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Posted on: February 5, 2018

Improvements Included in Utility Budgets

North water tower

The Sioux Center City Council looked ahead at several capital projects for the community during a review of the city’s proposed enterprise funds’ budget for 2018-19. 


The enterprise funds include the city water, wastewater, electric, natural gas, and Centre Mall budgets.


Repainting the north water tower is included in the water system budget. The entire outside of the north water tower will be repainted as well as inside the pillar. Also in the proposed budget is considering purchasing property for an additional south water tower. Sioux Center Finance Director Darryl Ten Pas said a water rate increase is anticipated in late spring to help with replacement of aging and corroded water lines to improve water service.


Construction of the community’s new wastewater plant is beginning this month and is planned for in the 2018-19 wastewater budget. Gridor Construction, Inc., of Buffalo, Minn., will be building the new facility near the existing plant at the southeast edge of Sioux Center. 


The community’s existing wastewater plant is being replaced because it is aging and needs significant updates to meet new, more stringent DNR requirements. This July, the second of two wastewater rate increases will go into effect to help build the new plant. For residential users, the monthly service charge is slated to increase by $4 and the per-1,000-gallon charge to increase by $1.15. The first increase took place last July.


Ten Pas noted that the utility budgets continue to reflect financially sound operation.

 

“Our publicly-owned municipal utilities continue to run efficiently and we are reinvesting into our community,” he said.


The city council will consider final approval of the enterprise funds’ budget as part of the entire 2018-19 budget at the March 12 council meeting. 


Prior to that, the council will review the general fund budget at the February 19 council meeting.

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