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By Mike Scott
The City of Kahoka will finally extend sewer line to service the new restroom facility at the Clark County Fairgrounds–probably.
On Monday evening, Kahoka Mayor Jerry Webber reported that the Clark County Commissioners had agreed to spend $10,000 of their ARPA (American Rescue Plan Act) funds on the project.
The total cost of the sewer extension, including the engineering fees, is approximately $42,000,
“I’d like to get this thing done so it’s ready for next year,” said Alderman Les Billings.
Alderman Larry Young continued his objections.
“We will never recoup the money,” Young said.
Kahoka plans to use some of their ARPA funds for the project, if they are allowed to spend ARPA money outside city limits. If not, the board will revisit the issue again, but would have to spend taxpayer dollars on the project.
That didn’t sit well with east side resident Carl Hayden.
“That money being spent could be used on street repairs,” Hayden said. He also questioned whether the city could spend money outside of city limits, because in the past the city has declined to support the July 4th fireworks show at sponsored by the VFW, because the VFW is outside city limits, he said.
The council also approved a $15,500 engineering bid for the Owner Supervised Program for waterline replacement project. The city is currently in its third seven-year phase of the project.
“The number of water breaks has gone down to almost none,” said Webber of the program, which allows the city to decide which sections of waterline to replace each year, and allows city crews to do the work without getting MoDOR permits for each project.
In other business, the council:
-Approved a bid to resurface the walking trail at O-MAK-O-Hak Park. Patterson Asphalt of Edina was the only bidder, as they have the only machine of the correct width. New asphalt on the 1620 foot trail will cost $27,400. It will be done when weather permits, which may delay it until spring
-Approved moving the Cemetery Trust CD to Kahoka State Bank for 0.55% interest.
-Approved the purchase of a new snow blade for the city’s new truck, at a cost of $8094.
-Approved the purchase of a new computer for City Hall at a cost of $1900. New Century Computers of LaBelle was the bidder. The computer being replaced will be moved to the Water Plant, to update an outdated computer there.
-Mayor Webber reported that MECO Engineering had been in town surveying for the planned sidewalk replacement.
-Approved updating the Administrative Search Warrant Ordinance in meet new state law changes.
-Discussed the cost of engineering work for the limited discharge permit for the city’s lagoon. Four Points Engineering had reported that the cost will be more than initially expected.
-Discussed having Monty McAfee include surplus city property in an auction.
-Agreed to support the Christmas In The Park by providing portable restroom facilities.
-Fire Chief Chris Blomgren reported on two calls, and two firefighters that responded to a wreck. He was also asked by board members why the Old Settlers Pancake Fundraiser goes only to the Clark County Rural Fire Department, not split 50/50 with the Kahoka Fire Department.
-Discussed trees blocking stop signs, and brush at corners etc. Instructed police officers to make notes and report to City Hall so work orders can be given to Street Department staff.
-Alderman John Gaus stated that the Sunday Alcohol Sales ordinance needs to be brought in line with a new state law.
-Mike Scott questioned if the city had written a nuisance ordinance citation on the property at West Clark and North Martin St. He was told it has a court date in November.