They also signed-off on funds for emergency sewer repairs and thanked first responders for their work during the Tama fire.

The Burlington City Council approved the fee schedule for its new trash cart program Monday evening during its weekly meeting.

A 35-gallon cart will cost $14.25 per month, $17.50 for a 65-gallon and $20.75 for a 95-gallon. All fees, which are applied to homeowners’ water bills, include $3.65 per month for the city’s recycling program.

Residents who want an extra 65-gallon cart would pay an additional $8 per month under the agreement, with an extra 95-gallon cart costing $12 more per month.

Those who do not respond to the survey from Rehrig Pacific automatically will get a 65-gallon cart, which will increase their monthly bill about $3 over what currently is paid for trash services.

Because the council does not yet know how many carts of each size will be ordered, the fee schedule is subject to change.

A $35 fee will be levied against residents who want to exchange their trash cart for a new size if they are not satisfied with what they initially selected. There will be no free grace period.

During last week's city council work session, Don Fitting, manager of the wastewater treatment plant, said surveys won't be received right away due to "confusion" on the part of Rehrig Pacific about the list of Burlington residents who should receive a survey to select their cart.

By Aug. 20, not Monday as originally thought, residents should have a survey in their mailboxes and it will be active online.

The three sizes of carts are on display at the Burlington Public Library, 210 Court St.; public works department, 3510 Division St.; and wastewater treatment plant, 101 South St. Informational sheets about the carts and the proposed solid waste program also are available for the taking.

Bridge repairs

Nick MacGregor, assistant city manager to public works, recommended the council approve a $297,818 contract with Brandt Construction Company of Milan, Illinois, for bridge repair on Central Avenue and Washington Street.

The council approved it unanimously, minus council members Jon Billups and Lynda Murray who were absent from Monday's meeting.

The city budgeted $350,000 to fix "maintenance items" on the Central Avenue Bridge, including work on the retaining wall, bridge abutment gaps and drainage. MacGregor said when accounting for engineering fees and change orders they already anticipate, the project will run about $1,000 over budget.

Sewer repair

The city became aware in mid-July of a partially collapsed barrel inside one its sewer systems along Front and Valley streets and has been working on a temporary fix over the last few weeks.

On Monday, the council approved a contract with Klingner & Associates to more permanently repair the 19th-century structure.

MacGregor said the city already has been billed for about $140,000 in emergency funding, not including $16,000 in engineering fees.

The bid from Klingner authorized spending $218,660 on the 10-inch box repair, but also included two possible projects totaling $116,025 that might need to be addressed once construction crews have a better idea of the scope of the damage.

"The overall cost for everyone involved is pretty high," said city manager Jim Ferneau.

Nancy Neafie Park

Southeast Iowa Regional Planning Commission requested the city approve its Our Town grant application for improvements to Nancy Neafie Park on Jefferson Street in downtown Burlington.

If chosen for the grant, SEIRPC would like to redesign the park to make it a more functional space for small events and gatherings.

It was estimated the project would cost about $50,000, with the grant covering $25,000. In addition to working with the city on the grant, SEIRPC has reached out to Downtown Partners and the Art Center of Burlington to talk about design ideas.

Tama Complex

Council members all thanked the Burlington fire, police and other area emergency crews for their efforts over the weekend to extinguish a massive fire that destroyed the historic Tama Complex downtown. They also acknowledged the many local businesses and residents who donated time and food to first responders as they worked to keep the site safe.

"It's a super long list of people who came down there, yesterday and today," said Fire Chief Matt Trexel.

"That really demonstrates the vitality of Burlington as a whole," Ferneau said. "Much appreciated."