City must satisfy loan stipulations
By Bert Lehman
Stipulations still need to be satisfied before the Clintonville Wastewater Treatment Facility project can begin.
The stipulations are required by Rural Development, the organization the city is receiving a loan from to do the project.
David Tichinel, water and wastewater manager for the city of Clintonville, told the Clintonville City Council at its June 14 meeting that one of the stipulations will probably delay the project for a month before bids can be obtained for the project.
“We’re actually ready to go to bid right now but RD (Rural Development) has to have all their paperwork through their lawyer and it has to be exactly the way they want it before they are going to give us the OK to bid this job out,” Tichinel said.
One of the stipulations requires the city to obtain title insurance for all work done.
Tichinel said it will probably be the end of July before that is concluded.
“The title insurance basically guarantees the federal government that we have ownership of every parcel that we’re working on, clear ownership, no clouded titles,” said Clintonville City Administrator Chuck Kell.
Kell added that the insurance is based on the loan, and he estimated it will cost the city at least $7,000. He said he thinks the grant program will cover that expense.
“It’s a necessary thing we have to have because the federal government doesn’t want money being spent on some project that they find out later has a clouded title that we don’t have clear ownership over,” Kell said.
Another stipulation requires the city to have an ADA study of all of its buildings, as well as a transition plan.
“We have to make sure that all of our facilities are handicap accessible and a study with that,” Kell said. “The transition plan is how the city intends, in those cases where we have facilities that aren’t ADA compliant, that they’ll be brought into compliance.”
Kell added that the city should have had to do this when the police department building project took place.
“But I can’t find anybody who can tell me it was done,” Kell said.
There is also nothing in the police department building project file, Kell said.
He said all these stipulations need to be met before the city will receive any loan funds.
Tichinel said it has taken a lot of time of city personnel to get to Rural Development all the information it has requested.
“I just wanted to give you an update because obviously you haven’t seen any dirt being moved yet,” Tichinel said. “There’s a reason. RD, they want everything right. We have to more or less, wait for their authorization, even to write a check out for this project. We’re constantly waiting on them to give us the next step. Hopefully this is the last step.”