City of Clarion CIP

Clarion, IA | Public Works

Overview

ISG partnered with the City of Clarion to develop a Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) to identify critical infrastructure improvements, led the city in implementing identified projects, and assisted the city with securing grant funding.


Opportunity

The City of Clarion was proactive and identified the need to prioritize and assess the city’s infrastructure and brought in ISG, also serving as their City Engineer, to evaluate the city’s many infrastructure and utility systems and facilities and provide a Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) to guide city investment and planning.

The City of Clarion also recognized the need to expand the parks system in the near future and looked at potential sites, park features and amenities, and provided graphic visualizations.

Solution

ISG developed a Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) that prioritized critical infrastructure projects, including solutions addressing the city’s previous flooding concerns, while also identifying potential funding opportunities for each of the projects. Additionally, ISG provided design and engineering solutions for the major concerns that were identified during the planning process, detailed below.

Stormwater Drainage Study

Large rainfall events in Clarion historically resulted in flooding that caused substantial hazards and problems for Clarion’s residents and existing stormwater infrastructure. The CIP identified the need for further analysis, so ISG did a thorough study of the storm sewer system and recommended solutions for three areas of the community that struggled the most with stormwater control. These solutions included a combination of detention basins, storm sewer improvements, and downstream drainage improvements that would all mitigate flooding during large rainfall events for Clarion and the surrounding areas.

Water Main Improvement Design Planning

With little time to spare before the City’s Low to Moderate (LMI) study expired and with the project being in a low-moderate income area, ISG developed a Preliminary Engineering Report (PER) for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) submittal analyzing the need for water main improvements to the existing system. Understanding that an expedited schedule was critical to capitalizing on the existing LMI study, ISG completed all services in a month’s time.


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