Forest City Approves Interest-Free Loan Agreement With IFA For Sewer Project | Community


Rob Hillesland Summit-Tribune

After receiving no written or oral comments at a public hearing, Forest City Council on Nov. 15 approved a $ 1.12 million sewer revenue loan with the Iowa Finance Authority.

“We have been approved for the IFA Planning and Design loan,” said City Administrator and Clerk Daisy Huffman. “We’re already getting engineering invoices, so now, once we get that in place, we can start moving them forward. of the project.”

The city is preparing to rebuild its 1982 wastewater treatment plan at an estimated cost of over $ 12 million. He worked with the engineering firm WHKS & Co. on the preliminary stages.

The project will update the aging components of primary treatment. It will also allow the city to meet new nutrient reduction standards for nitrogen and phosphorus levels.

The principal of the IFA Interim Loan is payable within three years from the due date of the project loan. Board members also approved a bond board engagement letter with Dorsey & Whitney for work on the city’s proposed 2021-2025 State Revolving Fund Sewer Improvement Project.

Council approved a resolution setting a public hearing at 6 p.m. on December 6 regarding an easement for an encroachment on access to the pool on South 7th Street. City attorney Steve Bakke said this was a 2007 issue. The city must grant an easement to Mark Attig for the garage encroachment to be added to the south side of his garage.

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In other matters, counsel:

• Adopted a resolution accepting work on the 2020 13th Street North Improvements Project. The total cost of the project is $ 437,336.76, of which $ 93,932 will be assessed against private property in the taxable district.

• Granted a request for payment of $ 13,235 to Nebcon for work on Phase 1D of the electrical distribution improvement project. Electrical department supervisor Duane Kuhn said this was the fifth and final payment, which mainly includes work done at Gate 1 of Winnebago Industries. There is $ 13,217 in holdback until spring, when they finish the gardening work. Kuhn said Nebcon’s project work was satisfactory, and it was largely completed only about a week late after being significantly late at the start.

• End-of-year budget audit approved after Larry Pump, CPA, reviewed city audit findings with council members and provided a clean bill of health.

• Discussion during staff reports that oaths of office for new board members and park board members will be taken at the next regular board meeting on November 22nd.

• Heard from Fire Chief Brad Lamping, who informed them that the Department had booked the “Standing Hampton” group for their 125th anniversary during next year’s Puckerbrush Days celebration.

Rob Hillesland is community editor for the Summit-Tribune. He can be reached at 641-421-0534, or by email at [email protected]


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