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Prairie City News

MSA project updates presented to council

MSA Engineer Andrew Inhelder answers questions about the firm's work for the city during the council's workshop March 6.
MSA Engineer Andrew Inhelder answers questions about the firm's work for the city during the council's workshop March 6.

A project update on Prairie City from MSA Professionals was given to the city council during its second workshop meeting March 6. The council reviewed the water distribution system study, GPS/GIS mapping project and strategic plan formation along with looking toward the future at a capital improvement plan during the meeting.

For the water distribution system study, MSA has started to develop the model and a report on the system. MSA has worked with city staff to collect the system to start the study, collected GPS information on the water main distribution system and started a model of the city’s water system.

It is coming to work on the calibration of the city’s water system and coordinate the city staff to install digital hydrant pressure recorders to be used to calibrate the water model.

“We are watching for warmer weather as we need a 48 hour period of above freezing temperatures to collect this data,” engineer Andrew Inhelder said.

The next steps for the study are to identify problem areas along with potential solutions, create a report summarizing the findings of the study, present the draft report to city staff and then finalize the report and present it to city council.

The GPS/GIS mapping is currently underway with a portion of the work still to be completed upon more favorable weather. To continue the process, MSA will collect GPS location information on infrastructure as city staff flags curb stops in sections of the city and collects information that will be used to create a GIS database of infrastructure in the city. After all collections are complete, a database will be created and MSA will work with the city to create custom online mapping solutions.

“We have basically collected the water system and in the spring the sanitary and storm sewer, as well, basically everything that is out there today,” Inhelder said. “Then we’ll have to continue moving forward with that collection.”

The strategic plan has been completed for the city. Through a community-wide survey and workshops with the public and council, a draft plan was presented to the council for review and comment. After gathering the input, a final plan was presented for the city to use moving forward.

The next step for the city will be to develop a capital improvement plan, a process city administrator Joe Bartello felt the council should wait on until the other projects are completed.

“After some discussion, we feel we should complete our other projects before making a decision on the next step on a capital improvement plan,” Bartello said.

As the water distribution system study and GPS/GIS mapping project are completed, MSA will update the city on the findings from each step.

Contact Jamee A. Pierson at 641-792-3121 ext. 6534 or jpierson@newtondailynews.com

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