Kalona gets FEMA update, reviews grants
KALONA — In a relatively brief meeting Monday, the Kalona Council received an update about the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) mapping and the resultant eligibility for national flood plain insurance.
City Administrator Ryan Schlabaugh said that Kalona staff will meet Wednesday with the Iowa Flood Center to review provisions, especially since the preferred risk rate has been extended for at least two years. He indicated that progress is going well.
Schlabaugh also reviewed the four grants (totaling $26,000) that Kalona received from the Washington County Riverboat Foundation (WCRF) that will help pay for Phase 2 ball field renovations, a baseball/softball machine and a park shelter renovation. The fourth item was to aid with purchase of an AED/defibrillator. The grants were awarded Dec. 5, and work is expected to start this spring and be done before fall.
In other business, the board:
• approved payment No. 1 to All-American Concrete for the A Avenue Project in the amount of $145,065.75 with Schlabaugh noting, “They did a good job”;
• learned that the city is in the process of evaluating all city park equipment. Jake Andersen, the parks and recreation superintendent, is in charge of the work;
• learned that the city purchased new sofas for the television room at a cost of approximately $800; and
• were asked by council member Dave Bentley to come up with a long-term “game plan” for the city park, especially in view of the facility being a city investment.