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Kahoka Council Reviews Preliminary Sewer Extension Plans

 Kahoka Council Reviews Preliminary Sewer Extension Plans

By Mike Scott

Kahoka’s Board of Aldermen were a couple members short for their Monday night, October 13 meeting, as Mayor Herb Butler was absent and Alderman Jerry Webber, who serves a mayor pro-tem, arrived late. Alderman Jeff Wood was named the presiding officer in their absence, and called the meeting to order.

The board got to see the preliminary plans for a sanitary sewer extension to the recently annexed area east of town.

Steve Hausner, an engineer from French-Renecker and Associates of Fairfield, Iowa, presented plans for laying approximately 1200 feet of sanitary sewer line, including five manholes, in the area past Jackson Street to the former motel and bus garage.

“We have a bid opening scheduled for November 10,” Hausner said. No cost estimates for the project were available, but the engineering estimate will be complete before the bid opening.

“We believe Kahoka is still growing, and we’re preparing for that,” Alderman Larry Young said.

The project is scheduled to be completed by May 31, 2008.

The board approved four building permit applications. Dow Joy Farms is adding a porch, Shirley Ann Vice is building a storage building, Gary Jones is building a garage, and Habitat For Humanity is building a house.

The board discussed insurance settlements form storm damage this summer at the light plant and the Water Plant in Wayland. There were concerns that the settlement for the damage to the fence and building in Wayland was not enough.

The board discussed their follow up to Jill Shinn’s complaints last month concerning ground restoration after sewer lines were put across her property. Aldermen Young, Mack and Wood each visited the site, and agreed that the work in the easement looked fine. The board voted not to pay the $90 bill for weed cutting in the ditch that Shinn presented, as the ditch is not the city’s responsibility.

In other business, the council:
–Approved the adoption of a policy and procedures manual for the Kahoka Police Department
–Approved a bid of $500 dollars for cement work at the pool. Alderman Mack is seeking bids for fencing to enclose more area to get some shade for pool users.
–Police Chief Bill Conger reported 119 calls for service in September.
–Alderman Mack discussed a customer service issue involving the cable department. The board agreed to meet with Cable Department Head James Nevers prior to next month’s meeting.
–Discussed needed repairs for the lift station near the high school.
–Approved disconnecting water line to the old J&J as part of city’s in-kind work toward the CDBG demolition grant.
–Discussed the location of the drive-up drop box for city utility bills.