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February 4, 2010

Public hearing Wednesday on Rathbun Lake north shore sewer project

The public is invited to the Appanoose County Courthouse courtroom Wednesday, Feb. 10 for a 6:30 p.m. public hearing regarding Phase II of the Rathbun Lake north shore sanitary sewer project to Bentley Management Group's proposed east subdivision.

Phase II involves connecting to an existing sewer at the entrance to Honey Creek Resort State Park and running more than 5,000 feet of 8 inch plastic pipe east paralleling J18 to a pumping station and wet well located in the Stonewood Development. The station will pump the wastewater to an Iowa Department of Natural Resources-owned wastewater treatment lagoon facility located north of the highway.

The station and well will service a proposed $90 million, 165 acre development located north of Honey Creek Resort. Bentley Management Group's Deerfield, The Meadows and Stonewood developments will be a mix of retail, sports activities, shops, condominiums and cabins.

The bid for Phase II has been let and the project is expected to cost $480,000, Bill Milani, Appanoose, Davis, Lucas and Monroe co-director said. But with grants and in-kind service, the final cost comes in around $287,000, he said.

Financing for the project will be in the form of an Iowa Finance Authority State Revolving Fund loan to ADLM. Because IFA wants a guarantee on the loan, Appanoose County is going to back the loan in case the proposed development cannot make it's monthly user fee payments. The county does hold land as collateral valued as much as the sewer project.

Milani said monthly user fees would be used to pay back the loan. As it stands right now, the only user would be the Bentley Management Group's east subdivision. Milani estimated their monthly user fee would be $2,000 per month until others hook into the sewer.

"We'd like everybody to know that this sewer line is not only for Bentley subdivision, but it can be for anybody that would like to hook on to this sewer as it goes east," Milani said.

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