Concerns about stagnant water in the Freistatt system prompted village board members to endorse an aggressive flushing campaign at their August meeting.
Mayor Mike Ortwein reported the extreme extended heat in recent weeks had warmed the water in the village's standpipe. Customers were getting warm water much of the time from the tap. Since heat is believed to stimulate the growth of bacteria, the twice-a-month flushing of the system was examined to find a better approach.
Ortwein said water operator Charles Stearns has been asked to flush the system weekly. Stearns said he drained two-thirds of the standpipe, or about 70,000 gallons, in the process of flushing from both ends of town. A special test was also run on the water to see if bacteria counts had spiked.
Trustees considered letting customers use an unlimited amount of water at the base rate for a week or two to further circulate the system. Stearns said he felt the quick, large flush was more effective than a gradual drain by residents. Trustees ultimately agreed with Stearns' position.
"I think the water is all good," Steams said. "We're just being proactive. Drinking water we want to be safe first and foremost."
Trustees reviewed a letter from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) offering grant money to develop protection measures against pollution getting into the drinking system. Trustee Elmer Conway voiced his concern the offer was a step toward chlorination.
Stearns felt Freistatt's system was more vulnerable to pollution from shallow abandoned wells in the area. The deep water wells used by the city would be immune to general water run-off problems. Trustees decided not pursue any state support.
"The Freistatt system overall is in good shape. We can be proud of that," Stearns said.
Board members were pleased to report roadway repairs were finished on Second Street. Asphalt was placed over a utility cut, but no one knew who had done the work.
The Freistatt Special Road District is paid annually to tend to street maintenance in town, trustees said. Ortwein said a road district commissioner told him repairs on rural roads had depleted the district's funds, leaving none left to tend to the Fifth Street extension. Ortwein planned to get quotes from Blevins Asphalt and Hutchens Construction for several jobs around town that could be finished before fall.
Village Clerk Deborah Schoen reported Marshal Kevin Davis had been busy making security arrangements for the Ernte Fest. Action on property maintenance issues had been delayed. Board members directed Davis to discuss the village's dog ordinance with one resident whose loose dog was causing problems with others in the neighborhood.
Water customers have continued responding well to the village reading meters instead of customers. Only two late fees were charged for the month, Schoen said. Two new security deposits were collected from renters, sustaining the customer base.
The annual property tax levy hearing was held Aug. 18. Valuation numbers were received too late to get them published for the monthly board meeting, Schoen said.
Stearns reported no irrigation had been needed at the wastewater lagoon during July.
The village board's next meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Sept. 9 in the community building.