Ham Lake council declares Infinite Hydrologic Solutions contract null and void

The Ham Lake City Council has voided a service contract with Infinite Hydrologic Solutions, Inc.

Unanimous approval to declare the Dec. 6, 2011 contract null and void came at the council’s Nov. 19 meeting. The council also directed RFC Engineering, Inc., the city’s engineering firm, to complete the preparation of the final report.

“We need to move forward,” said Mayor Mike Van Kirk.

In December 2011, the council approved entering into a service contract with Mike Jungbauer of Infinite Hydrologic Solutions, Inc. to prepare an analysis of the community assessment report in the Hiawatha Beach/Comfort Resort area of the city.

As part of the contract, an analysis of setback and zoning issues, grant information and preparation of a concept site plan was to be completed and turned into the city by March 15.

According to a staff report by City Administrator Doris Nivala, Jungbauer sent reports in April and June which were not complete.

City Engineer Tom Collins also sent emails requesting additional information.

Jungbauer met with the Hiawatha Beach Sewer Committee in July in an effort to get the report completed so that planning could proceed, however Nivala said a final plan was never submitted.

“It seems he’s (Jungbauer) had ample opportunity to give us feedback,” said Councilmember Tom Johnson.

“We need to move on,” said Councilmember Julie Braastad. “These people are waiting.”

As part of the contract, the city paid a required up-front fee of $1,500. The total contract cost was $5,000.

According to Nivala, the city has been holding an invoice in the amount of $3,000 since May.

Collins estimates that RFC Engineering, Inc. can complete the concept site plan for sewer and water systems for the area for between $5,000 and $7,000. Once the concept site plan in done, the city can proceed with the public meeting for residents in the area.

Moving forward RFC Engineering will complete the lot evaluation and comparison between the Ellingson CAR study that identified 54 lots that could be compliant and Infinite Hydrologic Solutions’ preliminary report that identified 77 lots that needed new septic systems and 100 lots that were to be hooked up to a community water supply.

The firm will then identify which lots are compliant, which only need wells capped, which need new individual wells, which need to be hooked up to the shared well, which need a new septic system and which need a combination of the above.

A lot-by-lot analysis of individual lot costs will be done.

After this has been completed, a report will be posted to the project website and lot owners within the study area will be notified about how to access the report.

A public information meeting will take place and based on the outcome, it will be determined how to proceed. Funding options for state grants and loans will be reviewed and a complete field survey of all the lots will be done and submitted to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for consideration of an overlay district.

Kelly Johnson is at [email protected]