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Supervisors award contract for Elvira wastewater design

By Jeremy Huss
Staff writer

The Clinton County Board of Supervisors Aug. 26 awarded a contract to French-Reneker Associates of Fairfield to complete engineering design services for a wastewater treatment system for the unincorporated community of Elvira at a cost of $13,400.

The firm will design a decentralized, pod-style septic system to treat wastewater originating from the approximately 20 homes in the community located 10 miles west of Clinton and 4 miles north of Low Moor.

Many of the homes in Elvira have septic systems that connect to an old storm sewer that discharges into a road ditch and farm field, and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources has ordered the county to take action to correct the illegal discharge.

Small lot sizes in the community make it impossible for some residents to replace non-compliant septic systems due to well separation distance requirements, and the cost of a centralized wastewater treatment facility is too high, necessitating a decentralized treatment system.

Supervisor John Staszewski said five engineering firms responded to the county's request for qualifications. The proposals were reviewed by director of environmental health Bob Summers and Mark Schneider of the East Central Intergovernmental Association (ECIA).

Costs ranged from $13,400 to $34,000. French-Reneker had the lowest cost, and Staszewski said the company had more experience than other firms in working with rural wastewater treatment systems, including an ongoing project in southern Iowa.

Proposals also were received from McClure Engineering, Fehr-Graham, GM Engineering and IIW Engineers and Surveyors.

Supervisor Jill Davisson said Elvira residents will be contacted for information needed to assist in designing the treatment system.

Design work is expected to be complete by the end of the year, and construction could begin as early as the spring of 2014 once the final plans are approved.

"Hopefully we'll have it done by the end of the year and can start planning what to do," Staszewski said.

Summers told The Observer the goal is to keep the system as private as possible by utilizing individual treatment systems where possible and clustered systems where conditions prohibit the individual systems.

Outback subdivision approved

The supervisors approved the second reading and final adoption of a zoning ordinance revision establishing a planned unit development on the site of the former Buffalo Bill Mobile Home Park east of Folletts.

The property previously was zoned AR-1 agricultural/recreational.

The supervisors also approved the preliminary plat of the Outback Subdivision.

Zoning administrator Nate Mueller said the planned unit development designation has mostly the same requirements used for the urban residential designation but has a shorter side setback requirement of 10 feet instead of 15 feet due to the small size of the lots.

The rear setback requirement is 35 feet from the lot line, but there also is a restriction prohibiting construction within 20 feet of a septic drain field.

All but one of the 31 lots will range from one-half to three-quarters of an acre in size, Mueller said. There is one 2.2 acre lot that has been approved by the planning and zoning board for a special exception to allow for the construction of storage units.

Mike Kopp of Clinton is the developer.

Other business

In other business, the board:

•Approved a resolution authorizing payment of $427.38 to the Quad Cities First economic development and marketing group to complete the county's $5,000 annual dues payment.

•Accepted the resignation of Melissa Luckritz from the position of targeted case manager, effective Aug. 29.

•Approved a property tax suspension for Deborah Logsdon, 913 S. Fifth St., Clinton.

•Approved military property tax credit for Lowell Gage, Claudia Van Maaner and Paul and Sandra Flota.

•Awarded a bid for emergency asphalt patching on county road Y-4E (130th Avenue) south of Wheatland to low-bidder Determann Asphalt Paving of Camanche for $9,976.

•Authorized Mas Tec North America to install underground telephone service within county right-of way under 160th Street in Elk River Township.

•Authorized county engineer Todd Kinney to approve to a request from Northeast Community Schools to place a work-study student in the engineer's office pending an inquiry with the county's insurer.

•Approved a letter of support requested by assessor Rollie Ehm for the county's participation in a request for proposals for aerial photography through the Bi-State Regional Planning Authority.

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