CONCERNING THE CITY OF LOYALTON WATER LEAK, local rancher Einen Grandi extended an offer of help with his four wells surrounding the City in an emergency situation. The City has been turned down for a grant to cover repair of the major water leak, as reported at the August 16th Council meeting. The less desirable Option 2 will replace 300-feet of 10” line. City consultant Farr West has been out to survey and plans to abandon the leaking pipe. A problem has been attempts to find the valve under poison Hemlock. There was talk of spraying with a herbicide or contacting the Resource Conservation District and help with equipment by CTL. The hope is to start digging late August or first of September and Mayor Jackson admitted it’s taken “longer than we wanted.” Assistant Fire Chief Robert DeMartini was concerned with down time for water and was told it would be very little to none while laying new pipe. “Good plans always go to hell in a heartbeat,” said Robert.
Robert wanted to be told if the water tank was low. The tank was said to be at 14-feet that day. Robert questioned if they were still "losing gobs of water." Mayor Jackson repeated that they were. Council Member Jerry Gerow stated that the pumps should be keeping the tanks between 17 1/2 and 18 feet of water and they have gotten well 3, the hospital well, working now.
Robert reported there have been 152 fire calls since January 1st, stating they "weren't stopping."
The Council approved use of the grass at the Little League fields for the 100 TK-8th grade soccer players along with use of the restrooms. It was approved with a request they lock the restrooms at night when leaving due to vandalism.
Einen Grandi approached the Council over receiving sewer water and having no access when he needs it. In the past City pumps worked automatically but the system no longer works. He told of cooperation with City workers and proposed access to the gate and one building to operate the pumps at no cost to the city and he would notify workers every time he went in. Councilman Jerry Gerow wanted to “give him whatever the hell he wants.” Einen thought the agreement stated a 50/50 split on electricity and said he should get billed for a 15 hp pump for one day a week. Joy Markum moved and Gerow seconded and it was approved with notification with City workers. On another note, Einen noted it was good the pH is not down but it’s better and was always above 10. He explained high pH ties nutrients up and plants can’t pull nutrients. He stated his crop this year was better and a crop consultant commended it.