November 29, 2023, Working Session Meeting Minutes

Working Session Meeting of the Mazeppa City Council

Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, November 29, 2023

The Mazeppa City Council Working Session was called to order at 6:00 PM by Mayor Chris Hagfors.

The Pledge of Allegiance was said.

Present: Mayor Chris Hagfors. Council Persons Steve Liffrig, Erica Young, Michael Hammes, and Dustin Wiebusch.

Others Present: City Engineer Matt Mohs, Project Engineers Roberta Cronquist and Brady Nahkala, and Administrator Clerk Karl Nahrgang.

Motion by Wiebusch, second by Hammes to approve the agenda. All in favor, none opposed. Carried.

The purpose of this working session is to present the findings of the Flood Risk Reduction Study.

Overview: The study looked at several known problem areas in the community that have water retention issues during spring melt and during heavy rainfall. Three watershed areas were focused upon, and potential options were discussed.

The 2nd Ave. NE to 6th Ave. NE watershed. A small area near 4th Ave. NE and Chestnut St. is the problem in this watershed. Several options were discussed to dissipate and direct runoff in the area from Valley Heights Drive to Chestnut Street before it reaches 6th Ave. NE. Strategies to streamline the flow from 6th Ave. NE to 2nd Ave. NE were also presented. This was the priority area due to past issues and because of the expected growth along 5th Ave. NE and needed extension of 5th Ave. to accommodate that growth will reduce permeable surface and runoff will move into the watershed more rapidly. Remedies were categorized by short term and longer term implementation.

2nd Ave. SE storm drain. The study addressed the current percolation storm drain and feasibility of accessing the storm culvert in the 3rd Ave. SE subdivision to move this runoff to the river.

Oak St. watershed. As development of that area of the community happens, the waterway to the north of Oak St. will need to be made to accommodate larger volumes of runoff. Currently, it functions adequately.

A report of the most feasible ideas in the report will be put together in a drainage plan to have readily available to apply for future grant funding that may deal with flooding and storm runoff.

Highway 60 Connecting Trail:

City Engineer Matt Mohs and City Administrator put in a letter of intent to apply for an Active Transportation Grant to be eligible for this grant funding.

WWTP and sewer collection project:

An additional area was included in the archaeological survey at the alternate site for the WWTP. A water component will be added in the 3rd Ave. NE area of the sewer collection system replacement. If the street is open for sewer repair, it would be a short distance to complete a loop the water service to build in more reliability for the area of the community that lies north of Chestnut St.

Motion by Young, second by Liffrig to adjourn the Council working session. All in favor, none opposed. Carried.

Meeting adjourned at 7:55 PM.

Next meeting, December 13, 2023 at 6:00 PM.