With the larger bucket on the city’s new payloader, city crews made quick work of clearing the windrow of snow from Main Street.

“Hauling snow and fighting winter is about all we got done this month,” said City Superintendent Tim Jost in his report to the Onida City Council during their regular meeting Monday.

Jost gave an update on the next phase of the water and sewer project to the council. Schmucker, Paul, Nohr and Associates Project Engineer Camden Hofer has determined that pipes going to the sewer lagoon don’t have enough capacity when both pit pumps are pumping.

A fix Hofer suggested could cost as much as $340,000 and is ineligible for grant monies through the DENR, although Rural Development may have a program the city can explore.

“I really don’t know why we didn’t know this beforehand,” stated Council Member LaJena Gruis. “We’ve spent $850,000 on this project.”

The council voiced their approval that Hofer should explore options to mitigate the problem.

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