City agrees to bond deal with Water Board

The city of Stillwater and the Water Board agreed Tuesday to get the lead out — of city water meters.

The Stillwater City Council agreed to a $1.45 million shared bond with the Water Board and the cities of South St. Paul and Cottage Grove to help for an imminent water meter change-out required by law in 2014 to get rid of lead parts in the meters.

The Water Board sought the bond after going through the recommended processes and deciding to take advantage of a 1.85 percent interest rate.

The city’s current water meters have been used for 20 years. The updated meters will improve accuracy and last about 25 years.

The meter switch-out is expected to begin June 15. Residents will be informed of the work two weeks before water meters are changed in their homes.

In other action Tuesday:

  • The council looked at three proposals for the South Lowell Park bathroom. The new bathroom would be connected to the old pump house. Larson Architects staff said they hope to create buildings with the least impact visually but also tie in to downtown’s historic feel without doing a disservice to historic buildings. The council chose two plans and costs will be brought back before the council regarding those plans at a later date. l Discussed a little more about what the job description could be for the events coordinator the city is considering hiring.
  • Learned that the downtown historic podcasts are ready to be launched. The podcasts will provide those on a walking tour downtown with historical background about the sites. The first round will be done in July or August. The city has also been given a $9,000 grant for a second round of podcasts that will focus on historical homes.
  • Police Chief John Gannaway swore in new police officer Brent Campbell.
  • Approved the final plat in the Settler’s Glen development
  •  Discussed raising the cost to park in downtown Stillwater to $5 a day in 2014. Other options about parking stickers or monthly passes for residents and business owners were also discussed.