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Neighbors Growing Together | Sep 22, 2014

Kalona City Council agrees no turns from alley

By Mary Zielinski | Jun 12, 2014

KALONA — Semis may use the paved alley just north of B Avenue in Kalona but only between Sixth and Fourth streets.  Turns onto Fifth Street are prohibited.  Action came at Monday’s council meeting  after members learned turning semis had knicked the corner of two downtown buildings: the Kalona Bakery and Financial Concepts.  Truck traffic may enter or exit the alley at either Fourth or Sixth streets where there are no buildings, either way, that could be struck.  Signs, at a cost of $50 each, will be purchase and installed at the alley openings.
The council also accepted the $105,750 bid from Schlabaugh Construction, Kalona, to renovate the city’s maintenance building. Original estimate was $85,000. Work will start in three weeks and includes foundation repairs, interior office, restrooms, work area and a new front facade.
In other business, the council:
• agreed to seek up to $112,400 in State Revovling Loan funds for the west drainage ditch improvements, specifically 1,300 feet of a two-tier buffer strip to relieve flooding problems;
• accepted the resignation of Wesley Rich from the Planning & Zoning Commission.  He has moved out of state;
• agreed to purchase signs noting public parking at the city hall lot; and
• approved dividing a lot, owned by Gaylord and Shirley Yoder near the city softball field.

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