Journal Express, Knoxville, IA

November 13, 2012

Supervisors approve Attica-Pershing sewer applications

Steve Woodhouse

Knoxville — At a special meeting this afternoon, the Marion County Board of Supervisors approved an application to the Iowa Economic Development Authority's Water and Sewer Fund to cover the costs of installing a new sewer system to serve the unincorporated areas of Attica and Pershing. 

Discussion of this project has been ongoing for years. Funding sought totals $3,545,500. Of that, $300,000 is expected to come through a Community Development Block Grant.

Marion County's role in this endeavor is that of a "pass-through" organization, through with the money will flow. Central Iowa Water Association is working with the state government on this project. CIWA's Kristie Wildung is facilitating the project. 

Wildung told the supervisors that funding, which will come from the United States Department of Agriculture's Rural Development division, is expected to come through. The announcement may be made in March.

Representatives from Attica and Pershing were present at the meeting. A spokesperson said the communities have been clearing ditches and making other preparations for the project. Marion County Environmental Health Director Cory Frank said the plan includes arrangements that will accommodate growth in the future. 

This separate meeting was part of a full day of actions and discussion by the supervisors. The board's regular meeting was held this morning. Look for more on that in the Nov. 16 Journal-Express. 

The board also opened bids this afternoon for Lakeside Heights property it acquired after the floods of 2010. Bids were received for $1,080 and $3,000. Neither bidder was present at the bid opening, though bidding procedure specified bidders should be present. If bidders attend a special meeting scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 11:30 a.m., the land will likely be awarded at that time. 

Marion County will also receive $79,000 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to recoup costs for the properties. 

The supervisors will meet again Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. to canvass the general election results.