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Council agrees to shelve old pump station

by Dolores Hamilton
Members of the Iowa Park City Council met briefly at city hall Monday night before taking a field trip to the ground storage facility on North Bond.
Purpose of the trip was to tour the abandoned pump station on the property to determine if it needed to be destroyed or modified so it would not be a safety risk.
After the tour, the council decided to isolate the water lines that run into the abandoned pump station, remove the valves and pumps, fill the interior with sand, and cap it off.
Bowles Construction Co. will isolate the water lines, and city employees will do the rest of the work. Estimated cost of the project is $22,000 to $23,000.
Before leaving city hall for the tour, council members heard a request by Carl Uline during the “Citizens Input” portion of the meeting.
Uline told of the rat problem in his neighborhood. He has offered to haul off junk and tree limbs in his neighborhood free of charge. Also, he and his wife have offered to help anyone needing help to clean up their yard, and received no response.
Uline asked if the city can help in any way, such as providing a trash receptacle if he does this in the future.
City Manager Jerry Flemming told him the council could not respond at this time because it’s not on the agenda. He said that in the past the 4B Corporation has sponsored a city-wide clean-up day in the spring, and also, the city could park a dump truck in the area and charge by the ton for dumping.