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Neighbors Growing Together | Sep 16, 2014

Kalona considers floodplain ordinance

By Mary Zielinski | Nov 07, 2012

KALONA — The Kalona City Council Monday held the first reading of its flood plain ordinance,a necessary requirement for the city to participate in the National Floodplain Insurance Program (NFIP).  Mayor Ken Herington asked that there be a full three readings to allow time for any questions or comments from residents.
The ordinance follows the recent Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) mapping of Kalona (and the county) which become final Jan, 16.
In a related matter, the council also set a public hearing for 7 p.m. Nov. 19 to discuss a proposed Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan resolution.  The county supervisors approved such a resolution Monday morning for the unincorporated areas of Washington County.
The mitigation plan, noted City Administrator Ryan Schlabaugh, will open some grant resources to Kalona from the federal government.  It is a two-year process, he said, that will go through the East Central Iowa Council of Governments.
The council also held a first reading to amend the city code in Kalona by adopting current building codes.  Herington said “this brings us up to date.”
A second reading (and possible passage) will be at the Nov. 19 meeting.
In other business, the council:
• was asked by residents to consider a possible burn ban in view of not just leaf burning but trash burning by residents.  The council agreed to make it an agenda item for the Nov. 19 meeting with Schlabaugh noting a change in the burn ordinance is a “pretty straightforward” process.
• discuss creation of a city-owned-and-regulated compost area and authorized the city administrator to apply for assistance from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources in planning and design.  There is no charge for the services;
• learned that a second meeting regarding various issues at the mobile home park is set for 7 p.m. Nov.r 14;
• learned that the Open House for the city’s recreational facilities in the Kalona Community Center is 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 17.  Among the improvements are 11 new pieces of exercise and training equipment;and
• approved a cemetery deed for Alyssa Williams.

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