Sioux Center seeks to build 4-acre pond

The city of Sioux Center is in the process of designing a 4-acre pond, which will also serve as the Meadow Creek development’s retention basin. Its slated to be across the creek to the north of the Woodbridge development.

SIOUX CENTER—The city of Sioux Center is in the process of designing an approximately 4-acre pond, which will also serve as the Meadow Creek development’s retention basin.

This basin is slated to be across the creek to the north of the Woodbridge development.

Assistant utilities manger Adam Fedders told the Sioux Center City Council at its March 30 meeting that this basin will help filter approximately 144 acres of development.

As part of this project, city staff have applied for a cost-share grant of $100,000 from the Water Quality Initiative Program. The program was established to assess and reduce nutrition in the state’s watersheds as part of action plan for Iowa’s Nutrient Reduction Strategy established in 2013.

According to Clean Water Iowa, the Nutrient Reduction Strategy was created as a reaction to the 2008 Gulf Hypoxia Action Plan that calls for Iowa and other states along the Mississippi River to develop strategies to reduce nutrient loadings to the Gulf of Mexico — a goal was established of at least a 45 percent reduction in total nitrogen and total phosphorus loads.

The Iowa strategy is a coordinated approach for reducing nutrient loads discharged from the state’s largest wastewater treatment plants, in combination with targeted practices designed to reduce loads from nonpoint sources such as agriculture.

Fedders said city staff are looking to partner with Sioux Center Land Development in cost sharing this project as well as partnering with the Sioux Center School District, Sioux Center Christian School and Dordt University in Sioux Center by making this basin part of their outdoor learning environment.

Fedders told the council he’s hopeful to bid the project in May with construction this summer but said the timeline could possibly change.

New ASC position

The All Seasons Center is looking to fill a full-time facilities assistant position.

City manager Scott Wynia told the council that several position shifts have taken place since the retirement of former ASC director Dave Ruter. One of those switches involved Colton Waring moving from part-time parks staff and part-time ASC assistant to the full-time assistant parks director position that opened when Dave Egdorf was named the new ASC director.

Waring’s leaving left a gap at ASC when it comes to general facilities and ice maintenance.

Wynja said there’s an individual who has been working year round about 35-40 hours per week that has been filling some of this role in the ice arena as well as assisting with the Siouxnami Waterpark snack area and other needs at the facility.

“With that said we are proposing and have developed a full-time job description for this type of position called an ASC facilities assistant,” Wynja said. “We feel this makes perfect sense to fill the role that has been left vacant and the ongoing role it will play with our other facilities on a consistent basis.”

The city is accepting applications for the position through April 14.

Other matters

In other matters March 30, the council:

  • Approved a reimbursement resolution for the city to borrow funds as needed for five projects under way or will be getting started that may require bonding or internal financing, said city finance director Darryl Ten Pas. The resolution needed to be in place to use the bond funds for the engineering and construction expenses incurred. The amounts anticipated to be borrowed are $200,000 for water infrastructure for the Highland Hills development; $175,000 for water infrastructure on the Seventh Avenue Southwest development; $375,000 for replacement of the Farmers Coop water line and force main; $300,000 for water, sewer, electric, gas and road infrastructure for the New Tec Industrial Park; and $500,000 for upgrades to the city’s north warehouse.