Hearings Tuesday evening
A public hearing will be held as part of the regular Washington City Council meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the former Washington Public Library regarding the construction of a one million gallon ground water storage tank to replace the aging unit that has almost reached the end of its lifespan.
During the hearing, council will hear objections to the plan to replace the storage facility. The project consists of constructing a pre-stressed concrete ground reservoir for use with municipal potable water. The council will also vote on approving the construction and awarding the bid for the project. Two companies have placed bids for the project.
The tank, located just south of the water plant, will be replaced this year. The lowest bid is for $1,460,000 for the base bid and $1,660,000 for the bid with alternates. Hinson said the existing aquarium is showing many structural defects, including large cracks around the outside. He said if the city doesn’t take action, the Department of Natural Resources could prohibit the city from using it.
According to the design, the reservoir would be divided into two parts that would each hold 500,000 gallons. The design of the reservoir is circular to maximize water flow, and the second chamber would also be a circular chamber located inside the main chamber. The dual-chambered design is expected to cost about $280,000 more. The benefit would be that one chamber could be taken out of service for cleaning or maintenance without disrupting the system.
Council member Bob Shellmyer has previously voted against the project, citing the additional expense to the taxpayers. The initial cost of the project is expected to be about $1.35 million, while the dual-chambered reservoir is expected to be about $1.63 million.
The new reservoir will be constructed just east of the existing reservoir, which will be demolished. Washington City Administrator Brent Hinson said that the city eventually plans to dig a new well on the site that the reservoir is currently located on.
The council will also vote on allowing a fireworks permit for the Washington 175th anniversary celebration. Also being considered Tuesday evening will be endorsing grant funds for the Washington Tree Committee and consideration of a resolution to request the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission reject the construction of a casino in Cedar Rapids.
The Washington Police Department is requesting the council approve the acquisition of a demilitarized armored vehicle from the military.
A public hearing on the annual budget will also be held Tuesday evening.
The council will also consider changing the time of the meetings from 7 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of the month.