BOONE, Iowa—It seems like it’s taken a long time and it has, but the Boone City Council will finally get to the next step in a project that would modify the Boone Waterworks Dam on Des Moines River. The low head dam was the site of a drowning about four years ago that led to a court settlement that said the City would modify the dam to improve the safety. Boone quickly secured grant funds to cover a big share of the project and set aside funds to pay for the work. Last week, the Council’s Utility Committee found out that bid for materials ended up pushing the total bid to about 26% more than estimated. Besides the grant funds, the city has received engineering services from the Iowa DNR. Removing the dam is not an option, because it holds back river water that then supplies water to the waterworks well field. Utility Superintendent Roy Martin had used targeted additional repairs as part of the project. The full Council will need to decide if they wish to proceed or start over with the project.