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Peshtigo Mayor Asks For Ok On Grant Applications

Issue Date: April 21, 2021

At the City of Peshtigo Water and Sewer Committee meeting on Tuesday, April 20, Mayor Cathy Malke discussed USDA funding and engineering services for projects.

Malke said, "I put this on the agenda because I am looking into funding to help with projects. To complete this, I need engineering services and I am asking the committee to allow me to work with Taryn Nall of Ruekert Mielke and set a limit to get this grant off the ground". Committee Chairman Tom Gryzwa asked Nall if he had any idea of the cost. Nall replied, "The USDA applications involve a lot of things that Clerk/ Treasurer, Tammy Kasal and the Mayor can work on. There would be some assistance on project costs and identification of the projects within that grant application. The one thing that requires more engineering services is an engineering report and an environmental assessment. It would not exceed $15,000. Normally for just the application it would be $7,500 updating the report. Because we started this we have included IPAs and PERFs for the clean water fund and we have maintained IPAs and PERFs on it. If you want to set a limit of $7,500 and I can find out what exactly is expected. I will have to check with someone to see if things have changed or not at this point. Your committee really has a challenge in front of you because of all the different funds out there with the Rescue Act and not sure how this will be implemented but we are working with a lot of the clients trying to get them the best use of that money. It could be $300,000 you get or $3 million.

Mayor said, "I just need projected numbers form Taryn to see if we qualify. I do still need to work with him". Nall continued, "The USDA has a 1.5% interest rate right now and you can go out a 40 year life with them and the Cost Recovery is good but it is only on mechanical. I would still recommend a 20 year payback on any treatment plant project. That along with CDGB are all programs that people go after. When you can score high with principal forgiveness some are looking at a million dollars. There are incentives out there that the DNR has that make the projects more palatable for sewer users. You have to decide where you are going to go after the money".

Nall said, "I think it can be done for less than the $7,500 and could possibly be just time and materials. With your current user charges, you are more in need than you were in the past and that is who they want to help". A motion was made and approved for Mayor Malke to work with Nall of Ruekert Mielke with an amount of up to $7,500 for grant resources based on time and materials.

In his report, Director of Public Works George Cowell said, "The Water Utility Department is doing well. Last month we did the meter reading for the first quarter and we are working on well 2 replacing pumps in the lower holding area for backwash and will be using the jet vac to get surface material. We recently started putting door hangers on doors for meter replacement. With the pandemic it put us behind almost a year. Flushing will begin in May". Gryzwa said, "We just received the audit report, the recommended return is 1.5% and we are at 1.6% on the water, so that is good".

Cowell then gave a report on the Sewer Utility Department stating they did a lot of cleaning with the Jet Vac. "A couple of years ago, we had a lateral on Pine Street that sand got into the sewer. We cleaned this last month and there was a lot of sand. Also on Wood and French Street we had a break last fall that had a significant amount of sand and that was cleaned as well. On Maple in the block between Cranberry and Stephenson streets, we don't know if that was old sand or not we will have to keep an eye on it. I just want to say that the Jet Vac has been very useful and helpful for us. It allows us to do a lot more than with the previous equipment".

Cowell added, "At the main lift station in the basement area, we will be replacing door jambs and the wooden door has rotted, so we will be replacing it with a cedar door. Other than that we have been cleaning the clarifier benches and that is ongoing".

The next Sewer and Water Committee meeting will be held Tuesday, May 18 at 8:30 a.m.


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