Mayor upset at increasing costs for sewer project

The Oskaloosa city wastewater project is nearing completion, however, some city leaders have issues with the costs.

Mayor Mike Boyd balked at a request by City Superintendent Bill Heard to add some additional materials to the project.

Originally the city approved purchasing 500 yards of large rock for bank stabilization near a creek that sewer lines must cross. Heard said last Thursday that an additional 100 yards of rock would be needed.

Boyd agreed that the work needs to be completed but expressed frustrations with the city’s engineers on the project, B & G Consultants.

“If it needs to be done it needs to be done,” Boyd said. “I don’t have a problem with it I’m just tired of (engineers) missing quantities.

“His poor observations have cost the city quite of bit of extra money during this entire planning process,” he added.

Heard said during the process it is hard for planners to know exactly which way the creek will flow. During construction the creek had to be moved, thus causing the need for some additional stabilization.

Boyd said engineers had plans presented to the city that showed where the creek would be located. Councilman Allen Wise agreed with Heard.

“It’s one of those parts of construction that you don’t know until you get into it,” Wise said.

Councilman Mike Paavola said he had a substantial amount of rock on his farm that the city could use for free.

In other actions:

  • The council approved a bill for more than $11,100 for sidewalk and brick work around the square. Heard said the brick portion should be paid for with the water and sewer funds since 100 percent of the work was the result of water line breaks or the sewer project.


  • The council discussed a situation where a tree located on city property fell on a resident’s fence line causing damage. The council instructed Hamm to tell the resident to turn the matter over to their insurance company.

by Dennis Sharkey

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