For the past year, the City of Cherokee and Tyson Foods have been working with the Department of Natural Resources on chloride compliance at Cherokee's industrial wastewater treatment plant, as a result of higher quality standards mandated by the DNR and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The engineer involved has developed several alternative means of addressing the issue, and the preferred method would be to combine the effluent of the City and industrial plants at one location before releasing it into the Little Sioux River. According to the DNR, the best time to conduct the study is when the river is at the lowest point, which would be now.
The cost would be shared evenly by the City and industrial wastewater treatment plant funds. After discussion during a special City Council meeting last week, the Council voted unanimously to approve an expenditure not to exceed $9,975 to conduct a water mixing study for the project.
The Council also was asked to consider a contract with Cannon, Moss, Brygger Associates for the design of the proposed new Koser Spring Lake Park Yacht Club and Maintenance Garage buildings.
The cost of the engineering not to exceed $45,000, is based on estimated construction costs for the Yacht club at $275,000 and the Maintenance building at $140,000. The Council decided that if at any time during the design process the Council decides not to move forward with the project, the architect would be paid only for services through the phase completed.
Chad Brown, 618 W. Cherry St., asked if the buildings could be separated so that the City could get bids on pre-engineered buildings for the Maintenance shop without having to use an architect for design purposes. These pre-fab buildings come with an engineering certification. This could maybe save the City an estimated $20,000 in architect fees.
City Administrator Don Eikmeier said they could keep the Yacht Club and maintenance buildings separate and authorize a contract for architect services on the Yacht Club only. Then, the City look at pre-fab buildings for the Maintenance shop.
Based on the estimated construction costs of the buildings, the Administrator said architect fees for the Yacht Club only would be $29,700. The Council then approved authorizing a contract with Cannon, Moss, Brygger Assoc. for design services for the Yacht Club for a cost not to exceed $29,700. with Council Members Linda Burkhart, Wayne Pingel, and Dan Morrow voting for the measure, and Mick Mallory, and Jim Peck voting no.
In other business, at the Council meeting September 27, the Council authorized the purchase of new LED traffic lights and controls. The other part of the project includes installation. A question from the last meeting was whether the City would take bids on the installation.
Eikmeier said that they certainly could solicit bids, however, he wanted to discuss the role of Champion Electric servicing the City traffic lighting system historically. The project doesn't just include installation, but also timing of the lights throughout town.
Over the years, Champion Electric has been called on to make necessary repairs to the traffic lights and controls as needed and the electricians are very familiar with the operations. Randy Reeves of Champion Electric also put together the bid specifications on the LED equipment at no cost to the city. Therefore, Eikmeier said he would like to negotiate a price with Champion Electric for the installation. No action was required at this time. A proposal from Champion Electric will be presented at a future meeting.
The Council also went into closed session for personnel review as requested by the employee as per Iowa Code Chapter 21.5(i
No action was taken in closed session.