DUBUQUE — The Iowa League of Cities recognized the cities of Camanche, Clinton and Low Moor as 2013 All-Star Communities at its Annual Conference & Exhibit, which was held in Dubuque from Sept. 25 to 27.
The All-Star Community Award is the most prestigious honor given by the League to cities. Entries are judged by a panel of former city officials and others familiar with municipal government. Judges determine winners based on innovative efforts in areas such as urban renewal, development, preservation, service sharing or quality of life improvements. These communities were among seven of Iowa’s 946 cities to garner such recognition for their Regional Waste Water Treatment Facility. This project was recognized specifically for service sharing.
In the application the city of Camanche submitted, it explained that both Camanche and Clinton knew costly upgrades would be required to keep their current waste water treatment plants operating. While Clinton and Camanche were talking through the logistics of the 28E agreement that would make a shared wastewater treatment facility possible, the city of Low Moor, located about 4 miles east of Camanche, was struggling to fund a mandatory $1.6 million upgrade to its waste water lagoon.
Low Moor was welcomed into the project, and the final 28E agreement between the cities includes a joint board to oversee the service rates for all three partners. Three members from each community make up the board. Clinton assumed responsibility for building a new wastewater treatment plant, while Camanche and Low Moor constructed lift stations and sewer force mains to pump wastewater to the new regional facility in Clinton.
The amount of water is measured at the intake, and each community is assessed its portion of the operating expenses. Three outdated wastewater facilities are now offline and the current building was designed to serve the region for years to come.
This year’s other All-Star Community Award winners were Belle Plaine, Carroll, Decorah and Marquette.