City seeks grant for reservoir spillway project
Fairfield is going after $480,000 through the I-JOBS II grant program to replace the spillway at Reservoir No. 2, also known as Bonnifield Lake.
During Monday’s meeting of the Fairfield City Council, engineer Jerry Long of French-Reneker Associates Inc. reported the reservoir’s spillway is one of two needing attention this year. The spillway at Walton Lake also was identified as requiring rehabilitation during an inspection by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources in June 2009.
“During the past year, the spillway has completely collapsed — one whole level of it has fallen in, and water is now cascading down and going underneath the rest of the spillway [at Reservoir No. 2],” Long said.
The estimated cost to rehabilitate the spillway is $560,000. Long said once it’s reconstructed, the spillway should last another 10 to 15 years.
“I think this is a project that we’re ultimately going to have to do anyway,” said councilman Myron Gookin. “I think we as a city need to be much more proactive in thinking in the long term as opposed to Band-Aid fixes because Band-Aid fixes ultimately get us in trouble.”
The council unanimously voted to apply for the I-Jobs funding, which has been earmarked for disaster prevention projects. The application deadline is Friday.
Although the spillway at Walton Lake was originally identified as being in a more dire state by the DNR, Long thought the city should be able to repair it without a full reconstruction.
Also Monday, Bob Glocke was recognized for his more than 40 years of service on the Fairfield Airport Committee, from which he is resigning after 19 years as chairman.
Mayor Ed Malloy commended Glocke for the growth he has overseen at the airport during his time on the committee.
“Bob was one of those citizens who stepped up to a volunteer committee position who put really his entire life into this. It was more than a community service — it was really a passion and a dedication, and that dedication was a dedication to seeing the city have the absolute best possible amenity in an airport that we could possibly have,” Malloy said.
Glocke was presented a plaque from the Iowa Department of Transportation, as well as the mayor’s award for community excellence.
For the complete article, see the Tuesday, July 27, 2010, printed edition of The Fairfield Ledger.