The Le Mars City Council is taking initial steps toward extending city water service to the north interchange of the Highway 75 Bypass.
This week, the council approved a public hearing at noon Sept. 4 at the city hall for anyone wanting to comment on the plans, contract and the estimated $250,000 cost of the project.
Plans call for the new water main to run along Madison Avenue north of Le Mars nearly to 160th Street, crossing under the four lanes of Highway 60, then east along the north side of Highway 60 to the northeast corner of the interchange.
City Administrator Scott Langel shared the proposed plans with the council Tuesday.
A bid letting would be set for Sept. 13, construction could begin in October and the proposed completion date would be in November, according to the proposed schedule Langel presented.
Local business Fedders Marine and RV is in the process of relocating to the northwest corner of the interchange, and the new city water line will allow the business to hook up to city water, he said.
For a short time, Southern Sioux Rural Water will supply water to the Fedders property through an agreement with the city of Le Mars.
That water will allow for construction work until the city water line is connected, Langel said.
Langel also noted that at some point in the future, after the new city water main is extended to the north interchange, a connection may be brought east and south back into town along Mahogany Avenue, to create a loop, which helps equalize water pressure.