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Bryan Horwath, Forum News Service, Published March 06 2013

Medora considers building water treatment plant at Bully Pulpit Golf Course

MEDORA, N.D. — Although he stopped short of endorsing the plan outright, the engineer charged with making a new Medora wastewater treatment plant a reality told the City Council during its meeting Tuesday that Bully Pulpit is likely the best spot for a proposed new facility.

As part of a written report and Powerpoint presentation, Russell Sorenson of Advanced Engineering and Environmental Services told the City Council that a plan to erect a $7.9 million wastewater treatment facility on the Bully Pulpit Golf Course grounds south of town — one of two finalists picked from an original group of 11 — featured the most positives for the city.

“Because there are already lagoons at the Bully Pulpit site, we would only have to build a mechanical facility,” Sorenson said. “We would then discharge into (Bully Pulpit’s) lagoons or into the river. Contingency costs would be higher, but the cost for land would be much less.”

The other plan still in consideration is to create a system of aeration ponds (lagoons), which would likely sit near the city’s campground and cost an estimated $6.77 million. Medora Mayor Doug Ellison said the Bully Pulpit facility “looks doable.” Sorenson encouraged the council to make a final decision on a plan during its April meeting.

Due to population growth — both seasonal and permanent — officials have said Medora is in need of a new wastewater treatment facility.

In action taken, the council voted unanimously to approve a toned-down version of a new Medora attraction called “Water Wars.” The water balloon-themed newcomer will be part of Medora’s Family Fun Zone, which made a successful debut last summer.