MONMOUTH -- Monmouth officials broke ground Wednesday, Aug. 18, on a 1.2-million gallon reservoir located in neighboring Independence.
The facility, which entails a 50-foot high steel tank and a pump house to treat incoming water, will store water from the city's two wells in Marion County.
Cost for the project is $500,000, about $100,000 less than engineering estimates, said Public Works Director Craig Johns.
The city has been working on long-range water capacity since the beginning of the decade.
Initially, the city had planned to build the reservoir along side the three that currently sit atop Cupid's Knoll on the west edge of Monmouth.
Johns said they switched locations, as the reservoir will serve as the backbone of the Willamette Wellfield the city is developing with Independence.
The towns acquired joint surface water rights on the Willamette River in 2006 and were mulling co-creation of a treatment and filtration plant similar to one that serves Wilsonville.
They've since modified the permits to a groundwater designation after discovering promising results from their Marion County wells running parallel to the river.
A complete facility would meet water demands from the two cities for the next 30 years, "relative to growth rate," Johns said.
In other city news:
* City Council recently passed an ordinance giving its city manager the authority to order citizens to fix their sidewalks. The provision is meant to expedite repairs, which are triggered by citizen complaints or observation by staff.
Conditions requiring repairs can include a vertical or horizontal separation of 1 inch or more at a crack or joint; rough or uneven surfaces that creates a tripping hazard; and cracking resulting in multiple loose or unstable pieces within a panel.