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Armstrong to study handling GKN water discharge

January 7, 2013
By Michael Tidemann - Staff Writer , Estherville Daily News

ARMSTRONG?- The Armstrong City Council Monday agreed to enter into a tentative agreement to study processing discharge water from GKN, provided engineers agree there's a viable possibility it can be done.

Mayor Marv Dailey pointed out to the council that GKN wanted an answer to its request by Jan. 31. When asked if the city could handle the additional load, public works director Tom Leach said the city was at its limit right now - and that in a wet year it wouldn't be possible.

"They're (GKN) willing to help us financially," Dailey observed.

Leach noted that GKN currently has its own permit from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to discharge into the Des Moines east fork. He said the plant wants to continue to process its own waste water and discharge into the city's line.

Council member Don Leach said he would like to see the city's and GKN's engineers meet on the matter. "If we sign an agreement with GKN, their timeline becomes our timeline," he observed.

Council member Jon Larsen moved the board go into a tentative agreement with GKN provided engineers for both the city and the plant decide it will work.

In other business Monday, the council noted that additional Planning and Zoning Commission appointments are needed. Commission members must be city residents and there is no pay. Anyone interested may contact Connie Thackery, city clerk, at 864-3535.

The council agreed to continue committee appointments as they are currently and also approved a resolution naming bank depositories - Bank Plus, NorthStar and Bank Midwest.

The council also met with representatives of Elliott Equipment, Schaefer Systems which manufactures solid waste containers, and Mid-Iowa Solid Waste Equipment regarding garbage trucks and solid waste containers. The council received bids from the companies, but advised they were for planning purposes.

The council heard reports from Tom Leach and Craig Merrill, police chief.

The council tabled acting on a wage increase for librarian Gertrude Jensen until library board members could be present.



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