Greiman of Upper Iowa Beef updates Council
Wed, 09/16/2020 - 1:05pm admin
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LIME SPRINGS - Ed Greiman of Upper Iowa Beef updated Council on the expansion project taking place at the facility. “We wanted to be done by Sept. 1. We’re not quite there, but the work should be done in two weeks.”
As happens with construction, it was pushed back another week or two. The new part will hopefully open before the end of September.
The expansion will double the number of head handled in a day, from 120 to 240, with plans to eventually butcher 350 head per day. Currently there are around 135 employees with another 15 ready to be hired after the entire plant is open.
In regards to waste, Greiman noted, “We have a two million gallon pit that is west of here. It holds sludge and manure and we have a spread permit.”
He added he wonders if Upper Iowa Beef could possibly partner with the City in regards to the wastewater plant. “We do the same thing you do, except we use a mechanical system.”
Greiman said the Lime Springs Fire Department should go out there to see the updates and check out the new alarm system.
Tyler Smith, the new Public Works Director, gave a report to the City Council on Sept. 1. He noted he had drained and winterized the pool.
He wondered if the diving board should be brought inside for the winter. It is only two years old and very heavy. Mayor Chris Chilson told him to do his very best to take it down.
He approved three building permits in the past month, including a garage for Jeff Hovde, a patio for Jason and Fallon Hammon and a garage for Wendy Miller.
“I installed a new light at the concession stand and have been doing a lot of work at the tree dump. I will work on getting signs there in the spring.”
He noted he could replace the shingles at the sewer plant.
“Ed [Hampe] and I took out the sander. It’s in really bad shape. It can be repainted, and the bearings need to be replaced.”
In addition Smith was going to be taking CPO classes shortly.
Eddie Miller reported on Library happenings, including a magic show on Oct. 11. Twice a month, librarian Janet DeVries visits local daycares.
A discussion was held regarding the maintenance office, which is on the other side of the northeast wall of the facility. There is a door between the two, which is available for library patrons to reach the storm shelter in the basement.
The office did not appear to be used much in the past, and the Library Board was requesting it be used as the librarian’s office, of which there is not one at this time.
Smith said he does need office space. “It’s big, but it works.” He explained there are maps and technical manuals that need to be stored somewhere.
Mike Born, who is the City’s Certified Water System and Wastewater signer, stated, “You want all of your information in one spot. He needs an office to save those things that have to be kept.”
Council member Jennifer DeVries said, “We need a plan.”
Jen Smith agreed. “I think they both need offices.”
The issue will be discussed more at the Oct. 6 meeting.
Chief Nate Schwickerath left his report with Mayor Chilson. Two new firefighters were approved by Council, Truman Thomas and Kyle Sindelar, Jacob Johnson retired. This leaves 19 active and one other member on the roster.
New air packs should arrive by mid-September. There were three calls for service since the last meeting.
The Ranger Ride fund-raiser over Saturday of the unofficial Sweet Corn Days was successful.
The York Township proposal was tabled until the chief could be present for questions.
Pool & Parks
Jill Tibbals updated council on the closing of the pool and parks issues.
Bids are out for two picnic tables and benches at the ball field. Perhaps the Mennonite Youth Group will help with putting edging and wood chips around the play equipment at Brown Park.
Heather Knutson applied to be a member of the Pool & Park Board. Other new members include Holly Andersen and Sharla Lieder.
Wastewater Facility Plan
Katie Sterk of Bolton & Menk gave a quick overview of the project. She reminded council the City, labelled a disadvantaged community in 2015 and again in 2019. This has allowed the City to put off building a new wastewater plant.
Some of the figures she gave included having 3.5 times more wet weather flow than the plant can handle and the use is 800,000 gallons daily, rather than the 280,000 it was built for. “Water is going through your lagoon faster than it should. The ponds are in decent condition. You are still able to meet the current requirements.”
The three alternatives for moving forward with a new facility are:
1. Her recommendation was to do nothing, but try to reduce I & I (Inflow and Infiltration). At the same time, the City will have to do some capital improvements.
2. Expand the existing facility at a cost of $9.3-12.6 million. This will include purchasing an additional 28 acres.
3. Build a new facility at a cost of $10.7-14.4 million.
• City Clerk Jane Tibbals reported Johnson Accounting has a company that can retrieve information from the City’s old computer that crashed. The cost would be $1,200. Council approved the expense.
• Council person DeVries gave an update on the audit. After some discussion, it was decided not to do an audit at the current time.
• Council member Kris McNamara will work on job descriptions for the Deputy Clerk and Deputy Maintenance positions to put in the paper.
• Spring Ahead Learning Center representatives will be asked to attend the October meeting to talk about several issues, including the playground and lease renewal.
• The next Council meeting will be on Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 7 p.m.