Falcon trail work to be done locally

Posted September 17, 2013 at 8:28 pm

Hawarden Councilors voted to seek new bids for the Falcon Drive walking trail after one bid to do the work was rejected last month.

The city has received a grant from Iowa Department of Transportation.

The walking trail will be built next spring in sections, Iowa Highway 10 to 11th Street is 430 feet; 11th to 12th Street, 465 feet; 12th to 14th Street, 825 feet and 14th to 16rth Street, 880 feet.

Under the state grant the only bidder bid $190,412 for the work on a required eight-foot wide trail. The DOT grant was for $95,000. The city may still apply for future grants.

The city trail would be six feet wide and cost an estimated $62,800.

“We would have more control over the project and could give it to a local contractor. We plan on bidding it and having the trail built in the spring,” said City Administrator Gary Tucker.

The vote to do the project locally was 3-0. Councilors Larry Bauder and Tim Kurth were not present Sept. 11.

In other agenda items for the Sept. 11 regular meeting:

Councilors held the first reading of an ordinance amending the code of ordinances for the City of Hawarden by adding provisions to removal of an officers’ communication or control device. The ordinance was approved by a 3-0 vote.

“This came from the Iowa Codification Service. They look at issues which were passed by the State Legislature and suggest changes to our code,” said Tucker.

A resolution approving the Street Financial Report from July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013 was approved.

In the consent agenda request councilors considered Shannon Nohava of Pro Sport Bistro to transfer a liquor license to Hawarden Community Center on Sept. 14. This was approved.

Mayor-staff reports

In his mayor’s report, Mayor Ric Porter made mention of the night being the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorists’ attacks.

Porter thanked efforts of volunteers for the success of this year’s Big Sioux River Days, Aug. 31 to Sept. 2.

Porter mentioned he and Don Nolan attended the Siouxland Community Foundation’s banquet recently. The Hawarden Community Foundation is part of the Siouxland group. “The Hawarden Community Foundation is a great way to enhance the community,” said Porter.

Mid-Sioux Opportunity, based in Remsen, sent a letter thanking the city for its recent contribution to the social service agency. “Local government support from cities and counties allows us to assist 10,500 families; have food distribution; an Adopt a Family program; and assist people locally,” said Executive Director Dick Sievers in a letter to the city.

Public Works Director Tom Kane reminded that the fall city-wide clean-up will take place Oct. 4, 5 and 6.

Hawarden Councilors meet the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at Hawarden City Offices. The next meeting will be Sept. 25.

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