Construction of Klemme wastewater treatment project nears

KLEMME – Construction of the $1.4 million wastewater treatment facility improvements at Klemme will hopefully get underway this week. The city council met July 2.

“Our preconstruction conference was held on June 19 and construction was ready to begin that week,” said Mayor Ken Blank. “Rainfall has caused the river to flood the area and prevent control point staking to take place. We hope conditions improve enough in the coming week to allow construction to begin.”

The project is being funded with a $300,000 Community Development Block Grant and a $1,300,000 State Revolving Fund (SRF) loan. Cole Excavating of Greene, Iowa, is the contractor.

The SRF loan is a 20-year loan at 1.75 percent interest and will be paid back with sewer revenue. No other tax money will be used.

The council recently approved an increase in sanitary sewer rates.

“The SRF loan requires a city to use a municipal adviser to set sewer rates. PFM Financial Advisors of Des Moines was hired and [the company] advised the city on the increase in rates that were needed,” Blank explained “The average rate increase will be about $20 a month.”

Improvements to the existing wastewater treatment system are required because of stricter ammonia and bacteria (E.coli) limits put in place by the DNR.

 “After nearly four years of searching for the best and least expensive solution we are relieved to reach this point,” Blank said.

Read the complete story in the July 11 Leader.