Oskaloosa City Hall

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OSKALOOSA – The Oskaloosa City Council approved an increase in sanitary sewer rates during at a meeting January 6.

Beginning March 2020, the average Oskaloosa resident should see an increase in their bills of approximately $5, taking bills averaging $49 to $54

This increase isn’t only affecting residents, business owners are taking the hit as well. The average commercial or industrial user should take a hit of approximately $10 March 2020, sending their bills from $147 to $157.

Documents submitted with the proposed ordinance state that the reason for the increase over the past six years, and years to come, is because the city’s sanitary sewer systems in grave need for improvements to prevent ‘critical failures’ from occurring. Said improvements come at a great cost as the city has a tight window to complete the work.

The increase was approved in a 7 to 1 vote, with the opposing vote coming from 4th Ward Councilman Steve Burnett. During the meeting, city council member Tom Walling made a comment that although the increase was not a good deal, it was necessary.

“It’s not a good deal, but it’s gotta happen,” he said.

During the meeting, the council also voted to award a construction contract to Iowa Bridge & Culvert, L.C. for the construction of the North 17th Street Bridge replacement.

The North 17th Street Bridge provides access to the Northeast Wastewater Treatment Plant and the multi-use recreational trail.

Tiffany McDaniel can be reached by phone at (641) 660–9659, by email at tmcdaniel@oskyherald.com or on Twitter @tmcdaniel_osky.

Tiffany McDaniel can be reached by phone at (641) 660–9659, by email at tmcdaniel@oskyherald.com or on Twitter @tmcdaniel_osky.

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