The Dyersville City Council has signaled it intends to borrow up to $1.6 million to fund a project that will facilitate a host of new utility infrastructure to the southeast side of town.
Following a public hearing Monday night, the council unanimously agreed to the loan agreement that will fund the building of a new booster station project to service the Castle Hill subdivision area.
The loan is not a general obligation bond, which is paid for through property taxes levied by the city, but rather will be paid for through revenues generated by water bills. This loan will also not be counted against the city’s constitutional debt limit.
At this time, the exact amount the city will end up borrowing is unknown, so the impact on residents’ utility bills has yet to be calculated. City Administrator Mick Michel explained the city will submit bills to be reimbursed by the state throughout the project, but he does not expect the city will borrow the full $1.6 million.
Michel added that there are several other older state revolving fund (SRF) loans set to be paid off in the near future, which will also impact the “SRF” portion of residents’ water bills.
The council also approved a service contract with the Dubuque Regional Humane Society, which sets boarding fees for stray animals at $110 per dog and $80 per cat.
Councilman Jim Gibbs said he has received correspondence from a citizen wondering if they could drop off stray animals at the Humane Society themselves without having to go through the police department.
Police Chief Brent Schroeder said that given how things have operated in the past, the Humane Society will not accept an animal from someone outside of the police department, adding that if a Dyersville citizen attempts to bring a stray to the Humane Society, they will be refused at the door until the Humane Society contacts the police department.
“If you should find a stray animal, you should contact us and we will take it from you,” Schroeder explained.
Schroeder said previously there were incidents where people were dropping off litters of unwanted puppies, which would result in the municipalities receiving large and unwanted per-head bills from the Humane Society.
“All of a sudden, we were paying $900 for someone’s former pets, so they tried to get away from that,” Schroeder said.
In other news, the council:
• Heard Mayor Jim Heavens will be traveling to the White House this week for a mayor’s conference.
• Approved a March 14 permit for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade
• Heard from Public Works Director John Wandsnider that the topographic survey portion of the proposed 12th to 13th Avenue bridge project has been completed and is proceeding into the design stage. Wandsnider also mentioned there are plans to hard-surface the gravel parking lots at West Side Park as well as possibly extending the parking lot on the west side of 3rd Street SW to the north to provide for more needed parking ahead of the MLB event.