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Stratford to move ahead on CDBG grant

Funding will go toward sanitary sewer project

October 24, 2012
Billie Shelton ( , The Daily Freeman Journal

STRATFORD - A public hearing was held at the regular monthly session of the Stratford City Council for the Community Development Block Grant application for funding $300,000 toward the sanitary sewer inflow and infiltration project

City Manager Rachel Cahill and Shirley Helgevold from MIDAS gave an overview of the CDBG project that is intended to strengthn the sanitary sewer collection system by retrofitting system pipes and components to withstand the effects of a 25-year rainfall event, an effort to avoid sewer backups that left many homeowners with untreated waste water in basements and water damages in August 2010.

Details on funding were reviewed by the council. With no objections from the public, the council voted unanimously for the CDBG application for funding $300,000 toward the sanitary sewer inflow and infiltration project. Also approved was applying for the CDBG for $300,000 for the project.

There was another major project for the city on the agenda, this one having to do with beautifying the downtown area. For the Downtown Revitalization Faade Project, the council was informed that Iowa Economic Development Authority and the State Historical Preservation Office determined that it is the city's responsibility to determine which properties to have in the project before submitting the proposal to IEDA for approval.

Property owners met on Oct. 1 for discussion and input on the situation, with many scenarios developed as an effort to keep the dollars in the community.

After additional discussion, the council voted to approve submitting the option that included the following properties on Shakespeare Avenue to the IEDA: 801, 802, 803, 813, 815, 823, 824, 826, and 827. These will receive tuck-pointing only: 800, 807, 818, 820, and 825. Alternatives will be included in case the project bids come in low. Councilman Rick Woodard cast the only nay vote.

The council also approved - with Woodard voting no - funding for the project to date for the architect, law firm, publishing, and environmental services. Costs are shared by the city and grant funds.

In other business, the council looked at proposals from Waste Management for collection and disposal services but voted to table action on the proposals until the next regular council meeting in November. Clarification on the current container sizes is needed.

Cahill reviewed with the council the rate studies done on the water and wastewater rates. She noted that the water fund should be fine with the present rates even with pending water main improvements on Teneyck Avenue and Milton Street as future debt. Cahill commented that the city must eliminate sewer fund debt, although current usage rates are sufficient revenue to coer operating expenses.

Other action at the meeting included approving:

Approving a Youth and Family Center funding request of $600 for fiscal year 2014.

An estimate of $1,150 from Ulicki Construction for sidewalk patch on Goldsmith Street south of 801 Shakespeare Avenue.

Appointment of Christina Bauer to the Stratford Public Library Board of Trustees.



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