Clearwell was hired by the owners of the Redwood Manor Manufactured Home Community to evaluate the existing sanitary sewer system and recommend improvements.  The existing septic system which served 140 homes, was failing and the tanks were being pumped every two to three weeks to prevent backups.  Clearwell reviewed the existing system and determined that due to high ground water in the area, the existing leach fields were not draining, which was causing backups in the system.  In addition, the existing septic tanks were far too small for the newer homes that had been moved into the community.

Due to County requirements, the existing septic system could not be repaired, and the community was required to connect to a recent sanitary sewer extension that was completed by the City of Pontic.  The connection required the installation of a new collection system throughout the community and extension of a main across the adjacent county highway.  The City’s sewer is a 10” force main, which required a lift station to be located at the downstream end of the community’s collection system.  Contractor cost estimates were north of $1.8 million dollars for the proposed improvements

Based on the high costs of the proposed improvements, Clearwell evaluated additional options and determined that a Septic Tank Effluent Pump system could be used, which would cost the community approximately $900,000 in capital costs.   Project design and approval is underway, with construction expected in the Spring of 2021.

A $150,000 storm sewer replacement project was completed to mitigate local flooding issues due to collapsed and undersized storm sewer running through the Cloverleaf Village Manufactured Home Community.  The existing pipe had failed and ponding from the upstream wetlands area was flooding the park.  The project included 650’ of 30” RCP storm sewer, installed between two wetland areas.  The pipe is located in the middle of a residential neighborhood and a safety apron and grate was installed on the upstream end to mitigate the potential for children to become trapped in the sewer.  The new pipe was installed along the existing sewer’s alignment due to the tight work area.  Due to the wetlands at each end of this storm sewer project, permitting through the City of Moline, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the Army Corp of Engineers was required.

The project was bid and awarded to a local contractor and completed in September 2020.  In addition to the design and permitting work associated with the project, Clearwell prepared bid documents, let the project, provided a review and comparison of received bids.  Clearwell provided construction observation and reviewed/recommended approval of pay applications from the contractor.

Initial contractor proposals estimated the cost of the proposed improvements at $450,000.  After Clearwell evaluated the existing condition, it was determined that many of the initially proposed improvements would not provide the benefit desired.  A revised approach was recommended and approved by the community owner, which addressed the concerns and saved approximately $300,000 in the process.

Clearwell Works with Impact Cares in Table Mound MHC

Clearwell recently volunteered with members of the Impact Cares team for some community cleanup work at the Table Mound community in Dubuque, IA.  It was a hot day but the work was fun and rewarding.  Impact Cares travels the country working in different communities to help residents with home repairs.  Repairs include roofing, painting, flooring, deck and stair repairs.  Clearwell has joined the Cares team for two projects recently.  A roofing project at the Cedar Falls Five Seasons community and a house painting project at Table Mound.    For more information on any of the projects mentioned in the article, please call Joe Mailander at 319-654-4911.

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Clearwell staff designed storm sewer safety features for culverts in Cedar Rapids.  Improvements include a safety apron with a 4:1 slope, replacing the flared end section.  Safety grates are spaced to allow water flow as well as provide a “ladder” if someone is trapped.  Maintenance access pads to allow easy access for debris removal.  Low flows are not restricted as the bottom grate is raised 8 inches from the ground.

Storm Safety Grate

The City of Cedar Rapids has made a number of safety improvements to their existing storm sewer system in the wake of a tragic accident in 2014.  It is the hope that these improvements prevent future accidents, while maintaining the function and capacity of the sewer system.

Clearwell is excited to become an Iowa Manufactured Housing Association member, providing engineering services to MHC owners.  The President of IMHA was kind enough to meet with Clearwell to discuss the current state of manufactured housing in Iowa.  A big thank you to Joe Kelly for his time and information.

The Iowa Manufactured Housing Association (IMHA) was formally organized in December of 1947. The reason for its existence is the same today as it was back then.

An industry, profession, or organization of any kind is always more efficient and productive than any one person working alone. As society has become more complex, the need for strong associations is even more evident.

The objectives of IMHA are set by the board of directors in response to the needs expressed by individual members. The chief value of any association is providing a framework for members to get together to solve problems, to take advantage of opportunities, and to improve the professionalism of the industry through research and training. Studies show that business owners who isolate themselves, who don’t join associations, are more likely to fail than those who belong to associations.

IMHA represents all segments of the industry: manufacturers of manufactured and modular homes, retailers, community owners, suppliers, and service companies.

Manufactured homes are built to mandatory building codes, under the controlled conditions of a factory. It’s the most precise way to build a house and represents the most value for your money.

Clearwell attended the 2020 Manufactured Home Show in Louisville, Kentucky to view over 50 manufactured home models from the nation’s largest manufacturers.  The annual Louisville Show brings out an array of new manufactured home designs, the latest in technology, the best in suppliers’ offerings and a look at all the newest amenities and system-built options the industry can offer.  The Kentucky Exposition Center hosted 3500+ attendees, multiple seminars on management and home sales, and service providers from all over the country.  Within the Exposition Center were over 50 new model homes from manufactures such as Clayton Homes, Skyline Homes, Fleetwood Homes, Cavco Industries, and many others.  Homes ranged in size from 950 SF to 1,900 SF, which included one- and two-story homes with incredible kitchen and bathroom designs.  Clearwell was able to meet with numerous industry specialist and gain a much better understanding of the manufactured home industry.

The show has been an annual event for the past 60 years and is put on by Show Ways Unlimited.  The 2020 Louisville Show will treat you to a spectacular array of NEW HOMES, PRODUCTS, AND SERVICES. Whatever your inventory requires, you’re likely to find the most exciting single-section and system-built homes. It will be a feast for the eyes for all of you, with endless possibilities and combinations. It’s also an excellent opportunity to cut great deals; be the first to see new product/home introductions; talk with R&D and marketing execs; compare prices, service, and follow-through…and network with industry professionals.  http://thelouisvilleshow.com/.

Clearwell is licensed and registered in Nebraska

Clearwell, PLLC is registered to provide professional engineering services in the State of Illinois.  Registration in Illinois now allows Clearwell to practice in Iowa, Nebraska, Illinois, Colorado and Idaho.  Organizations practicing or offering to practice engineering and/or architecture in Nebraska must apply to the Board for a Certificate of Authorization.

  • If the organization practices architecture, designate one Nebraska-licensed architect as the Architect in Responsible Charge (AIC). The AIC must regularly perform professional services for the organization for the duration of the certificate of authorization.
  • If the organization practices engineering, designate one Nebraska-licensed professional engineer as the Engineer in Responsible Charge (EIC). The EIC must regularly perform professional services for the organization for the duration of the certificate of authorization.
  • If the organization practices both architecture and engineering, designate one Nebraska-licensed architect as the AIC and one Nebraska-licensed professional engineer as the EIC. Both licensees must regularly perform professional services for the organization for the duration of the certificate of authorization.

If you own a manufactured home community in Nebraska and would like to have a free, confidential conversation regarding utility improvements or expansion options, please call Joe Mailander at 319-654-4911.

Clearwell is licensed and registered in Illinois

Clearwell, PLLC is registered to provide professional engineering services in the State of Illinois.  Registration in Illinois now allows Clearwell to practice in Iowa, Nebraska, Illinois, Colorado and Idaho.  In the State of Illinois, each of the Design Profession Acts requires any business that offers or provides professional design services in Illinois to be registered with the Department as a Professional Design Firm. The only exception to this statutory requirement is a licensed sole proprietor who offers or provides design services in his or her individual name and is not employing other individuals to perform work for which professional licensure is required. However, any sole proprietorship conducting business as a design professional under an assumed name is required to register as a professional design firm. Any sole proprietorship not owned by an Illinois licensed design professional is prohibited from offering professional engineering services to the public. Each Registered Professional Design Firm is authorized to provide specific types of work, namely architecture, professional engineering, structural engineering and/or land surveying. All technical submissions prepared by a Professional Design Firm shall contain the design firm registration number issued by the Department. Local code enforcement officials may contact the Department at www.idfpr.com to verify the type of business entity, the firm registration number, the expiration of registration and the specific type of work the firm is authorized to perform. A code enforcement official may also request from the firm a copy of its Professional Design Firm Registration. It is a violation of the Design Profession Acts to solicit or provide services if the firm is not authorized to offer that type of work.

If you own a manufactured home community in Illinois and would like to have a free, confidential conversation regarding utility improvements or expansion options, please call Joe Mailander at 319-654-4911.

Clearwell, PLLC Featured in Joanne Stevens’ Monthly Newsletter

Clearwell was recently featured in Joanne Stevens’ December 2019 newsletter to manufactured home community owners.  Clearwell’s experience with manufactured home community utility improvements and flood plain permitting was highlighted.  Clearwell is proud of the work we have done to improve communities in Illinois, Iowa and Nebraska.  These improvements have helped owners move in new homes on long time vacant lots.  For more information on any of the projects mentioned in the article, please call Joe Mailander at 319-654-4911.

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