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Council to hold hearing on submitting grant

Mar 13, 2018

By David Hotle, The JOURNAL


With a $600,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) from the State of Iowa up for grabs, the Washington City Council recently approved setting a public hearing for its March 20 meeting at 6 p.m. in the Washington Public Library.

According to a memo from Washington City Administrator Brent Hinson, the grant, which would benefit the southeast sewer basin project, must follow a set procurement process for hiring a grant writer and an administrator. He said the city has been working with Justin Yarosevich of Simmering-Cory Inc., but the city is required to do a formal solicitation of the services.

Hinson said request proposals were mailed Feb. 22 and were due March 5. Two proposals have been received.

“Consideration of the grant writer/administrator proposals is needed at this meeting to allow everything to proceed for the April 1 grant submission deadline,” Hinson wrote. “We are also asking the council to set a public hearing for the March 20 meeting on submission of the grant application.”

Hinson said the issues would deal with the grant writing and submission of the grant. He said the council has budgeted $1 million in the fiscal year 2019 budget for sewer work on the southeast area of town to mitigate inflow and infiltration in the sewer pipes.

He said the $600,000 grant would make a really significant project.

In November 2016, FOX Engineering did a survey of the southeast sewer basin. Hinson said the project is based on the report. He also said that an income survey was done for another block grant about a year ago that can be used for this grant as well.

In December 2016, Hinson wrote that hopefully by doing a couple of larger projects over the next few years, the city could work toward elimination of basement backups in all but the most extreme circumstances. He said this is the goal of I & I reduction efforts.

At the time, Steve Soupir of FOX Engineering said it would be hard to predict how the projects would impact I & I in the basin.

“How much I & I reduction you will have is hard to determine,” Soupir said. “It is very difficult because you don’t know for sure.

“All of the maintenance items will help, but the total overall value is difficult to determine.”

He said an estimate is an overall 40 percent reduction, which he said would reduce backups in that area.

Hinson said the projection for the first five years of the plan was $1.7 million and that the city may be in a position to get most of that with a general obligation bond issuance.

Last year the city received a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for $600,000 to help pay for the $6 million water treatment plant project.

When the City of Washington built its new $16 million wastewater treatment plant, the city received a $600,000 grant to help fund it.

Hinson said this is the largest CDBG that can be awarded.

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