Fort Madison has gone back to the drawing board on a multi-million dollar sewer project.
Lee County could pay for some emergency repairs to a rural sewer system.
Lee County is seeking state permission to replace the current sewer system at its jail.
Colchester will have to find $100,000 to pay for the design of a large-scale sewer upgrade. It's hoping to get some help to prevent dipping into its reserves.
The city's new budget does not have enough revenue to pay for the project.
The state turned down the city's application for a grant last year. The grant would have covered the design cost.
Mayor Danny Bice hopes the EPA will change its mind.
Another rejection would leave the city few options.
Fort Madison residents should expect some good news and some bad news from the city when they go to their mailboxes this summer.
The city council has approved the first reading of an ordinance that would decrease the water basic charge by just over $1.00/month. The average residential household will see a decrease of 4%.
Aldermen described that as the “good news” during its most recent meeting.
The savings are linked to favorable bids for the construction of the new water plant and several transmission mains.