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11/14/2012 Email this articlePrint this article 
Calamus Council disusses defective street lights
Concerns about city street lights that constantly turn off and on were addressed at the Calamus City Council meeting Monday, Nov. 5, by Dan Barr of Alliant Energy. He asked the city to identify which lights are bothersome, and the company will correct the problem.

Ordinances covering the gas and electric franchises were given first readings, and the subsequent readings were waived. Thus, they're effective immediately.

Marc Ruden and Jim Bousley of IIW Engineers of Dubuque were present to discuss the antidegradation analysis. The council now must decide which properties to acquire for a third lagoon cell. The council agreed to accept IIW's reports and forward them to the Department of Natural Resources. Meanwhile, the city will continue to pursue a grant for the lagoon project.

Mark Schneider of the East Central Intergovernmental Association was present to answer questions during a public hearing about a community development block grant application to upgrade the city's wastewater system. The application was to be submitted no later than Nov. 14 in the amount of $300,000. The total cost of the project in estimated to be $1.18 million for construction, engineering and administration fees. The city pledged $884,400 in local support, including a state revolving fund application initiation fee.

It is estimated 52.2 percent of the funds will benefit low- to moderate-income persons in the city of Calamus.

The motion to confirm the application was approved unanimously.

In other business, the council:

•Approved a one-time contribution of $500 for Clinton County Tourism, which will promote area businesses and non-profit activities.

•Approved the FY 2012 financial report.

•Accepted the resignation of council member Thomas McMahon.

•Granted a building permit to Gary and Judy Steffens for a shed.

•Heard the sheriff's report, which showed deputies provided 42.43 hours of service Sept. 26-Oct. 25 with two calls answered.

The next council meeting will be Dec. 10, the second Monday instead of the usual first Monday due to elementary programs also scheduled that night.

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