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Neighbors Growing Together | Sep 30, 2014

Repairs, grant pursuits, loan OKed by Kalona council

By Mary Zielinski | Aug 20, 2014

KALONA — Following a public hearing at Monday’s council meeting, the council approved issuance of $1,124,000 in sewer revenue capital loan notes through the state revolving loan fund for the major sewer lining/force main replacements project now under way.  The first, being done by Cornerstone Excavating of Washington, is $179,386 and, “is moving along nice,” said City Administrator Ryan Schlabaugh.
He added work soon will start on the force main  “and that will require us to secure temporary easements south of town for construction purposes.” That $912,904 work is being done by Municipal Pipe Inc. of Hudson.  The projects will see replacement of 3,650 linear feet of old 10-inch pipe completed by late fall.
Schlabaugh noted that the city also will seek a $75,000 Water Resource Restoration grant from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for an urban assessment for the downstream communities in the English River Watershed — specifically, Kalona, Wellman and Riverside.  Goal is to provide a detailed examination of the “sub watershed” and find points for mitigation.  Grant recipients will be announced in December and if Kalona is successful, work, which includes GPS, water intake and street makeup surveys, will start in January.
Kalona also learned its $75,000 REAP application was accepted for consideration and officials will make a presentation to the DNR later this fall.  Schlabaugh thanked Vaness Fixmer-Oraiz, the watershed planning intern, and her group from the University of Iowa for putting together the application.  Last Friday was Fixer-Oraiz’s last day in the watershed office in Kalona, but Schlabaugh said she will aid with the urban assessment final document during the next six months on a limited basis.
In other business, the council:
•set 7:15 p.m. September 2 for the bid opening for repairs to 3rd Street and G Avenue and 3rd Street from A to B avenue and B to C Avenue, an estimated $105,480 project;
•was asked to submit any grant ideas to the staff prior to the October 8 deadline for applications to the Washington County Riverboat Foundation;
•learned that the annual downtown celebration is Saturday, August 23, from 4 to 10 p.m. and includes a community leadership award presentation at 6 p.m.;
•learned that FEMA representatives will be in Kalona next week to review flood damage that occurred between June 26 and July 17.
•learned that the city and others met with the Friends of the BUnker Mill bridge to discuss ways to aid the group in restoring the bridge burned by arson August 11, 2013.  Recommendations are expected in a few weeks,including some from the Kalona Economic Development Group; and
•changed the September 1 regular meeting to September 2 at 7 p.m. to accommodate the Labor Day holiday.

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