A public hearing was held during the October meeting of the Stratford City Council in regards to the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) application for funding $300,000 towards the sanitary sewer inflow and infiltration project. Stratford city manager Rachel Cahill and Shirley Helgevold of the MIDAS Council of Governments gave an overview of the project. It is intended to strengthen the sanitary sewer collection system by retrofitting system pipes and components to withstand a 25 year rainfall event which is an effort to avoid sewer backups that left many homeowners with untreated waste water in basements and water damages in August,2010. The proposed activities will be funded in part through a C.D.B.G. provided by the Iowa Economic Development Authority,general obligation bonding or Hazard Mitigation Grant (HMG) program funded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). A financial review of the C.D.B.G. project and the HMG project was discussed with the council. A higher dollar match from the city for the CDBG project reflects better on the application with the match funded as general obligation bonding. A Community Development and Housing Needs Assessment was reviewed by the Stratford city council.The council went ahead and approved applying for the Community Development Block Grant for $300,000 for the sanitary sewer inflow and infiltration project.
The Stratford council approved a Youth and Family Center funding request of $600 for the 2014 fiscal year.
The Downtown Revitalization Facade Project was discussed. Council members were informed that Iowa Economic Development (IEDA) and the State Historical Preservation Office determined that it is the city's responsibility to determine which properties to have in the project and the submit the proposal to IEDA for approval. IEDA had already rejected a proposal that yielded a greater square footage covered because the project scope was reduced too much and that not enough emphasis was placed on the "slum and blight" requirement from Housing and Urban Development. The property owners met October 1st to discuss the situation and provide input. Many scenarios were developed in the process as an effort to keep the dollars in the community. By a vote of 3 to 1, the Stratford city council approved the list of properties to the IEDA for the project.
The council will discuss at their November 12th meeting the proposals for collection and disposal services of residential and participating non-residential solid waste in the Stratford community. The council needs a clarification on the current container sizes from Waste Management.
Christina Bauer was appointed to serve on the Stratford Public Library Board of Trustees.
A resolution was approved authorizing the city clerk to certify to the county for collection of mowing done by a city of Stratford employee.