Mt. Pleasant seeks contractor to drill pilot culinary well

Larry Staker (right) poses with Mt. Pleasant Mayor Michael Olsen after being recognized as the Citizen of the Month.

MT. PLEASANT—Mt. Pleasant City has selected a contractor to drill a pilot culinary well.

Project Manager Devan Shields of Sunrise Engineering told the council on June 8 that the company was taking on High Plains Drilling (HPD) out of Rexburg, Idaho to drill the well. The bid is $448,258 on condition of HPD meeting USDA Rural Development’s “specifications,” Mt. Pleasant Mayor Michael Olsen said.

“Barring any unforeseen issues with that, we will be able to move forward with that,” Shields said.

There isn’t a specified time frame for the well, Shields said.

The city has been working on the project since Sept. 25, when Rural Development announced funds were available for the well and also a water treatment plant. The funds are $5.2 million—$4.2 million loan and $980,000 grant. Besides the plant and well, the project will help the city add transmission piping.

Shields opened bids at the end of April, he told the council. He received one bid and after checking references, he found he could not accept that bid. He then got a bid from KP Ventures, but it was roughly twice as much as HPD’s, Shields said.

Also in the meeting, Olsen recognized Larry Staker as the Citizen of the Month.

Staker grew up in Mt. Pleasant before getting married in the early 1970s. He moved back to the city eight-and-a-half years ago. He was a scoutmaster for many years and makes service a priority; he will do tasks like taking out the neighbor’s trash, Olsen said.

The council also voted in favor of resolutions adopting the operating budget of the Mt. Pleasant City Public Library for the 2021-22 fiscal year and adopting the city’s 2021-22 operating budget.

Also, a staff member for the from the city’s public works department said a new transformer was scheduled to ship Friday, but that it was supposed to ship the past three Fridays. The department has been borrowing a transformer from Fairview City since theirs blew out Aug. 18.