Kalona to allow chickens in town
KALONA — Chickens may take up residence in Kalona as long as no rooster shows up and the birds and eggs are for personal only by the owner. The decision by the council Monday permits up to four chickens as backyard residents, provided space and shelter guidelines are met and no neighbors object.
The council approved an application that covers all requirements and allows requests to be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. City officials reported there had been no objections raised to the plan.
The council also offered support for a proposed Kalona Trails Project presented by Vanessa Fixmer-Oraize, the English River Watershed Management Authority (ERWMA) watershed planning intern, and three University of Iowa graduate students. The project potentially could take 10 years to achieve in three phases and is aimed at providing an alternative to driving in the town, including addressing “barriers” in the form of two state highways. Informal community surveys showed residents were interested in linked paved trails throughout the city. Cost estimates for the entire project, including paving, lighting, bike racks, landscaping and signage is $199,685 to $204,615. The trail network would incorporate the Safe Routes to Schools project. As presented Monday, Phase 1 would be three years and would involve Highway 22 and the the city park as well as six city streets, cost of which is estimated between $90,825 and $92,565. Phase 2 is a five-year one with a price of $13,460 to $16,650. Phase 3, to cover a decade, could see further development and even crossing bridges over Highway 1 and/or Highway 22.
The report was a preliminary one, and the council was told the four will return with a final one this summer. Funding is likely to be mainly from grants, said City Administrator Ryan Schlabaugh.
Schlabaugh reported that the A Avenue storm sewer extension is done and that the line was connected during last week’s period of heavy rains “and worked well.” The $60,783 project was done by Maxwell Construction.
Bid letting for a secondary sewer project for pipe and spot repairs and a Division 2 forced main, was set for 7 p.m. June 16, following the bid opening at 10 a.m. June 12. The city has been approved for $503,000 State Revolving Loan Fund (SRF) loan to finance most of the work. The loan action simply awaits the 30-day notice for completion of the environmental study.
In other business, the council:
• approved the 2013-14 budget amendment reflecting a $250,000 change in revenues and expenses; and
• opened the single bid from Chris Schlabach Construction of $105,750 for the renovation and additions to the city’s maintenance building. Estimate was $85,000 and the council deferred any action pending review of the plan.
There had been four who obtained bid documents;
• learned that Schlabaugh and Mid-Prairie Superintendent Mark Schneider will meet with bonding attorneys in Des Moines to obtain clarification about what would be involved in a possible joint recreational facility between the district and the city;
• learned that clean up day resulted in 6.64 tons of general waste, including 2,060 pounds of scrap and three-quarter tons of tires collected;
• learned that a $300 pump was replaced at the city swimming pool, well before opening May 24;
•reviewed plans for street work projects on Third Street, E Place, K Avenue, Third Street and G Avenue and a long-term one for B Avenue, the city’s main street; and
• approved hiring an additional full-time general laborer, a position already in the city budget;
• approved the final plat for the Swamp Subdivision just outside the city limits on the west side of Highway 2 south of Kalona. Although there are three platted lots beyond the Kalona Tire Company and another building, the council was told further development is unlikely by the owner.
•approved a resolution supporting two applications for $2,000 mini grants from the Washington County Riverboat Foundation.