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Next phase of West Hill underway

Next phase of West Hill underway

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MUSCATINE, Iowa — The Muscatine City Council said "yes" to the next phase of its massive sewer separation project at its regular business meeting Thursday night.

The council approved Phase Three of the West Hill Sewer Separation project, part of the city's longtime efforts to install separate storm and sanitary sewers throughout the city to meet federal clean water mandates. The vote was unanimous, with Fifth Ward Councilwoman Jeanette Phillips absent from the meeting.

This phase will be broken up into three sections to be completed over the next three years at total cost of $7 million.

The West Hill neighborhood, located just west of central downtown Muscatine, is the only remaining neighborhood in the city with a combined sewer system. 

There were several other items that earned unanimous approval by the council.

Subdivision

A new subdivision on Seven Springs Road has its final plat, or map, thanks to the council.

Although the subdivision, Van Zandt Rolling Acres, is located in unincorporated Muscatine County, it is within two miles of the city of Muscatine's borders, which is required by law to receive city approval. The 14.53-acre subdivision is currently zoned R-1, or single-family residential.

School resource officers

The Muscatine Police Department and the Muscatine School District will join forces to fund two School Resource Officers to serve in the district for the 2015-16 school year.

This agreement is similar to one the two have had for the previous three years, when the city funded 25 percent of one of the officer's salary and the district covered the remainder and a federal grant covered funding for the second officer. That grant funding ends after this year, but the city and district are required to fund the second officer for at least one more year due to the conditions of the grant, according to Finance Director Nancy Lueck.

Purchases

Some of the items approved for purchase by the council included:

  • Two thickened waste activate sludge pumps for the city's Water Pollution Control Plant. The pumps transfer the sludge, which is generated as part of the treatment process, to digesters at the plant.
    In response to questions from the council, Water Pollution Control Director Jon Koch said the current pumps, which were installed two years ago, have not worked as expected. The total cost of the pumps would be $71,940. Koch said that due to the performance issues of the previous pumps, they received free engineering services and a $20,000 refund from the companies involved with installing those pumps;
  • A truck to be used by the Parks and Recreation Department for park maintenance. The budget for the purchase is $12,000;
  • A two-way snow plow for snow removal. One bid was received from Henderson Truck Equipment in the amount of $9,920 for the project;
  • The purchase of a salt box, which would be used to store salt on a truck being used for snow removal operations. One bid was received from Henderson Truck Equipment in the amount of $15,910.
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