By NR Staff • 

Council OKs Carlton water project

Pihl Inc. won the contract for a line running from the park to Monroe Street. The contractor expects to start work about the end of April.

The city is sharing the $120,000 cost with two business that stand to benefit, Ken Wright Cellars and De Ponte Cellars.

Ken Wright has been a fixture in Carlton for years. DePonte recently purchased the old Carlton Fire Hall and is remodeling it into a tasting room with a commercial kitchen giving it event-hosting capability.

The joint effort will be of long-term benefit to both Carlton residents and businesses, said City Manager Chad Olson.

The city’s share, about $63,000, will be covered partly by the city’s water fund and partly its urban renewal fund. It will be Carlton’s first urban renewal project.

In other business Monday, the council entered an agreement with Westech engineering to design improvements on Monroe Street from Kutch to the old railroad bed. The city won a $50,000 grant from the state to support the project, which involves addition of curbs, lighting and parking, giving Monroe the same treatment as other downtown streets.

In the meantime, Olson said, the city will develop a plan for replacement of a century-old clay sewer pipe and a seriously undersized water main. He said it would make sense to do all the work at the same time.

Following an executive session, the council renewed Olson’s contract for two more years, with a 2 percent raise. He has just finished his first year as Carlton’s city manager.

For more information, call Carlton City Hall at 503-852-7575.

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