City of Pioneer at crossroads on well issue


District 4 Supervisor Erik Underberg of Livermore was elected Board Chairman during the organizational meeting last week. Rick Pedersen of Humboldt will serve as the Vice Chair.

By KENT THOMPSON
The city of Pioneer is at a crossroads as to what to do with their city well system. On Monday, Pioneer City Clerk Janet Berte met with the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors to explain the situation and discuss possible options moving forward.
Berte shared a letter she received from Kristine Stone with the Ahlers Cooney law firm in Des Moines regarding possible options for the public well in Pioneer.
Berte said the well currently serves three residences and the Pro Cooperative grain elevator in the community of less than 20 residents. The community plans to un-incorporate, probably at the end of the fiscal year.
Berte said to discontinue as a city and let the county take over ownership/operation of the well would cost less than $5,000. To establish a rural water district within the city would require a petition with 30 signatures, establishment of a board and by-laws and would cost an estimated $12,000-$17,000.
The County Board directed Berte to find out more information and report back.
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