The Storm Lake City Council Monday agreed to have Fox Engineering of Ames determine the nature of odor problems on the northeast side of the lake.
The study, which will cost a maximum of $19,300, was the lesser of two bids.
The other bid was by Veenstra and Kimm for $33,850.
The area that Fox will study includes the Memorial lift station, Scout Park lift station, and College Street lift station. Fox will study both hydrogen sulfide levels and determine possible major industrial contaminates in the study.
As part of its contract, Fox will also work with city staff to determine possible problems and how to stop the odor.
In other business Monday, the Council:
*Prior to the meeting saw Mayor John Kruse swear in Patrick Diekman as a new officer with the Storm Lake Police Department. From Elgin, Diekman will attend police academy before assuming his full duties.
*Had unanimous approval of a rezoning ordinance for property owned by Buena Vista Regional Medical Center. The rezoning is to have part of the property conform to existing use and to make room for an employee parking lot.
*Approved no-parking variances for Buena Vista University along Grand Avenue from Peterson Drive north to Iowa Street and West Fourth Street from College Street west to Early Street. The street closings would be Aug. 28-29 and again next May 19. BVU will assume responsibility for barricading streets and traffic control during the closures.
*Approved change orders for the Lake Avenue street improvement project. The change order changed the contract by $43,385.49 to $232,099.03.