Kalona will replace a problematic water main this fall.

At the recent meeting, the city council accepted a $65,960 bid from Maxwell Construction of Iowa City. The project includes completely replacing the line that runs on H Avenue between 6th and 7th Streets. City Administrator Ryan Schlabaugh says the water main has been an issue for the city, “I went back through and looked, we’ve had four incidences where we needed to be up there. Three times we’ve put Fernco, which is just a patch. Then we’ve had a valve issue on the west side. In a perfect world, we wouldn’t put this line in again if we were re-doing things, but it’s there and it services homes.”

Schlabaugh says they will begin letting residents know about the scope of work. The project is expected to get underway in the fall.