Paperwork Slows City’s Search For New Water Well

Meeting Monday night, the Elgin City Council again focused their attention on finding a new water well.
Back in May one test well site, located in the northeast section of town was determined not to be a suitable site for a new well due to high arsenic levels. Since that time, a search has been underway to find a new location for a test well to be drilled.
City Engineer John Zwingman informed city officials prior to the meeting that the necessary paperwork had been submitted to the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality for a study which would aid the community in its search for a new water well. Mayor Mike Schmitt said once all the paperwork is completed, work will begin on mapping all wells within a two-mile radius of Elgin so tests can be done to, hopefully, find a source of good water to tap into.
So, until the paperwork arrives, the project is on hold.
The council meeting lasted just short of an hour. However, before the meeting adjourned, several other items were addressed. They were:
• Annexation — Ben Meis, representing Meis & Sons LLC, updated the council on efforts to have the Sterling Heights area on the southwest edge of Elgin annexed into the city. He said his lawyer has been in contact with City Attorney Fritz Bartell to finalize the steps necessary to have ordinances submitted for the Council’s consideration. He said he hoped the paperwork would be to City Hall by the end of this week.
Schmitt said he would be willing to hold a special council meeting, presumably later this month, to act upon the proposed annexation ordinances.

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