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Stratford City Council receives FEMA grant
Posted: Aug 22 2013 by ppowers

 The Stratford City Council was informed that the city is a recipient of a grant for the FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program for the Sanitary Sewer Strengthening Project better known as the inflow and infiltration project. FEMA will released $377,250 in funds for Stratford's project. The non-federal match will be $50,300 from the State of Iowa and $75,450 provided by the City of Stratford.City Manager Rachel Cahill reviewed the parameters of the project with the council noting that major sanitary sewer arteries to the lagoon and the sanitary sewer lines in the worst condition will be done first. Priorities were analyzed by Bolton and Menk Engineering via the sanitary sewer videos done by Central Iowa Televising. Sanitary sewer mains and manholes will have cured in place pipre installed to reduce infiltration and restore the structural condition of the existing over 90 year old system.An upgrade to the lift station with fixed pump and piping modification is needed to increase the lift stations capacity for discharge of storm events to the treatment lagoons. The Stratford City Council discussed using the Local Option Sales and Service Tax dollars that are designated for infrastructure improvements to pay for the city's portion of the project.

The council also reviewed a Community Development Block Grant for sewer improvements applied for last year which was denied by the Iowa Economic Development Authority on the basis that the project would not proceed in a timely manner. Dialog between the council members indicated that since the FEMA grant was received and would proceed, it would be a good time to re-apply for this federal grant for $300,000. Additional  discussion indicated that there would be a need to rehabilitate the lines in the worst condition per the Bolton and Menk Engineering analysis and the dollars should be maximized. The council voted to re-apply for the Community Development Block Grant in the amount of $300,000 for additional improvements in the Sanitary Sewer Inflow and Infiltration Project and allocating $150,000 as matching city funds for the project.

 The Stratford City Council was informed that the city is a recipient of a grant for the FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program for the Sanitary Sewer Strengthening Project better known as the inflow and infiltration project. FEMA will released $377,250 in funds for Stratford's project. The non-federal match will be $50,300 from the State of Iowa and $75,450 provided by the City of Stratford.City Manager Rachel Cahill reviewed the parameters of the project with the council noting that major sanitary sewer arteries to the lagoon and the sanitary sewer lines in the worst condition will be done first. Priorities were analyzed by Bolton and Menk Engineering via the sanitary sewer videos done by Central Iowa Televising. Sanitary sewer mains and manholes will have cured in place pipre installed to reduce infiltration and restore the structural condition of the existing over 90 year old system.An upgrade to the lift station with fixed pump and piping modification is needed to increase the lift stations capacity for discharge of storm events to the treatment lagoons. The Stratford City Council discussed using the Local Option Sales and Service Tax dollars that are designated for infrastructure improvements to pay for the city's portion of the project.

The council also reviewed a Community Development Block Grant for sewer improvements applied for last year which was denied by the Iowa Economic Development Authority on the basis that the project would not proceed in a timely manner. Dialog between the council members indicated that since the FEMA grant was received and would proceed, it would be a good time to re-apply for this federal grant for $300,000. Additional  discussion indicated that there would be a need to rehabilitate the lines in the worst condition per the Bolton and Menk Engineering analysis and the dollars should be maximized. The council voted to re-apply for the Community Development Block Grant in the amount of $300,000 for additional improvements in the Sanitary Sewer Inflow and Infiltration Project and allocating $150,000 as matching city funds for the project.

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