Council Approves Completed Project Payments

Oskaloosa, Iowa – The Oskaloosa City Council met in regular session on Monday, November 6th at 6 pm inside the council chamber at Oskaloosa City Hall.

This was the final meeting of the council before voters went to the polls on Tuesday to select their choice to lead the city for the next four years.

The council approved their consent agenda, which includes items like approving various board minutes, appointments, and regular payments.

Part of that consent agenda also included:

The Annual Financial Report is the city’s comprehensive report of the financial activity for the past fiscal year. Like a report card, this report compares the budget as adopted or last amended to the actual activity of the city for FY 2017. In addition, this report compares the debt management of the city to the constitutional debt limit. Other information included is the total wages paid to city employees, the amount of money shared with other governments and a progress report of how much cash the city had at the end of the fiscal year. This report is filed each year with the State Auditor and published by December 1.

The accounting firm Martens & Company, CPA, LLP, was responsible for the audit. They reported that the city is in good financial shape.

Also in the consent agenda was an agreement between the city of Oskaloosa and Oskaloosa Food Productions Corporation.

Water treatment and sewage treatment has been a big topic for citizens and the council in the recent past.

The agreement between Oskaloosa and Oskaloosa Foods Productions Corporation was passed. “As a significant industrial user, Oskaloosa Food Products Corporation and the city of Oskaloosa are required to submit to the Iowa DNR a Treatment Agreement as shown on Form 542-3221 outlining the terms, conditions, and proposed discharged waste into a wastewater disposal system. The city, as the recipient of the wastewater discharge, is part of this Agreement. This form will be incorporated with a future pretreatment agreement between the city [of Oskaloosa] and Oskaloosa Foods.”

The relationship between the City of Oskaloosa and Oskaloosa Foods is important due to the amount of wastewater the company sends to the city. The amount of waste is what necessitated the construction of the second wastewater facility during the 1970’s.

Regulations in place now by the Iowa DNR require significant and costly upgrades for the citizens of Oskaloosa to its sanitary sewer system and treatment facilities.

Approved in the regular agenda section was acceptance of completion of the South 7th Street asphalt pavement rehabilitation project. Payment was approved to Norris Asphalt for $4,878.84.

Also approved was accepting the completion of the Northwest Wastewater Plant Generator replacement project. The council approved payment of $12,346.50 to Van Maanen Inc for the project.

The next scheduled meeting of the Oskaloosa City Council is November 20th, beginning at 6 pm inside the council chambers at Oskaloosa City Hall.



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