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.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has agreed to compensate Warsaw for some of the money it paid to repair its water treatment plant after it was badly damaged by the 2008 flood.
At the time, the city expected to be reimbursed 100% for the repairs. FEMA later decided the city was due 75% of the repair costs because the county didn't meet its poverty guidelines.
City finances were strained to come up with the $285,000. The city has tried to recoup that money ever since.
County Board Chairman said FEMA has agreed to pay two-thirds of the city's share.