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March 2, 2010

Lt. Gov. Judge announces sewer funding for Centerville

Judge's stop in Centerville was part of her two-day “Moving Iowa Forward” tour through southeast Iowa to highlight job creation and education.

Portions of Centerville's underground storm sewer infrastructure is on track for replacement. Thanks to funding from a supplemental disaster recover Community Development Block Grant in excess of $605,000.

Centerville's match for the project is $151,280, which Centerville residents will pay through the $20 monthly storm sewer utility fee increase the city council approved last year.

Nancy Huisman, Hall Engineering president, talked about the details of the project.

Approximately 2,660 feet of storm sewer pipe in eight different locations in Centerville will be replaced as will 25 storm sewer intakes and utility boxes.

"And those locations were selected based on the severity of damage to property and structures directly resulting from the floods of 2008," Huisman said.

Huisman didn't paint a rosy picture when she talked about Centerville's 70-year-old storm sewer system.

"And it was pretty much all constructed of what they called 'thin-walled interlined clay pipe,'" Huisman said. "And over the years much of that pipe has cracked and it's collapsed and as a result reducing it's capacity of our storm sewer system."

Husiman said the heavy rains during the summer of 2008 caused the city's storm sewer system to consistently overflow and caused significant property damage and low-lying flooding.

The project timeline:

• Environmental assessment this June.

• Easement accqusition as needed in August.

• Final design completed by Hall Engineering in December.

• Project letting and award of contract in February 2011.

• Construction begins in April 2011 and is estimated to be finished by September 2011.

Judge talked about the $830 million IJOBS bonding program and CDBG funds as a means to help communities like Centerville repair infrastructure, grow the economy and move Iowa forward.

"We are able to make (IJOBS) awards to communities and hopefully get people working again," Judge said. "Here in Appanoose County, more than $400,000 will be invested in road and bridge projects as well as water quality improvement projects."

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