Des Moines approves $ 83,000 contract to study long-standing odor problem

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Des Moines City Council on Monday took its final step in a decades-long saga to get to the bottom of the infamous stench that regularly blankets downtown and the East Village. The board voted on Monday to approve a $ 83,000 contract with the company that won a bid to study Illinois-based RK And Associates. People who have lived, worked, or visited downtown for quite some time know all about the smell. The residents KCCI spoke to all had different ways of describing him. “I would describe it as burnt flesh crossed with a putrid trash,” said Des Moines resident Jennifer Morrow. Meanwhile, resident Anne Price compared it to “dog food or chicken.” new plan, RK And Associates will review 2 years of complaints, develop an “odor monitoring plan” and collect air samples to determine which compounds are lurking behind the stench, according to a city council document. The company “will also help the city to assess all existing odor regulations and help select the most appropriate for its specific general use or to target a specific industry in city premises,” the document said. In the past, city officials attributed the odor problems to a rendering plant on the east coast. No matter where it emanates from, some residents feel the stench is reflecting poorly on the city, potentially deterring visitors from returning. “I think it’s a problem and they need to fix it,” said Margie Costello. “If people come to visit us, they don’t want to remember that (Des Moines) stinks.” Not everyone thinks this is the case. “I mean, everyone knows Cedar Rapids stinks, but people always go there,” Morrow said. City council documents don’t set a timeline for RK And Associates to finish the job.

Des Moines City Council on Monday took its final step in a decades-long saga to get to the bottom of the infamous stench that regularly blankets downtown and the East Village.

The board voted on Monday to approve a $ 83,000 contract with the company that won a bid to study Illinois-based RK And Associates.

People who have lived, worked, or visited downtown long enough know all about the smell. The residents KCCI spoke to all had different ways of describing him.

“I would describe it as burnt flesh crossed with a putrid trash,” said Jennifer Morrow, a resident of Des Moines.

Meanwhile, resident Anne Price compared it to “dog food or chicken.”

As part of the new plan, RK And Associates will review 2 years of complaints, develop an “odor monitoring plan” and collect air samples to determine what compounds are behind the stench, according to a city council document.

The company “will also help the City to assess all existing odor regulations and
help select the most suitable for its specific general use or target a
specific sector in the premises of the City ”, indicates the document.

In the past, city officials attributed the odor problems to a rendering plant in the east of the city. No matter where it emanates from, some residents feel the stench is reflecting poorly on the city, potentially deterring visitors from returning.

“I think it’s a problem and they need to fix it,” said Margie Costello. “If people come to visit us, they don’t want to remember (Des Moines) as being stinky.”

However, not everyone thinks this is the case.

“I mean, everyone knows Cedar Rapids stinks, but people always go there,” Morrow said.

City council documents do not set a timeline for RK And Associates to complete the job.

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