Kalona moving on $1.1 million project
KALONA — By a unanimous vote last week, the Kalona City Council greenlighted an estimated $1.1 million two phase sewer and forced main project that will reline more than 26,000 feet of sewer pipe, replace 4,000 feet of 14” forced main and 250 feet of field tile. All of the area is south of Highway 22 and involves replacing some of the oldest sewer pipe installations in the city.
Bids likely will be let after the first of the year with Project A (cured-in-place pipe) estimated at $826,914 which includes $88,5000 in engineering fees and $737,694 for total construction. Project B (forced main replacement is estimated at $238,000 for total construction and $35,800 for engineering.
Funding will be from the State Revolving Loan Fund and city sewer and water revenues. In a related move, the council also approved increases in the monthly water and sewer rates amounting to 1.35 percent for water (new minimum of $11.20 and $2.50 per 1,000 gallons) and 2.1 percent for sewer ($11 minimum, unchanged from present) and $2.80 per l,000 gallons). For an average residence, it would be a $3.06 per month hike. For a 10,000 gallon a month user it would be $5.10 more.
First reading of the ordinance amending the rates followed approval to proceed. Second reading and passage could come at the July 15 meeting with the new rates taking effect Aug. 1. The last rate increase had been in 2008.
In other business, the council:
• learned that the net information meeting for the proposed English River Watershed Management Authority is 6 p.m. July 9 in North English elementary school;
• learned that that city audit will be released in September;
• approved the $74,619 law enforcement contract with the Washington County Sheriff’s Department;
• increased fees at Sharon Hill Cemetery by $50, making the charge $400 for casket internment and $150 for urn internment, but permitting two urns per space; and
• learned that a Community/Recreational Building Committee meeting is 6 p.m. July 16 in the council chamber.