McGregor moving ahead with design phase of Main Street sewer project

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By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

The McGregor Council, at its April 15 meeting, gave Davy Engineering the go-ahead to start the major design phase of the Main Street sewer project.

“This is a big step forward. There’s a large investment at this point,” said Mark Davy, with Davy Engineering. “But I think we’re pretty clear on the direction we need to go.”

The work, which could stretch from roughly St. Mary’s Catholic Church all the way to the riverfront, would encompass water and sanitary and storm sewer utility upgrades, as well as a complete street restoration, including new curb and gutter and sidewalks. The estimated $6.6 million-project is currently slated to start in spring 2021.

Several financing options using a combination of grants and loans have been proposed—and each one includes a rate increase for all McGregor residents. The city will also receive a $1.5 million reimbursement from the DOT for street surfacing.

“We want to nail down the funding and have a 100 percent understanding on where everything’s going to be before we get too deep into the project,” Davy added.

At the meeting, the council approved a planning and design loan application for the project. An application to the USDA Rural Development Grant/Loan Program is also being submitted.

“We did receive some good news in that McGregor is considered a disadvantaged community, so the State Revolving Fund is also a good option,” Davy said. “But right now, your best option for funding is still Rural Development, and that’s how we’re pursuing it. We feel that’s going to give you the lowest rate impact on customers.”

Davy hopes funding sources can be nailed down within the next couple of months.

Bid for splash pad project approved

At the meeting, the council also approved a resolution approving the bid from Vorwald Enterprises, of Monona, at a cost of $221,852, for the Turner Park Splash Pad. 

City administrator Lynette McManus said construction on the project is still slated to begin in June, and should wrap up in August. In the meantime, the Turner Park Committee will continue fundraising efforts.

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