The Bode City Council met in special session Tuesday December 19, 2023 in the council chambers. All members were present, also present Stacy Lentsch from Midas Council of Government. Mayor Peterson called the meeting to order. A motion was made by Miller, second by Tepner to approve the agenda as posted, all ayes motion carried.

This being the time and place specified for holding a public hearing to discuss the submittal of a Community Development Block Grant application to request funding for manhole and sanitary sewer rehabilitation, sewer main lining, and sludge removal for the lagoon. The City Clerk announced that no written objections had been placed on file.  Whereupon, the Mayor called for any written or oral objections, and there being none.


A Community Development & Housing Needs Assessment was conducted by Stacy and reviewed by the City Council. Items listed included Low to moderate Income (LMI) households within the city limits, this list ranged from enhancing the overall surroundings, promoting energy efficiency, rebuilding or renovating existing lots, as well as enhancing opportunities for our residents’ while being mindful of expenses. The council rated priorities on the list from high/medium/low.





December 19, 2023

5:30 PM


How the need for the proposed activities were identified.

Normally, the city would open up the lagoon for drawdown about every 6 months. However, they were having to open up the lagoon earlier than anticipated and leave it open longer than expected so it wouldn’t go over capacity. The City had to call the Iowa DNR to get permission to do this as it is over what their NPDES permit allows. The City thought there might be a problem with infiltration/inflow, but also wanted to see if there were other issues contributing to the problem.

How the proposed activities will be funded and sources of funds.

The City will apply for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) from the Iowa Department of Economic Development and the balance will be paid with State Revolving Loan Funds (SRF), and additional city funds (if needed).

Date application will be submitted.

Before 11:59 p.m. on January 1st, 2024.

Requested amount of Federal funds.

The City will request approximately $500,000 in Federal funds from the IEDA CDBG Water/Sewer Fund, which includes $20,000 for administration and $480,000 for construction, engineering, and related costs.

Estimated portion of Federal funds requested that would benefit persons of low and moderate income.

The proposed project will benefit the entire City of Bode. Approximately 63.2% of Bode’s population is considered low and moderate income, so that is the estimated LMI percentage that will benefit from this project. Approximately $316,000 of CDBG funds will benefit LMI persons.

Where the proposed activities will be conducted.

The sewer pipe/manhole repairs will take place throughout the city of Bode and within the existing city right-of-way. Sludge removal will occur at the lagoons located just east of the city limits along the railroad tracks.

Plans to minimize displacement of persons and businesses as a result of funded activities.

No permanent displacement of persons or businesses will occur. 


Plans to assist persons actually displaced.

No permanent displacement of persons or businesses will occur. In the unlikely event that someone is temporarily displaced for their safety, accommodations will be made and funded by the grant program.

The nature of the proposed activities.

The project will include removing sludge in the lagoons and rehabilitation of the sanitary sewer collection system including cleaning, root removal, trenchless CIPP lining of sewer mains, repairing leaks, protruding tap removal, and rehabilitation of approximately 29 manholes.


The person(s) authorized to receive and respond to citizen proposals, questions and complaints concerning proposed or funded activities will be:

Becky Struthers                                                                   Stacy Lentsch

City Clerk, City of Bode                                                       MIDAS Council of Governments

105 Humboldt Avenue                                                         602 1st Avenue South

Bode, IA 50519                                                                    Fort Dodge, IA  50501

(515) 379-1486                                                                    (515) 576-7183 ext. 212                                                  


The person(s) available and able to provide technical assistance to groups representing low- and moderate-income persons in preparing and presenting their proposals for the request and use of federal funds.

MIDAS Council of Governments

602 1st Avenue South

Fort Dodge, IA  50501

(515) 576-7183 


Mayor Peterson declared the public Hearing closed, following the signing of the Minority Impact Statement and the Federal Assurances Signature Page.


A motion was made by Rongved, second by Tepner to adjourn @ 6:40PM


Becky Struthers, City Clerk