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Fontanelle Observer

Wastewater treatment plant, road repairs discussed by council

FONTANELLE — The Fontanelle City Council adopted plans, specifications, a form of contract and estimation of cost for the town’s new wastewater treatment plant they are expecting to break ground for later this summer or early this fall.

The council awarded a construction contract to NC Construction with a bid of $2.8 million.

“I think there are a lot more documents they need to get done before they start. I think they’re hoping for late July or early August,” City Clerk Amanda Held said.

The new wastewater treatment plant project is in response to new regulations put in place for communities by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

Street repairs

John Baudler, manager of the Fontanelle location of the 21st Century Coop, spoke with the council regarding street repairs he would like to see performed near the corner of W. Third St. and W. Washington St. by the coop.

“It’s really bad. There’s nothing to hold the road there. With years of the heavy equipment, it has crumbled away,” Held said. “They’re looking at what they can do different, trying to get a plan in place for what the cost would be. John just wanted the council to be thinking about it.”

Held reported the council will likely place the matter on their July meeting agenda after City Superintendent Bob Rubio meets with the street committee.

Rubio had recently announced he wanted out as Superintendent but will be remaining in that position for now.

Other Business

In other action items, the council discussed buildings on Second St., drainage at 215 W. Benton St., culverts, revised building permit regulations, reviewed rates with the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities, amended the city’s budget, reviewed the city social media policy and the supervisor review and wages.

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