by Paul Rignell
For the Union
Oak Grove council members voted Sept. 24 to award two projects that will bring the West Lake George water filtration project close to completion. “We’re in the final leg of the whole process,” City Administrator Rick Juba said.
The process to filter water from the municipal well for the Oaks of Lake George senior living campus and five adjacent single-family homes (with empty lots open for 11 more homes) began two years ago when the well water was found to contain slightly more arsenic than a new allowable standard set by the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA tightened its regulation on arsenic from 50 down to 10 parts per billion, Juba said.
Council voted 4-0 to award electrical wiring work for the water filtration installation at a low quote of $8,919 from 3-Way Electric of Anoka. A full council was present, but Mike Wylie abstained from the vote upon noting that he knew people connected with 3-Way Electric and with a second competing firm.
Wylie joined his colleagues in voting 5-0 to award the job of control system integration to Total Control Systems of Stanchfield for a low quote of $15,487.