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Palo gets big boost with $6.6 million grant for water system

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PALO (KWWL) -- The City of Palo has gotten news today that Mayor John Harris calls, "The best news we've gotten all year".

It was announced Monday that the City of Palo is getting $6,645,781 to connect the city with an existing city water system to provide residents and businesses with clean, treated water.

Currently, homes and businesses in the city are on either shallow wells or deep wells.

The award announcement said that Palo would connect to the City of Hiawatha water supply but, Mayor Harris says they are investigating other cities as options to connect to.

The money, which Harris says is not enough for them to build their own system, would provide enough money for Palo to connect to an existing system, install 56,000 linear feet of main lines, 350 service line connections, 70 fire hydrants and a 200,000 gallon elevated storage tank for fire flow capacity.

Mayor Harris says the city will now set-up a water committee to examine the options.

Harris says that this news, combined with the wastewater treatment system put in place last fall that sends Palo's wastewater to Cedar Rapids for treatment, will help attract families and businesses to Palo and help the city continue to grow.

Mayor Harris also says the city is currently working on a comprehensive storm water management program to help protect Palo from future flooding.

The Palo City Council is also working on a requirement for new homes that would require the first floor of those homes be built one foot above the level of the 2008 floods. 

The money for Palo is part of the nearly $17.5 million in federal funds for disaster recovery that was awarded to projects in 10 Iowa communities hit by the historic floods of 2008.

These projects are funded by $516.7 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Disaster Recovery Funds.

Other Eastern Iowa cities getting money are:

-  $1,174,800 to the City of Elkader to replace three sanitary sewer lift stations at higher locations not prone to flooding, construct 1,895 linear feet of storm sewer mains to resolve poor drainage in a 16 block neighborhood with a residential / commercial mix of uses.

- $3,069,000 to the City of Anamosa to abandon the existing wastewater trickling treatment unit and rebuild, on the same site, a new aeromod treatment unit elevated above the 100 year flood elevation.  This is 50% matching of the total $6,138,000 needed for the project.

- $574,450 to the City of Brandon to rehab the entire sanitary sewer system to reduce inflow and infiltration by relining or replacing 9,000 linear feet of sewer lines and rebuilding manholes.

- $325,379 to the City of Spillville to remove sand and silt deposited by the 2008 floods, expand and protect the existing lagoon system from floodwaters, install a new lift station and valve vault as well as a standby generator.

- $876,950 to the City of Elgin to make storm drainage improvements by installing 8,280 linear feet of storm sewers, 3,550 linear feet of inlets, curb and gutter and a new drainage channel / wetlands area.

 - $1,520,371 to the City of Parkersburg to install or upgrade 13,046 linear feet of storm sewer, replace two 48" diameter culverts, including 88 intakes and manholes, 8,682 linear feet of sub-drains and 260 service stubs, as well as a new storm water retention area.

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