Wellhead protection plan advances in Wyoming

Second-phase work approved

 

Alice Pickering
Wyoming Reporter

The city of Wyoming is set to begin the second phase of its wellhead protection plan. This is a Minnesota Department of Health requirement, but will be a tool for the city as well.

The protection plan is designed to protect the city’s water supply at its sources, and also it will develop goals and objectives for future water and land use.

The first phase of the protection plan was completed at the end of 2012. It was primarily technical and dealt with the sources of water for the city, how much is available and how vulnerable it is to surface contamination. It also addressed the sustainability of the supply, trends in demand, potential quality issues and risk mitigation measures. The aquifer supplying the greater Wyoming area has low vulnerability to contaminants.

Engineer Mark Erichson outlined the scope of the second phase at the March 4 council meeting. It will deal with land use, creating an inventory of potential contamination sites, surface water and an evaluation of the quantity and quality of the available water supplies. Data collection, analysis and maps meeting state requirements will be included.

The council authorized WSB & Associates Inc. to begin the work on the second phase. The project cost is not to exceed $16,000.

Administrative assistant

The council approved the hiring of Diane Krinkie to the position of administrative assistant. Chosen from a pool of 302 applicants, Krinkie has extensive experience as an administrative assistant.

She will be working at the city’s front desk but also has writing experience and the skills to work on special projects. Krinkie will be the fifth employee at the city’s offices. The position had been staffed by a paid intern. The city budgeted for the addition of the full-time position.

City Administrator Craig Mattson recommended Krinkie’s hourly wage to be $24.19 an hour. Approval was by a vote of 4-1. Council Member Linda Yeager voted no and advocated a lower wage.

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