A special meeting was held prior to the regularly scheduled Canton City Council meeting on Wednesday, July 10, at the Canton Community Building.

This meeting was called to inform the public of the findings of the State of Minnesota in regard to the water supply and wellhead project as presented to the council by Pat Bailey.

There were no additional visitors present at the special meeting.

Bailey first referenced the report drafted by Justin Blum, outlining the protected area, encompassing the city of Canton drinking water supply area, which basically includes the entire town.

According to the report, vulnerable areas were determined. The water supply was found to have some nitrates present in the water, although, according to Bailey, it is not commonly present in the Canton area. Tritium, a radioactive isotope, was also found in the water supply, which, also according to Bailey, is somewhat surprising. She told the council members that it probably was contained in rainfall from an earlier time period.

There was some discussion as to the presence of wells previously associated to the old stockyard and creamery in the city of Canton. These wells were functioning when the businesses were open, but it is not known if either well has been sealed.

Bailey told the council that in the study of the city's water history, there had been a report filed in the 1920s, detailing the water study of the Ideal Creamery well. This report stated that the wastewater was checked with a dye test. The wastewater reportedly drained into an "improved sinkhole." The dye was later detected in the Ideal Creamery's water supply, which was provided from a 300-foot deep well.

Bailey stated that there is also a problem with the well house floor drain, currently connected to the sanitary sewer. This drain needs to be reconstructed, and should be given first priority.

Discussion then turned to possible grant sources to cover the cost to locate and deal with the two known wells in the city as well as possible completion of the proposed video-log of the number one well pump, discussed at previous meetings.

According to Bailey, grants open in August and February for applications, some with no matching funds required, others would require that the city contribute matching funds.

As to locating the old wells in the city, Bailey also stated that there may be some well management personnel available to help locate the wells, but the city would need to be prepared to deal with the wells if located.

According to Mayor Donivee Johnson, the report contained numerous interesting details pertaining to Canton's water and sewer history.

Discussion ended at 7 p.m., with the statement that the plan approval would be dealt with in the regular monthly meeting.

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