Aug. 20, City Administrator Lynda Woulfe explained she has been negotiating with Benk, Inc. for the purchase of .64 acres for well site number 9. The site is part of a 38-acre parcel that abuts Balsam/Third/Xylite/337th Ave. NE.

The price for the parcel is $55,000 and the city will also need to pay for surveying, preparation of legal description and closing costs. The purchase agreement was drafted by City Attorney Jay Squires.

Following discussion, the council approved the purchase agreement as recommended, authorized the city attorney to make any necessary minor changes to the purchase agreement if required, and authorized staff to engage a surveyor to prepare a survey and legal description of the parcel to be purchased.

Woulfe explained the purchase agreement does contain a contingency that if the property doesn’t meet water quality requirements, the city will not purchase it.

However, she said the property has a direct line with well numbers 6 and 7 that have produced excellent water quality.

Monitoring Well

Utilities Director Todd Schwab explained before well number 8 is designed, there is a need to obtain more information on the water quality, the potential interference with the adjacent existing wells and the subsurface conditions at the well site.

To do this, a monitoring well is typically installed prior to the production well construction. This helps ensure that a production well will be successful in this same location.

The council approved the low bid of $23,260 from Traut Wells to construct a monitoring well.

The council also authorized Schwab to approach Traut Wells about doing another test drill for the .64 acre property along Balsam/Third/Xylite/337th Ave. NE. at a cost not to exceed $23,260.

Woulfe mentioned both of the expenditures are budgeted items.

City Center Mall Improvements

City Planner Marcia Westover explained the need for exterior signage to better identify the City Center Mall itself and to direct residents to the mall entrances.

She explained the work includes adding 8-inch letters to read “Mall Entrance” above the smaller side door entrance, beneath the Police Station sign. The Police Station sign is brushed aluminum, and the proposed Mall Entrance sign will be placed directly below the Police Sign and therefore should also be brushed aluminum to be consistent.

The proposal also includes adding 18-inch letters to read “City Center Mall” above the main entrance to the mall. As there is no other signage in this area, these letters are proposed to be plastic. A darker color plastic letter will be more legible, better identify, and direct residents to the main entrance of the mall.

In addition, a vinyl number “140” is proposed to be installed as a window sign on the main entrance door to identify the address of the building. This is for identification of the building and a building code requirement.

Following discussion, the council approved the bid proposal from “Boo” Doo Signs out of Princeton to make and instal 18-inch brushed aluminum Mall Entrance letters, 18-inch plastic City Center Mall letters, and a set of two vinyl “140” address numbers for a total amount of $1,641.

Westover discussed the need for new automatic door buttons for the main entrance doors into the mall. She mentioned staff has received complaints from disabled residents in wheelchairs regarding their struggle to access the mall.

The council approved the proposal from Star Quality Glass in the amount of $4,926 install automatic door buttons for the main entrance door.

Westover explained on Aug. 6, City Council reviewed and approved the proposal for the door replacement for the Army Recruiters in the amount of $2,717.

Upon further review of the use of the Army Recruiters, Westover said the hardware is in need of a change from the original bid.

She explained the Army Recruiters tend to leave during the day and lock their door. The door hardware on the original bid included a double lock system where the door cannot be opened from the inside. Westover said if someone were to leave and lock the door and another person was left in the space they would be locked in.

She said a business that stays open all day and locks at the end of their business day can use the double lock hardware. The Army Recruiters filter a lot of people in and out, and they come and go during the day and are in need of the panic hardware.

Following discussion, the council approved a bid of $235 from Star Quality Glass to replace the Army Recruiters door with the panic hardware.