Oskaloosa residents may soon be looking at higher utility bills in the New Year as the city’s wastewater system is anticipating higher than expected rate increases. During a study session last week, the Oskaloosa City Council listened to a proposal that would raise sewer rates for the city’s customers by 20 percent next year, instead of the initially anticipated 15 percent. City Manager Michael Schrock says there are several reasons for the dramatic hikes – the age of the existing system, infrastructure updates because of deferred maintenance, and mandates from the Iowa DNR and Federal EPA.
A new bike trail may be coming to the Tulip City in the new year – tomorrow evening city staff will share information with the Pella City Council about a potential bike trail along Vermeer Road as part of the planned reconstruction of the stretch from East 8th Street to 240th Place. Parks department staff will also discuss a potential flower bed program for 2018, which aims to better define where the city plans to place flowerbeds in the right of way areas along the main corridors in the community. The Pella City Council meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the Public Safety Complex on Liberty Street.