The city commission approved a consulting agreement with PEC Consultants for the construction of a sampling basin and force main for waste water flow from National Beef Processors.
"Both parties agree for a new force main and sampling basing which will allow fully separate flow from National Beef from the city's flow," director of engineering Ray Slattery said. "The force main will provide easier flow and measurements and sampling of NBP waste water and would connect the stations and tie them to one to the structure to get a true knowledge of flow characteristics."
The consulting contract would be for the design services and would be for $168,900 which will be split between the city and National Beef up to 60 percent.
Commissioners also approved a contract with World Fuel Services which will allow of the sale of the natural gas developed at the new south waste water treatment plant that is set to go live by the end of January.
"The sale of the fuel would be at a spot price to the gas market," city legal counsel Brad Ralph said. "The gas purchase right now would be for the testing period prior to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) approval.
"Once the EPA approval takes place, that is when the fuel would go to the Kwik Trips and the environmental credits would kick in."
The commissioners together, questioned the timeline of the EPA approvals to which Ralph said could vary between weeks or months.
Slattery and Ralph also indicated that if all goes well and the biogas opens later this month, the city would potentially see its first dollars from the fuel by March.
The commissioners also approved an annual audit agreement for Dec. 31, 2017 through Dec. 31, 2018, with Kennedy McKee and Company.
"This is an annually budgeted item for the audit of the city finances that will be for $46,850," city finance director Nannette Pogue said. "There would be an additional $90 per hour fee for a single audit if necessary."
Mayor Rick Sowers asked if the staff was still OK with services of Kennedy McKee who have been conducting the city audits for the last few years.
The staff indicated there were no complaints.
All approvals were made unanimously with a vote of 4-0.
Commissioner Joyce Warshaw was absent from the meeting and did not vote.
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