Expanding the capacity of the drinking water plant in Charles City took another step forward at Monday night’s regular City Council meeting.
The council set a public hearing date of August 16th as part of a process to apply for a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for the “clearwell” project on the city’s north side. City Engineer John Fallis informed the council that grant facilitator, NIACOG, requires the hearing as the city seeks $600,000 in CDBG funding.
The current storage capacity of the underground clearwell is 500,000 gallons and City Administrator Steve Diers says expanding that to 1.5 million gallons will better serve the community and increase the efficiency of the plant’s operation long term.
Last month, the City Council approved a contract with SCH Engineering for almost $330,000 to design the expanded storage tank.
Diers says the project itself is estimated at about $5.2 million with the hopes of bid letting next spring and would take one to two years to complete.