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April 23, 2014

Mantorville resident to be charged for water line damage

After reviewing city ordinances and a statement from the Dodge County Sheriff’s Department, Mantorville City Council members decided the resident must pay for damage to Neoprene seals in the water main near his building when he attached a lead from a heavy-duty welder to a nearby fire hydrant in an attempt to melt frozen water pipes this past winter.

Council member Henry Blair likened the incident to a car hitting a hydrant, saying, “If a driver hits a hydrant accidentally, it’s still their problem.”

It cost the city $9,250 to fix the main.

The leak also caused sand from under the sidewalk to wash into a basement. The resident will also have to fix this, decided the council.

However, no notice will be sent to the resident about the sidewalk until notices are sent to all residents or business owners whose sidewalks need repair.

The city sidewalk ordinance states, “It is the responsibility of the owner of the property against which any sidewalk abuts to keep and maintain such sidewalk in safe and usable condition.”

The council approved:

- The $404,500 bid from R.A.W. Construction LLC, of Faribault to complete the work on the Seventh St reconstruction project this summer. City Engineer Tim Hruska from WHKS, Inc. said the bid came in about $45,000 lower than expected. It includes installing storm sewer and water mains and.....READ THE COMPLETE STORY BY PURCHASING THE DCI TODAY!

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