Duffey Project moves ahead
RIVERSIDE—At Monday’s city council meeting, the city council moved forward with researching and fixing stormwater drainage issues in town.
The council approved to move forward by fixing the stormwater drain at the Duffey property at 90 W. First St. The estimated engineering cost of the project was $6,230.40, said Hart-Fredricks consultant Justin Mead. It includes replacing metal pipe aprons both 16 and 18 inches in diameter, trenching the storm sewers both 18 and 12 inches in diameter, reshaping the ditch, and having a special ditch control wood excelsior mat installed.
The city council voted to proceed to get bids from local firms to work on the Duffey project.
During the discussion of stormwater drainage issues, the council asked Mead to have Hart-Fredricks Consultants P.C. get the engineering cost of three other possible stormwater drain projects in town.
“Not to muddy the water per se, but there’s another tube over on the west side of town over on Boise that crosses the street that’s being undermined,” Councilor Bob Schneider Jr. said. “It’s got a hole in it as well.”
“Could I mention something as well?” Councilor Chis Kirkwood asked. “I had something reported to me. There’s also a place right in front of the downtown in front of the community center, where they said water was pouring into the street.”
Kirkwood said she was told there was a pretty big hole there where someone could stick his or her foot into it.
“That’s scheduled to be resurfaced,” City administrator Rusty Rogerson said. “Personal opinion—that asphalt in there is so old that I think that’s just air underneath it.”
Kevin Mills property at 281 Ella Street was the third property to be added to the list. Mills had appeared before the city council at the May 20 council meeting and asked the council to do something about his ditch. He said there was a 7-inch drop-off and he was afraid to mow it because of it. He also said the ditch would often be overfilled with stormwater runoff during and after a rain.
The Bowe and Chrissy Boecker property at 608 East Hickory didn’t have any action taken on their storm water drainage issue. The Boeckers have contacted the city asking them to deal with the stormwater drainage issue to the west side of their property.
The council decided to table this issue until more information was received from the city attorney and the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) as to how to proceed. There could be possible easements city may have to get before proceeding with the work with the Boeckers and the owner of the adjoining lot to the west.
City clerk Lory Young asked the city council where the money was going to come for these inquiries. She also wanted to know if the city council were going to look into these three specific areas only or possibly the whole town.
Kasdorf said these would come from next fiscal year’s budget, which begins in July. Rogerson said the city could apply for a low interest loan using the SRF (state revolving fund), which would help pay for the costs of engineering, design, and construction of stormwater drain work.
Other items the city council discussed at Monday’s meeting included:
approving residential grants for four residents. They were Bill Schaack at 316 Sycamore for $5,000; Chris Grinstead at 314 Sycamore for $2,610; Dennis Bush at 170 North Kneisel for $3,101.82; and Kevin Schnoebelen at 111 West 4th Street for $3,152;
awarding the chip and seal asphalt work to LL Pelling Company for $29,987;
and approved raising the water bill late fee 10 percent and the non-sufficient funds check amount to $30.
The next city council meeting will be held on June 17 at 6:30 p.m.