The Rowan City Council has agreed to accept a grant and loan from the USDA to help pay for a town-wide septic tank project.
Mayor Ron Bailey told the newspaper Monday that Rowan will accept a $1.13 million grant and a $590,000 loan offered by the government. The loan will be paid back over 40 years at 2.5 percent interest.
The city council decided several weeks ago to start charging $55 per month on all the water bills in town to help build a fund for sewer/septic improvements. (The cost to retire a $590,000 debt over 40 years at 2.5 percent interest is $1,950 a month.)
City leaders are planning to install individual septic tanks and leach fields at homes that have large enough lots, according to the mayor. Other homes will have a septic tank but share a leach field with neighbors. One such site for a large, multiple-user leach field is the old school property. Other sites have yet to be determined.
The city will own the tanks and keep them pumped out every couple of years. We will take care of maintenance as long as the homeowner doesnt somehow damage their system, Bailey said.
Since the septic tanks wont drain to a stream or river -- the waste water will trickle away into the ground -- this will keep the Iowa Department of Natural Resources out of the equation, Bailey added. However, the USDA has some requirements, and well have to have an engineer figure out our system of multiple septic tanks. We are also working with the county sanitarian regarding state rules on septic tanks.