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Webster City moves into final design phase for wastewater treatment plant

February 7, 2023

After years of putting the endeavor on the proverbial backburner, the City of Webster City is starting to inch closer to embarking on the largest municipal project to date.

In its latest regular meeting held at the council chambers of City Hall, 400 Second St., in Webster City, the council authorized the signing of a second amendment to the upcoming Wastewater Treatment Facility Project.

The project is now moving into the final design phase, which would replace the aging wastewater facility, which was originally built in 1939. The design and bid services, provided by Bolton & Menk, are estimated at more than $2.7 million.

The endeavor is estimated at $78 million, and will begin in May of 2024.

Within a 56-minute timeframe, the council was presented with a traffic study around its school buildings from municipal consultant HR Green, and authorized the signing of an amendment for services related to the city’s splash pad project.

Following the approval of the agenda and public forum, Ian Holcombe was sworn into the Webster City Police Department by Mayor John Hawkins. Holcombe has been serving as dispatcher for the WCPD.

The TEAP study was presented by HR Green, which outlined short-term and long-term recommendations to improve the traffic conditions around Webster City Middle School, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School, Pleasant View Elementary, Sunset Heights Elementary and Webster City High School.

Moments later, the council allowed the authorizing of a fiscal sponsorship request between Enhance Hamilton County and the Webster City Area Chamber of Commerce. Recently, the Chamber shifted to non-profit status.

The council approved the acquisition of derelict property at 1112 Third St., Webster City, before allowing Hawkins to sign off on the wastewater treatment facility amendment and the agreement needed for the splash pad project.

Hawkins also signed off a subaward agreement for lift station generators, and the council gave City Manager Daniel Ortiz-Hernandez permission to purchase a new computer and to participate at the John F. Kennedy School of Government Senior Executive in State and Local Government Program, put on by Harvard University. The project is slated for June 5 through June 23 in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Before adjourning, the council set the public hearing for the proposed offer to purchase property at 1317 Beach St., Webster City.

The council will be back in action at 6 p.m. on Thursday, when it will conduct a joint work session with the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors in the council chambers, City Hall, 400 Second St., Webster City. The work session will address Wilson Brewer Historic Park.

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