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The Montana Department of Environmental Quality has given the green light for Boulder to begin installing a disinfection system on its backup well as the city works to remedy a possible source of contamination on one of its two primary wells. 

The potential source of contamination comes from an irrigation ditch near Well 3, a primary well, located east of Jefferson High School. While tests remain negative for contamination, in this case, potentially from micro-particulates and not viruses or bacteria, the proximity of the ditch to the well pushed it over the point system threshold used by the state for well safety evaluations. 

The disinfection system installation will likely begin this month, according to Senior Construction Engineer Alan Erickson with Morrison-Maierle at the Dec. 21 City Council meeting. 

The firm is assisting the city with this issue. 

The irrigation ditch in question was moved by the state a few years ago and the city is working with the state to have it moved at least 100 feet away from the well. The ditch is currently located between the high school and the former Montana Development Center. 

Until Well 2 (the backup) is online, the city has increased water sampling and disinfection at Well 3. Using Well 2 gives the city time to look for permanent solutions while remaining compliant with state regulations. 

The city also has another primary well, Well 1. 

In other business, the City Council will begin reviewing its ordinances, repealing old, unnecessary ones immediately, such as an ordinance for a City Board of Health, as one does not exist. Others, such as traffic codes that have long since been incorporated into state law, are being reviewed by Judge Steve Andersen to see if the entire section can be repealed.

For the remaining ordinances, the City Council has set up a schedule for review, as well as what entity will be responsible, such as the Planning Board. 

Residents will also be included in the process. 

The draft for Titles I, III and XI are due at the March meeting with a first reading in April. The remaining Titles, V, XV and IX, will follow. 

Ordinances under review ranged from a discussion of incorporating the city’s new logo into its existing seal to having the city police department look at the existing curfew ordinance. 

The new logo, which features stylized mountains, pines and an elk, was created as part of the Boulder Development Fund suite of projects. 

The curfew ordinance calls for all youth under the age of 18 to be off the streets and alleys, as well as any place of business or “pleasure resort” by 10 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays and by midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. Those who violate the ordinance can be fined up to $75. 

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