Toledo City Council members voted to proceed with grant and loan applications to pay for a new water treatment plant estimated to cost $3.1 million at their regular meeting Monday night, Oct 22.
Joining in the 5-0 vote were members Elmer "Skip" Wilson, Terry Goodhart, Travis Mullen, Brian Sokol and Jeff Filloon.
The initial go-ahead for the project came at the Sept. 24 council meeting, also on a 5-0 vote. The vote Monday night came following a public hearing at which no objections were heard.
Toledo’s water treatment plant at Carleton and South County Road (U.S. Highway 63) could be replaced if grants and loans are approved. The aged facility is beyond its life expectancy according to Dave Stoklasa, city engineer.
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"Deteriorated" was the one word used by Dave Stoklasa, the city engineer from Snyder Associates, to describe the present plant in late 2012 when the issue first surfaced. He told council members on Dec. 12 the plant was in need of major renovations or replacement. He said at the time corrosion had taken its toll on the structure and its "working parts."
The plant, on the corner of South County Road (U.S. 63) and West Carleton Street has shown exterior signs of deterioration over the past couple of years. Most of the brick facade on the east side has fallen off. The plant was built in 1965 with an addition on the north side put in place in the early 1980s.
On the funding side, Marty Wymore, Region 6 Planning Commission executive director, told council members Monday night an application for $600,000 in Community Development Block Grant funding and for $2.5 million from the Iowa Economic Development Authority Revolving Fund would be made by a Nov. 14 deadline.
He said he expects a decision on the applications to be reached by late March or early April of next year.
According to an audit report on the city finances released on Monday, Toledo currently has outstanding debt totaling $1.7 million in Revenue Notes and $2.4 million in General Obligation bonds.
Among projects which the city is currently paying for are the Tama-Toledo Family Aquatic Center, Tama County Child Care Center (Kids Corner) and the sewage treatment plant.
Stoklasa and Wymore agreed in a Chronicle interview, if funding is approved, the bidding process would take place in 2014
and construction would occur no later than 2015 and possibly before.
Stoklasa said the construction phase would take about one year to complete.
Council members on Monday night considered the recommendation of Mark Zmolek, public works director, to continue to use the
present 150,000 gallon underground water storage tank and delete its replacement from the project.
Wymore told council members the replacement tank estimated cost is $340,000. He calculated the city would lose some $60,000 in
grant funding if it is removed.
Stoklasa said it was his opinion the old tank would not last the life of the new plant and the city would be looking at a
replacement sometime in the future.
Council members weighed the recommendation and said they did not foresee the cost of a new tank decreasing at a future time
and decided to leave it in the proposed project.
Stoklasa told The Chronicle the treatment plant's primary function is to partially soften the city water supply which reduces
Radium content to an acceptable safety level. The Toledo water supply is from the Jordan Aquifer.
In other business Monday the council:
*tabled action on hiring a new street worker and setting a wage until a background check is conducted and the results seen.
Council members and City Attorney Nancy Burk said the check is standard procedure in many government hirings today.
*set a Nov. 14 hearing date for Dennis Appelgate concerning a nuisance abatement.
*heard complaints from two neighbors about six dogs at one residence in the 600 block of East College Street which run loose
and allegedly attack the neighbors dogs and children in the neighborhood. Police Chief Bob Kendall said the dog owners had
been cited on a number of occasions. Council members said a nuisance abatement notice may be the best solution and said City
Attorney and the police will attempt to resolve the matter
*discussed the Alliant Energy gas franchise with the city and whether the city had any options if the natural gas crew was
pulled from Toledo and Tama and relocated to Marshalltown.
*turned the issue of advertising signs along Business Route 30 over to the Street and Cemetery Committee made up of Filloon
*reviewed building permits for fence construction for Kellie Pansegrau, 602 E., College $1,100 and Laura Edwards, 503 E. Ross