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City Seeking Survey Responses Re: Sanitary Sewer Evaluation

The City of Bloomfield invites citizens to read the following letter from Mayor Dan Wiegand and also to respond to an accompanying survey.

Dear residents,

Bloomfield is embarking on a detailed sanitary sewer evaluation with the Civil Engineering firm, HR Green, Inc. The evaluation will identify potential sewer improvement projects and reduce future wastewater-related operation and maintenance costs. Once completed, these projects should help the City to comply with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Consent Order. More information regarding the Consent Order is included in the enclosed educational flier.

A citizen questionnaire is also attached to ask residents about sewer issues near or around their home. This information is vital in identifying areas of concern throughout town – now is your chance to have a voice in the planning process! We are asking for your support by taking 2-3 minutes to complete the questionnaire. If you are unsure on how to answer any of the questions, please contact Jeremy Walker, Wastewater Superintendent, at 641-664-9658 or jeremy.walker@cityofbloomfield.org. This information is strictly for planning purposes, and no one will be penalized for their answers in the questionnaire.

If you are interested in learning more about the sanitary sewer evaluation, a public meeting will be held in the Community Room at the Bloomfield Public Library on Thursday, November 18th at 5:30 PM.

Sincerely,
Dan Wiegand
Mayor of Bloomfield

Read more in this informational flyer. An online survey can be downloaded HERE or SUBMIT ONLINE.

Thank you!

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Disaster Proclamation Issued

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, July 16, 2021
CONTACT: Pat Garrett, (515) 802-0986

Gov. Reynolds issues disaster proclamation for counties impacted by recent severe weather

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds issued a disaster proclamation today for 10 counties in response to severe weather beginning July 14 and continuing, and for one county in response to severe weather beginning June 24.

The governor’s proclamation allows state resources to be utilized to respond to and recover from the effects of this severe weather and activates the Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program for qualifying residents, along with the Disaster Case Management Program, for Appanoose, Bremer, Calhoun, Davis, Fayette, Lucas, Monroe, Sac, Wapello and Winneshiek counties for the July 14 severe weather, and Lucas County for the June 24 severe weather event.  

The Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program provides grants of up to $5,000 for households with incomes up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level. Grants are available for home or car repairs, replacement of clothing or food, and temporary housing expenses. Original receipts are required for those seeking reimbursement for actual expenses related to storm recovery. The grant application and instructions are available on the Iowa Department of Human Services website at https://dhs.iowa.gov/disaster-assistance-programs. Potential applicants have 45 days from the date of the proclamation to submit a claim.

The Disaster Case Management Program addresses serious needs related to disaster-related hardship, injury, or adverse conditions. Disaster case managers work with clients to create a disaster recovery plan and provide guidance, advice, and referral to obtain a service or resource. There are no income eligibility requirements for this program; it closes 180 days from the date of the governor’s proclamation. For information on the Disaster Case Management Program, contact your local community action association or visit www.iowacommunityaction.org.

The governor had previously issued disaster proclamations for Davis, Linn, Monroe, Van Buren, and Wapello counties in response to the June 24 and continuing severe weather. 

Residents of counties impacted by the recent severe weather are asked to report damage to help local and state officials better understand the damage sustained. Damage to property, roads, utilities and other storm-related information may be reported. This information will be collected by the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and shared with local emergency management agencies. Damage may be reported at www.homelandsecurity.iowa.gov.

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Snow Emergency – January 25, 2021

Mayor Wiegand declared a snow emergency for the City of Bloomfield effective on January 25, 2021 at 6:00 pm until Thursday, January 28th at 8:00 am. All vehicles shall be removed from city streets and right-of-way until 48 hours after the end of the snowfall. Please see the city snow emergency ordinance for details.
City Code Ordinance 69:
69.11 SNOW EMERGENCY.
No person shall park, abandon or leave unattended any vehicle on any public street, alley or City-owned or leased off-street parking area during any snow emergency proclaimed by the Mayor unless the snow has been removed or plowed from said street, alley or parking area and the snow has ceased to fall. A snow emergency parking ban shall continue from its proclamation throughout the duration of the snow or ice storm and the 48-hour period after cessation of such storm except as above provided upon streets which have been fully opened. Such a ban shall be of uniform application and the Police Chief is directed to publicize the requirements widely, using all available news media, in early November each year. Where predictions or occurrences indicate the need, the Mayor shall proclaim a snow emergency and the Police Chief shall inform the news media to publicize the proclamation and the parking rules thereunder. Such emergency may be extended or shortened when conditions warrant.
(Code of Iowa, 321.236[1])
69.12 SNOW ROUTES.
The Council may designate certain streets in the City as snow routes. When conditions of snow or ice exist on the traffic surface of a designated snow route, it is unlawful for the driver of a vehicle to impede or block traffic.

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Restaurant & Bar Relief Grant Program

Governor Reynolds has allocated $40 million in federal CARES Act funds to provide financial relief for eligible restaurants and bars that were impacted during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Iowa Restaurant and Bar Relief Program will assist many Iowa establishments that were among the most directly and hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and associated closures and mitigation efforts.

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The City of Bloomfield is accepting Requests for Qualifications for the position of City Attorney

According to Chapter 20 of our Code of Ordinances, the Council shall appoint a City Attorney for the term of two years. Our current contract concludes on or about January 2021. Please review the scope of services below when submitting your qualifications. 

The scope of services includes, but is not limited to:

  • Review and advise on personnel policies
  • Review, advise and possibly prepare new and existing resolutions
  • Review, advise and possibly prepare new and existing ordinances
  • Review and advise on new or existing contracts or agreements
  • Address all miscellaneous questions and issues that are traditionally part of the normal operating procedures of the City of Bloomfield
  • Review and advise on promissory notes and general obligation bonds
  • Review and advise on document preparation requested from the Auditor or City Council

The City Council would also like to see a cost proposal for the additional items listed below:

  • Attendance in person or by telephone at the City Council Meetings as requested by the Council – please submit either a lump sum cost per meeting or a per-hour cost per meeting attended
  • Provide litigation services on behalf of the City and prosecute or defend actions and proceedings when so requested by the Mayor and/or City Council
  • Hourly rate for items not included in the retainer amount listed above

With your proposal, please submit a complete resume, your educational background, your years of practice and any specializations you may have. Please also note if you have any municipal experience  and experience in the areas of labor, employment, contracts and union negotiations.

The City of Bloomfield has the right to refuse any and all bids. The City also reserves the right to hire additional attorneys/law firms for separate situations as they arise, as this is not an exclusive contract. At the time the attorney and/or firm is chosen by Council, a further defined Agreement for Services will be acted upon.

Please submit the above requested information to the City Clerk by Monday, January 4, 2021. RFQ’s will be reviewed by the City Council at the regularly scheduled council meeting January 7th, 2021.

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