Six waterline extensions will "set the stage" for future growth at the three Le Mars Highway 75 Bypass interchanges, according to City Administrator Scott Langel.
The city council gave their support to the extensions, which come with a $280,913 price tag and will also provide looped water service to their respective areas, at their March 13 meeting. The extensions will beef up or add city water service to areas in the industrial park, along Keystone Avenue and crossing the Floyd River north of town.
"What we're trying to do is provide looping so water can travel more than one route to the same location," Langel said.
On the southwest edge of Le Mars, one extension will follow county road C-38 to the bypass or railroad crossing, then a second will follow C-38 from the bypass to Keystone Avenue, which it will follow up to connect with the Sadona Hills development.
"This has two benefits," Langel said. "We'll furnish water to Sadona Hills by two routes, but it also furnishes two routes of water to the Wells' Dairy center and also two routes feeding water into the south interchange for business growth."
A third extension will start on Business Highway 75 north by the former Wal-Mart building and cross the Floyd River north of town.
"That will set the stage to serve water to the north interchange," Langel said.
From there, another extension will run cross country to the Parkview Terrace mobile home park west of the river.
"For quite a few years, Parkview has been served by one pipeline," Langel said. "This addition will also add a second route for water at the middle interchange."
Two more extensions will serve the Le Mars and Killeas industrial park areas, running first along Industrial Road south to 18th Street, then from 18th Street to 21st Street.
Langel said the waterline extensions had been on the work order schedule for some time, but were pushed back.
"We just decided it was high time with the bypass opening up to get the interchanges set up for future growth," he said.
The city, Langel added, is responsible for much of the project work and for supplies with the Vander Pol Construction, Orange City, successful bidder for the projects. Individual projects and costs are: Keystone, $33,000; C-38:, $37,002; Highway 75/River: $37,094; Industrial Road -18th Street,$56,328; 21st - 18th Street, $41,684; and Parkview, $75,310.
Expenses, he said, will eventually be reimbursed by TIF revenue form the Joint Urban Renewal area, a TIF district surrounding the western and southern edges of Le Mars, shared by the city and Plymouth County.