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Newton to review sanitary sewer collection system

Published: Monday, Jan. 21, 2013 11:50 a.m. CST • Updated: Monday, Jan. 21, 2013 11:51 a.m. CST

The Newton City Council will review an ordinance to reduce infiltration of groundwater and rainwater from entering the city’s sanitary sewer collection system at 6 p.m. Monday.

City Administrator Robert Knabel recommended the following:

• District One property owners be allowed to obtain two quotes instead of the three quotes required by the old ordinance. The reduction in quota would allow for project completions to be finished at a faster rate.

• The city would be allowed to recommend a contractor to residents and prices on projects would be based on their price quota. Residents would still be allowed to use outside contractors, but would not receive any additional funding if their contractor requires additional funding.

• Residents who receive a corrective action plan shall be in compliance the later of either, 18 months after the district is established, or six months after the date of the city-approved system plan.

• Residents who inherit the property without prior knowledge of the corrective action plan shall be allowed a six month extension.

In addition, the council will review pick-up time for trash for Dodd’s Trash and Hauling. If approved, the residential solid waste pick-up will start at 5 a.m. and recycling pick-up will begin at 12:30 a.m.

The council will also review two property financial assistance quotes for the city’s sanitary discharge removal work program.

The first is a financial assistance payment of $2,365 for an installation of a sump pump and 45 feet of interior drain tie located at 209 W. 9th St. S.

The second is a financial assistance payment of $2,480 will be reviewed for an installation of a sump pump and 25 feet of interior drain tie at 708 S. Third Ave. W.

Staff writer Matthew Shepard may be contacted at (641) 792-3121, ext. 425, or at

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