For the first winter in a long time, no residents had their water pipes completely freeze in Moose Lake according to Public Works Superintendent Phill Etner. Several residents were asked to keep water running to prevent freezing and a few pipes did freeze, but nothing compared to previous years.
Moose Lake City Council has been working on improving and maintaining city water and sewer services with several ongoing projects.
2021 Sewer Lining Project
The city lined sewer pipes that were identified as critically inefficient last year. This project coats and strengthens existing pipes to prevent leaking and breakage. At the April council meeting a bid for 500 feet of lining plus an additional 250 feet lining to the next manhole was approved by the council.
This project will have a cost of $117,505.50.
The Moose Lake water tower could soon be a different color. A contract for $194,500 to clean, paint and restore the water tower both inside and out was approved by the council.
Windemere Township Sanitary Sewer rate
Sanitary Sewer rates in Windemere Township have not been increased since 2017, when they were increased by 12 cents per 1,000 gallons. A suggested rate increase of 5% was approved by the council, this increase has residents of Windemere Township paying 10% less than residents in Moose Lake. The council agreed that there should be an annual review of rates in Windemere Township.