Lee County is seeking state permission to replace the current sewer system at its jail.
Colchester will have to find $100,000 to pay for the design of a large-scale sewer upgrade. It's hoping to get some help to prevent dipping into its reserves.
The city's new budget does not have enough revenue to pay for the project.
The state turned down the city's application for a grant last year. The grant would have covered the design cost.
Mayor Danny Bice hopes the EPA will change its mind.
Another rejection would leave the city few options.
Fort Madison residents should expect some good news and some bad news from the city when they go to their mailboxes this summer.
The city council has approved the first reading of an ordinance that would decrease the water basic charge by just over $1.00/month. The average residential household will see a decrease of 4%.
Aldermen described that as the “good news” during its most recent meeting.
The savings are linked to favorable bids for the construction of the new water plant and several transmission mains.
Residents of Mooar/Powdertown agreed to work with Regional Utility Service Systems (RUSS) several years ago.
RUSS helps rural communities in ten southeast Iowa counties secure state and/or federal funding for sanitary sewer systems.
The sewer project was put on hold, last year, during the engineering phase because of personnel and funding issues with RUSS.
The Lee County Board of Supervisors wanted to see if residents of Mooar/Powdertown were still interested in working with RUSS, so it held a public meeting Tuesday night.
Some residents of the Argyle Sanitation District will be receiving a bill for past due sewer services.
The county says 22 properties are behind in their payments to Regional Utility Service Systems (RUSS).
The Mount Pleasant-based organization owns and operates Argyle’s sanitary sewer system.
Lee County has been covering the late fees for months, which has prompted the Board of Supervisors to approve the mailing of bills to delinquent customers.
The supervisors have that authority because they are also serving as the trustees for the sewer district.