Storm sewer extension finished
KALONA—The A Avenue storm sewer extension in Kalona concluded Monday with payment of $58,478.70 to Maxwell Construction Inc. The city will retain $3,088 for 30 days to allow for the last inspection on the $61,566 project. The figure includes a $783 increase for riprap, also approved at Monday’s meeting.
The much larger sanitary sewer relining and force main projects, likely to start by midsummer, also were approved with the first contract awarded to Cornerstone Excavating of Washington with the low bid of $179,386, and the force main to Municipal Pipe Inc. of Hudson with a bid of $912,904. The city was approved for up to $1,124,000 from the state revolving loan fund to fund the projects.
The force main involves 3,650 linear feet to replace the old 10-inch force main pipe. In the process some 31,000 feet of existing sanitary sewer collection system will be televised, cleaned and lined with cast-in-place pipe, and internal chimney seals will be used on 103 existing manholes. There were four bids for the sewer lining and three for the force main.
City Administrator Ryan Schlabaugh told the council that the local census bureau will meet with officials in August or September regarding Kalona’s appeal of a list of 88 vacant dwellings in Kalona. Schlabaugh said it has been disputed since the 2010 census, that “there is no way we can have 88 vacant dwellings.” Resolution would likely raise Kalona’s population, possibly by as much as 200, it was noted, something that also affects state and federal funding.
In other business, the council:
•learned there were seven applicants for a full-time general laborer position and a recommendation will be made to the council at the first meeting in July;
•learned that more information regarding a joint recreational facility with the Mid-Prairie School District will also be on the agenda for the July 7 meeting;
•learned that a grant application for $121,014 was submitted to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources for the city’s Water Resource Restoration projects. Grant deadline date is Sept. 2;
•learned that work on replacing and repairing the entrance to the Sharon Hill Cemetery starts this week;
•learned the city has received the final design specifications for the Highway 22 bridge project (set for 2015) from the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) and, Schlabaugh noted, there are some initial issues with the design and how it relates to flood mitigation. A concern is the problem the current bridge may have caused with the drainage ditch to the north of Highway 22. He said the initial conversation with the DOT “was not well received,” but that hydrologic modeling by the Iowa Flood Center (IFC) “may prove beneficial in validating our past concerns.” The DOT has asked for a meeting with Kalona and the IFC this month or in early July;
•approved applying for two $2,000 mini grants from the Washington County Riverboat Foundation (WCRF) for the Kalona Public Library to repair a microfilm printer and to purchase permanent adjustable literature racks; and
•approved an Urban Chicken Application for four chickens for Dan and Erin Northup, 701 D Avenue, noting the couple has met all of the requirements. It is the first to come to the council since Kalona approved having chickens in the city limits.