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The Star Drug Store on West Fourth and Cedar Streets in Wilton is one of 15 buildings to be included in the facade restoration project.

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WILTON — Wilton's Downtown Facade Improvement Project is going to run over the $809,961 contract price.

The project contractor, Cornerstone Commercial Contractors of Corning, Iowa, has begun work at several downtown storefronts, but Becky Allgood, Executive Director of the Wilton Development Corporation, told the city council Monday night the Candy Kitchen will require more work than estimated, which will result in a cost overrun, according to Cornerstone owner Jason Kentner. 

"He'll come back when he gets some numbers on how much it will cost," Allgood told the council.

Specifics weren't discussed Monday night, but Allgood said the extra work will involve closing the alley next to the Candy Kitchen for a few weeks and heating the ground.

NEW BANK

Another new business is being planned for Wilton. City Administrator Chris Ball announced the DeWitt Bank plans to build a new facility behind the Blooming Ideas Garden Center.

Ball said the new bank will require construction of a new section of Fourth Street from Maple Street to the easterly property limit of Blooming Ideas.  "The bank is the driving force behind that," said Ball. "They'd like this for drive-up facilities. It would also open up other properties."

The new street segment would cost an estimated $267,900. Ball said the amount could be borrowed and the loan paid off with tax increment finance proceeds.

"You guys will have to approve it, of course," Ball told the council. 

No decisions were made Monday night, but council members favored the idea. "This is really a good opportunity," Mayor Bob Barrett said.

DNR PUBLIC HEARING

Wilton residents will have an opportunity to learn and comment about an upcoming public works project. The council approved a public hearing for the Feb. 12 council meeting to review an application for a State Revolving Fund loan to help fund an upgrade of the Wastewater Treatment Plant required by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and renovation of related sewer lines.

"DNR requires this public hearing," Ball told the council.

Wilton has been recommended to receive a State Revolving Fund loan of up to $620,000. The Sewer Plant project is estimated to cost nearly $6 million. Ball said bids will also be approved Feb. 12. 

IN OTHER BUSINESS

  • The council accepted the resignation of police officer Corey Roberts.
  • The council approved the mayoral appointment of Ira Bowman to the Community Center Board.
  • The council went into closed session to discuss a personnel matter.
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