Connection to new sewer plant spells the end for old city facility

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Connection to the new Annandale-Maple Lake-Howard Lake Wastewater Treatment Plant by the City of Maple Lake in September meant the end of the line for the old city facilities at the southeast corner of the city.
Early in December, Dennis Fehn Excavating of Albertville, a subcontractor for Latour Construction of Maple Lake, began the process of demolishing the old wastewater treatment plant, which was constructed in 1962. The facility was expanded in 1988 at a total project cost of $1.2 million and was designed to serve city needs to the year 2009. 
The demolition project will remove the control building, anaerobic digester, clarifiers and the trickling filter and disinfection facilities. Staying in place is the flow retention basin, which will be maintained as part of the new joint wasterwater plant system for emergency overflow. 
Maple Lake Public Works Director Jerry Sawatzke said work at the site is currently suspended for the holiday season and will resume in the first week of January. Sawatzke said about two more weeks of demolition work remains, to be followed by two more weeks of hauling in fill and leveling the site. 
Maple Lake was the last of the three cities to connect to the new plant in an effort to obtain a federal grant of $604,000 and a low interest loan of $1,314,000 to finance re-routing of sewer lines and demolition costs for the old plant.
Connection to the new Annandale-Maple Lake-Howard Lake Wastewater Treatment Plant by the City of Maple Lake in September meant the end of the line for the old city facilities at the southeast corner of the city.
Early in December, Dennis Fehn Excavating of Albertville, a subcontractor for Latour Construction of Maple Lake, began the process of demolishing the old wastewater treatment plant, which was constructed in 1962. The facility was expanded in 1988 at a total project cost of $1.2 million and was designed to serve city needs to the year 2009. 
The demolition project will remove the control building, anaerobic digester, clarifiers and the trickling filter and disinfection facilities. Staying in place is the flow retention basin, which will be maintained as part of the new joint wasterwater plant system for emergency overflow. 
Maple Lake Public Works Director Jerry Sawatzke said work at the site is currently suspended for the holiday season and will resume in the first week of January. Sawatzke said about two more weeks of demolition work remains, to be followed by two more weeks of hauling in fill and leveling the site. 
Maple Lake was the last of the three cities to connect to the new plant in an effort to obtain a federal grant of $604,000 and a low interest loan of $1,314,000 to finance re-routing of sewer lines and demolition costs for the old plant.
More information appears in this week's Messenger.
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