Patience finally paid off Wednesday for Columbus Junction, when the City Council approved contracts for two water improvement projects the city has been seeking for nearly four years.    

The council approved a $3.15 million contract with WRH Inc., South Amana, Iowa, for construction of a new water treatment plant and a $307,882 contract with Cole Construction, Keosauqua, Iowa, to upgrade the Iowa River levee.

Both projects were started shortly after the 2008 flood, which inundated most of the lower east side of the community, including the city’s current water treatment facility. The city received nearly $4 million in grant funding for the work.

Officials were unsure when work will begin, but some activity is expected this fall on both.    

In other action, the council received the latest draft of a city comprehensive plan update. Th plan includes both Columbus Junction and Columbus City and will update a 2007 document that also included Fredonia.

A trails plan also was presented to the council, which is expected to consider its adoption later this month.

The council approved Trick or Treat Night for Oct. 31 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.