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Neighbors Growing Together | Dec 19, 2014

Kalona to consider $680,000 sewer project

By Mary Zielinski | Jun 06, 2013

KALONA — Given the option of either doing a possible $40,000 sewer project annually until 26,000 feet of sewer pipe was replaced or taking on an estimated $680,000 one-time project, the Kalona Council Monday approved getting final cost estimates for the latter.
Engineer Jack Pope of Garden & Associates detailed how the sewer relining works, noting it would have a good 40-year life span.  Most important, though, is it would provide a bigger pipe and improve water flow, something that means Kalona could run all its pumps at once.  It had to alternate during the recent flooding, said City Administrator Ryan Schlabaugh.
Funding likely will be through the State Revolving Loan (SRL) fund, said Pope, noting the city will have to apply, but it has had SRL funding several times before for infrastructure work.  Pope noted that the interest rate, now 2 percent, is set to go to 1 one percent by the time Kalona would seek it.
Kalona raised its  sewer rates more than a year ago in anticipation of the major replacement work and an increase is set for July.
The $680,000 figure does not include engineering, legal or interest costs.  If a final go-ahead is given by the council, it is likely the project will be bid in January or February with an early spring start and possible completion by fall 2014.
In other business, the council:
•held a second reading of its modified burn ordinance that limits burning time and size of burn barrels. Vote was 3-1 with Craig Spitzer opposed;
•learned that Schlaubaugh and Mid-Prairie Superintendent Mark Schneider met to discuss the possible city/district community/recreation center plan.  Regardless of what the city does, Schlabaugh said, Mid-Prairie will build a new building near its middle school to meet growing needs.  Each plans to address its needs, “then we will meet again and have further public meetings,” he said; and
•learned there is a meeting for the proposed English River Watershed Management Authority at 7 p.m. June 11 in the North English Community Center.

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