The Manchester City Council held a public hearing on the Storm Water Wetlands Project at their meeting Monday night.
The project entails creating a meandering wetlands near the Good Neighbor Society campus and Wes Schulte’s housing development on the east end of Manchester at a total cost of about $233,000.
City Manager Tim Vick says this won’t stop flooding, but their hope is this will improve water quality.
Vick says it’s actually a unique project.
The City did not receive any comments about the project during the public hearing. They’ll wait to consider approving the contract until the next meeting.
In other Manchester City Council news:
The City Council approved extending their lease agreement with Dupaco. The City uses part of Dupaco’s building for the NICC Manchester Center. This will extend the lease for another three years at a rate of $2,100 a month – that’s $100 a month more than their previous agreement. NICC reimburses the City for half of the lease costs.
The City has also been awarded a Community Development Block Grant in the amount of about $324,000 through the Iowa Economic Development Authority for the Shelly Park Redevelopment Project.
And the City Council also took the first step towards amending a City ordinance by allowing alcohol consumption in certain City parks.
You can’t drink alcohol in Manchester’s city parks just yet – it still needs to go through a second and third reading by the Council before the change goes into effect.