By Steve Peterson
Hawarden councilors started their meeting Sept. 25 with a tour of the Central Avenue project from 10th to 16th Street.
As of Sept. 25, Central Avenue is open from 13th Street to 16th street. It is closed from 10th Street to 12th Street until further notice.
City officials during the tour said they were pleased with the work done by Steven Harris Construction crews.
“They will be backfilling the driveway entrances on Friday (Sept. 27). They made some of the aprons of the driveways wider. Storm sewer and water lines will go in then they will be able to pour concrete again next week (about Oct. 2-4),” said Administrator Gary Tucker.
“They will have to stand by their workmanship for five years. The project should last for 50 years,” said Tucker. He said there have been few if any complaints.
“Thanks for everyone’s patience regarding the Central Avenue project. The project is going along very nicely,” said Mayor Ric Porter.
Access points have been established for business, churches, the City Offices and Wee Care Day Care in the two-block area impacted.
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Councilor Monte Harvey had a request for pet owners.
“I walk the walking trails often. Please pick up your dog’s poop. My wife is a school nurse and once a week she says someone has fallen down after falling in dog poop. It’s gross and it looks bad. If your dog dumps on city property, pick it up. I don’t know why it is so difficult and everyone has to walk around or through dog poop, ” said Harvey.
A second reading of an ordinance amending the city code of ordinances regarding removal of an officers’ communication or control device. This was held and was approved by a 4-0 vote. Councilor Tim Kurth was not present.
At the first reading of the ordinance during the Sept. 11 meeting Tucker said it was suggested by the Iowa Codification service.
Discussed a street project regarding the Gary Wilkison property at 10th Street and Central Avenue.
Tucker said the plan is to make a sidewalk section handicapped accessible but change the angle parking to parallel parking and reducing its total spaces from nine to six and level it off. An early February meeting about the site was held but Wilkison requested to keep the parking as is.
“It is a commercial building. I have to have parking. I have two tenants in it during the day and another at night. I want the access to my parking,” said Wilkison.
The angle parking on the highway side will not take a full-size car, it hangs out into the street. Parallel parking on a busy highway is a little bit different than a city street. I would like the parking left as it is. The city plan looks nice but we had no input prior to a meeting with city staff. We had no idea this was going to be done until that meeting.
The bid was opened for the work on Feb. 6.
“The existing sidewalk does not align and it is also raised about eight inches. It actually jogs onto Wilkison’s property, and it is not handicapped accessible. To have the sidewalk where it should be there will have to be parallel parking. We would have six parallel spots along 10th and three along Central Avenue. There is additional parking on his private property,” said Tucker.
Councilors favored the present city plan for the site and wished not to have more engineering costs.
Councilor Joel Fluit asked Wilkison if there is a chance for a shared cost. He said no.
“It’s a little late in the game,” said Harvey of discussions now.
“We will be putting the new sidewalk in where it is supposed to be so it can be handicapped accessible,” said Tucker. “Working with a state highway it is not the same as dealing with a city street, going through Department of Transportation
“The digital sign at 10th and Central Avenue looks very nice. It will be a great addition to that corner. I would like to thank the Hawarden Community Foundation for a large portion of the funding,” said Porter in his report.
On the consent agenda a request from Shannon Nohava of Pro Sport Bistro for a liquor license transfer to Hawarden Community Center Sept. 28. This was approved by a 4-0 vote.
Approved by a 4-0 vote a request for a liquor license transfer from Brian Engleman of Sportsman’s Lanes and Lounge to the Hawarden Community Center Oct. 5.
Hawarden councilors’ regular meetings are the second and fourth Wednesday of each month, at 5:30 p.m., at Hawarden City Offices. Oct. 9 is the next meeting. Meetings are open to the public.