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Pella Council Approves Loans for Sewer Upgrades

Posted: Wednesday, June 16th, 2010 at 6:27 am
Author: KNIA/KRLS News-Eric Gotschall

A resolution authorizing the issuance of up to $4.8 million in Sewer Revenue Capital Loan Notes was approved at Tuesday night’s Pella City Council meeting. The bonds are for the first tier of improvements to the city’s sanitary sewer system – as mandated by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources – and also cover the cost of other improvements to the city’s existing system.

Tier one improvements include a new equalization basin for the wastewater plant and improvements to Lift Station No. 2 and the force main and will cost an estimated $3,464,000; while the replacement and addition of new grinding and screening equipment that will help avoid waste items from plugging the pipes will cost an additional $1.4 million.

In other business, the council approved street closure’s for the city’s Fourth of July event and parade route on Saturday, July 3rd – and affects portions of Franklin and East Second Streets, among others. Additionally, the council and accepted three resolutions that adopted an annual wage scale, health and dental coverage, and life insurance benefits for city employees.