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By Mike Scott
The City of Kahoka’s sewer extension project to serve the new restrooms at the Clark County fairground is officially dead.
At the December 13 city council meeting, Mayor Jerry Webber reported that Karl Hamner from the Fair Board had called him to let him know that the fairgrounds would be installing a septic tank rather than connect with the City of Kahoka’s sewer system.
“We’re going to look real hard a doing anything else for them in the future,” said Alderman Larry Young, who has opposed the project since the more than $40,000 price tag came to light. As it stands, the city is still out over $7000 in engineering fees for the project.
The council also heard from Pete Young from Acco Unlimited of Johnston, Iowa. Acco is a commercial pool supply company. Acco had been contacted by John Williams for an estimate to strip the paint in the city pool.
“There’s probably 30 years of paint in there,” said Williams.
Acco uses teams of workers with high pressure sprayers to remove the paint.
“We hit it with 180 degree water at high pressure. Usually three or four guys working for six to eight hours for the stripping, and then cleanup,” Young said.
The cost of the project is $9740.
“The cost of sandblasting might be four times as much,” said Young.
“We need to move forward,” said Alderman Les Billings, making the motion to accept the bid.
The project will be scheduled for the spring, when the weather is warmer. New paint, which will be applied by city workers, needs to be applied within days of the stripping, and requires relatively warm weather to bond properly.
The council approved the project on a 4-0 vote.
In other business, the board:
-Congratulated Luke Sedore for completing the MPUA lineman training program.
-Heard a report from Kyle Pociask from Four Points Engineering about the status of the DNR permits for the irrigation system expansion and for controlled discharge from the lagoon.
-Reported that the walking trail at O-MAK-O-HAK Park will be repaved in the spring.
-Approved a demolition permit for a building just north of Ott’s Auto Supply on Johnson Street.
-Mayor Webber reported that the city had received a letter from Liberty Utilities that they would like to meet with the city about purchasing the water and electric systems.
-Reported on the recent Northeast Missouri Regional Planning Commission meeting in Edina.
-Billings reported that there had been a break-in at the ball field building. Alderman John Gaus recommended purchasing a $270 surveillance system for the ball field. Alderman Young said that the Summer Ball Association would pay for half if the Sports Boosters would pay for half.
-Alderman Young also reported that changes are needed to the city’s cemetery ordinance because of a trend of burying cremation urns with a foot stone marker, which is causing mowing problems.