The city’s wastewater system worked well during a recent heavy rain, members of the Nichols City Council were told on Sept. 12. Work done to the system and city pumps in the past two years made a difference.
In other business, the council:
• Heard a report from Police Chief Jeff Jerak, who discussed the October Festival.
• Heard about new street signs, which will feature white letters on a blue background. The new signs will be ordered as soon as the brackets are measured so Prison Industries can drill the holes for attachment.
• Noted that a new Iowa-made flag pole and new U.S. flag have been installed in front of City Hall.
• Heard from the city attorney, Daniel Kresowik, who is working with the Muscatine County Board of Supervisors and the Muscatine County Attorney’s Office on a draft to submit to the council for approval by resolution. It addresses the building of a hog confinement northwest of Nichols.
• Heard from Waste Management, which is working on a new contract. The old contract is due for renewal in February. The mayor requested to change the style of trash and recycling service provided to the City of Nichols. Waste Management is looking into the cost involved in converting to a two-cart system with single stream recycling.
• Approved the Street Financial Report.
• Heard a report from Nickels for Nichols volunteers. The group received a $1,000 donation from Riverside Casino and Golf Resort and a $500 donation from a Nichols citizen.
• Heard from the Betterment Committee, which announced plans for the October Festival, which will be held Oct. 6.
• Discussed the shelter at City Park, which is in need of some repairs.
• Approved the renewal of the beer license for the Catfish Place.
The next meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Oct. 24.
Rains test wastewater systemBy Toni Wilson · Monday, September 24, 2012