By Nicole Montesano • Staff Writer • 

Dundee hears project updates

When the city council met Tuesday night, it heard updates on progress toward construction of a new fire station, the laying of a line to carry recycled irrigation water and the paving of 14 local streets.

The architect designing the city’s new fire station hopes to submit final plans and apply for a building permit by the end of the month, according to City Administrator Rob Daykin. He said that would allow the city to put the project out to bid in April — in time for the summer construction season.

The new station will be located south of the original, partly on a vacated portion of Eighth Street and partly on property aquired recently from resident Howard Meredith. The city plans to remove the public works maintenance building, now located behind the fire house, and replace it with a building on the site of the new sewage treatment plant.

The city plans to continue using the existing station while the new is being built, Daykin said. Once the fire department has moved into its new quarters, possibly as early as December, the old station will be razed to make room for a parking lot.

A consultant studying the possibility of using water reclaimed from the sewage treatment plant for irrigation told the council the idea looks favorable. He promised a more detailed update at a future meeting.

Dundee is beginning to reach capacity with its current well-fed system, Daykin said. “We do not believe continuing to drill wells is going to continue to accommodate our needs,” he said.

The Willamette River is the most likely future source, but tapping it could prove expensive, as it would take a lot of treatment to make the water potable. Meeting some of the local irrigation needs with reclaimed water would reduce demand on the municipal system and make more city water available for drinking, Daykin said.

During the meeting, councilors approved a request to the Oregon Transportation Infrastructure Bank for a $284,000 loan for street work.

Daykin said the city has identified 14 streets in need of an overlay to stave off far more future costly repairs. If the loan is approved, he said, the city hopes to begin work this summer.

The council also accepted $315,000 loan from the same source to cover its share of the local match for the Newberg-Dundee bypass. Local payments are expected to run about $20,000 a year for the 20-year duration, at an attractive 2.58 percent interest.

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