By Jennifer Eisenbart

Staff writer

The city’s use of its new radium removal equipment will be delayed until after the start of the new year.

According to Department of Public Works Director Connie Wilson, a pump failed at City Well No. 10, and repairs need to be completed before the equipment is put to work.

Mayor Bob Miller said the repairs were both unscheduled and unbudgeted, but didn’t yet have an estimate for the cost of the project.

Well No. 10 is on Karyl Street in the Falcon Ridge subdivision. A second radium filter system has been placed at Well No. 9 on Weiler Road near the Bay Ridge subdivision.


Other matters

In other news at last Tuesday night’s City Council meeting:

• The council approved a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the construction of a building that would attract companies that are expanding or relocating and need Class A space.

The goal in developing the RFP is to encourage developers to construct a building in the Burlington Manufacturing and Office Park. The building would be 100,000 square feet on a seven-acre site.

The city plans to offer financial assistance for the project if needed.

City Administrator Kevin Lahner said companies are expanding, but they often do not want to build. The idea with this project would be to have the Class A industrial building available for businesses that don’t want the burden of their own building.

“If you build it, they will come,” said Alderman Tom Vos, adding that the city pursuing developers for the parcel was a step in the right direction in drawing new business to town.

• The city also heard the first read-through of a resolution in increase the city’s reservation fees for parks.

The proposed increase would be to $50 for city residents and $100 for non-residents. The $100 security deposit would remain the same.

Previously, the city charged $35 for residents and $75 for non-residents.