New power plant work moves forward

A few new details on the proposed natural gas fired power plant from Alliant Energy were revealed Wednesday during the Marshall County Board of Supervisors meeting.

Kenn Vinson, business manager of the Marshall Economic Development Impact Committee, said if permits go as hoped, construction could start on the 600-megawatt facility during the fourth quarter of 2014 with the plant set to open in June 2017.

Alliant held a bidding conference for the construction work on Dec. 6, and bids are due back in March with the Alliant board possibly approving bids in July, Vinson said.

The plant will be located on the southwest corner of Alliant property near the current coal plant and near Nevada Street as it heads east out of Marshalltown.

Vinson said the new tax revenue on the plant is expected to reach $1.7 million.

A public information meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Jan. 15 in Dejardin Hall at Marshalltown Community College to discuss the pipeline for the plant. The pipeline will connect to a line in the northeast portion of the county and all affected landowners and adjacent landowners have received certified letters on the project.

In other economic development news, Tom Deimerly, president of Marshall Development Impact Committee, said Marshalltown is one of three Iowa communities in the running to land an employer which would bring 50 new jobs to the area and could expand to a total of 150 jobs.

“We are in pretty tight competition with other communities in Iowa,” Deimerly said.

Deimerly did not want to disclose the name of the company that is looking into this project.

He also said there is a possibility of a manufacturer in the fruits and vegetable industry that also could be seeking to do business in the area, bringing with it eight new jobs.