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Queries, issues float to surface

By Staff | Jul 9, 2008

A topic presented to members of the Estherville City Council Monday was accompanied by a comment from Estherville City Administrator Steve Woodley who said, “There’s a lot of questions to answer and issues to resolve down the road.”

This is in reference to the letter he received which outlined key points of the potential regionalization of the City of Superior’s wastewater to the city of Estherville’s wastewater collection and treatment system.

The letter was sent from the office of DeWild Grant Reckert and Associates Company in Rock Rapids.

Key points included:

n The anticipated design flow is 17,300 gallons per day. The wastewater sources include the residents and businesses within the Superior city limits. The ethanol plant is not a contributor to the system.

n The sewage will likely be septic when it reaches the Estherville system. The installation of a vent with a carbon filter at the discharge location to allow gases to escape was recommended.

n The pipeline route has yet to be decided.

n The City of Superior will own and construct the system. They may have a need for operating assistance and would be receptive to pursuing contract operations by Estherville staff.

n In addition to the connection location, the cost to treat wastewater will need to be determined. It is assumed Superior would be treated as a single user for billing purposes with the City of Superior being responsible for billing individual residents.

The letter, signed by Michael J. Carr, P.E., noted that once a tentative discharge location has been selected, the cost analysis will be completed to determine feasibility.

The council has agreed to study the proposal in concept.

In other business, the council learned:

n It cost $21,169.05 for the city’s special solid waste collection week held June 10-14.

n The sidewalk project was completed on North 13th Street.

n The swimming pool project is also completed.

n There will be an informational meeting on the Iowa Highway 4 Reconstruction project (South Ninth Street) at 5 p.m. today in council chambers.