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During its meeting Monday, Oct. 17, the Wellman City Council learned that with numerous loans in place, the city should avoid going further into debt.
Consultant Pat Callahan explained during a presentation about the city’s Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) that with the various loan payments the city is currently making, “the city is tapped out on debt” and should avoid further debt until some of the current loans are paid off.
The CIP lists various projects the council would like to have completed within the next five years as well as some beyond. Any final changes will be discussed during a future council meeting before adopting the final plan before the end of the year.
One project the city will have to do is for disinfection improvements at the wastewater treatment plant as mandated by the Department of Natural Resources.
Work will be completed by the lowest bidder, Iowa Bridge and Culvert of Washington, at a total cost of $891,510, which consists of $735,000 for construction, $131,510 for engineering and $25,000 for grant administration. The city of Wellman received a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant to go toward the project with the remaining to be paid from a State Revolving Fund loan. No timetable was given when the work will begin.
Another project for improvements at the water treatment plant was tabled until more information could be received from other requests for proposal. However, work on the clean-in-place tank in the water plant will need to be done after a crack was discovered. Aerotec, based in Omaha, Neb., will fix the crack at a cost of $2,695.
The city will pay no more than $32,500 to LL Pelling for crack/seal work within the city. The highest priority locations are on 9th Avenue from Highway 22 to 13th Street, 7th Avenue from Highway 22 to 3rd Street, 3rd Street from 1st to 9th Avenues and 1st Avenue from 3rd Street to Highway 22. It was undetermined exactly what streets will be done in the project.
Boy Scout Troop #234 member Sam Bailey addressed the council regarding his Eagle Scout project in Wishard Park. He said most of the work on a shelter was completed with the exception of adding some decor and a solar light.
The entire project was done in 13 hours over a total of three weekends and he only spent $711 on the shelter due to many volunteer hours and donations from numerous residents and businesses in the area.
In other business the council:
• learned there were 26 calls to the Washington County Sheriff’s Department in September;
• heard an update from PeopleServices regarding items at the water plant and wastewater plants; and
• passed a resolution making the Kalona News the official publication newspaper for the city.
The next council meeting is Monday, November 7, beginning at 5:30 p.m.