The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Opinion

January 25, 2014

Former City Council members speak out

(Continued)

City infrastructure and facilities

 

• The new Waste Water Treatment Plant was completed and has won thus far three awards for excellence in its field, including the Governor’s Environment al Excellence Award, the Iowa Chapter of the American Public Works Association Environmental Project of the Year in the $25-$75 million category, and the 2013 All-Star Community Award from the Iowa League of Cities for Clinton’s cooperative 28-E Partnership agreements with Camanche and Low Moor which provides waste water facilities to those communities on a cost-sharing basis. The facility has been nominated for an award in May from the American Council of Engineering Companies.

Long Term Control Plan — The LTCP is an agreement reached between the City of Clinton and Iowa Department of Natural Resources in 2012 for compliance with the Clean Water Act. Requirements are specified in a District Court “Consent Order, Judgment, and Decree” which is commonplace for most if not all combined sewer communities in the U.S. Clinton was fortunate to be awarded a 25 year period to implement this schedule. Clinton’s LTCP will limit combined sewer overflows to 4 to 6 times per year. Four to six overflows allowed in a year means a more affordable LTCP than if none were allowed. Initially the cost of these projects was approximately $130 million; over the past two years, however, research efforts and results of the projects already completed or in progress seem more likely it will be around $80 million. City staff will continue to complete projects under budget wherever possible and provide adequate yearly reporting to the Iowa DNR and EPA, while achieving all of the water quality goals stipulated by current and future discharge permits.

StreetsSince 2010, a total of $8.4 million dollars has been spent in reconstruction of city streets. This is the first major emphasis on street improvements in possibly 40 years. Every effort was made to split the total evenly in each section of the city by Ward, 25% to each. In 2010, we were able to do only $1.3 million worth of street renovation; since then, in 2011, $2.3 million went into streets, followed by $2.0 million in 2012 and $2.8 million in 2013. The major portion of these are curb and gutter streets. Total miles reconstructed totaled 23, not including 19th Ave North, Liberty and Camanche Avenues(Hwy 67/30.) Liberty Square, the space between Liberty and Camanche Avenues, is complete with infrastructure and an existing overlay plan and ready for development to begin whenever the DOT process is completed. The Prospect-Chancy Wallace-Sabula Ave. area was transformed by reconstruction from 23rd Place to South 14th Street, Over 5,000 feet of these streets is now curb and gutter except for the one block each of Chancy and Wallace Streets and Sabula Avenue where residents preferred the original style. At the same time, the combined sewer system was separated by 3 runs of new storm sewer from Prospect Avenue to the Camanche Avenue sewer system.

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