Kalona to improve city park
KALONA — Rather than repair or replace benches, swings or park surfaces one at at time, council member Dave Bentley Monday asked the council to make it a total one-time project. Rough estimate for the entire park improvement project is less than $15,000 and the council agreed with Bentley that the Parks and Recreation Superintendent Jake Anderson should bring firm figures to the Feb. 4 meeting. Included will be cost for repainting of playground equipment.
The action followed a report from Anderson about playground equipment, surfacing work and shelter facilities repairs to be done this spring.
City Administrator Ryan Schlabaugh noted that the city already has done considerable Community Center updates for recreation programs as well as a complete pool overhaul. It is time, he said, to upgrade the park itself.
He also noted that the city hopes to have Carlie Bender as its pool manager for the season that opens Memorial Day.
Another improvement project is the storm sewer that runs south from A Avenue to the English River, a segment of which was closed off years ago. Recent work in the area uncovered a variety of tiles and pipes including the original wooden sewer line. The line drains a good portion of the southeast part of the town, Schlabaugh said. He recommended that the line still used be replaced and that all engineering, testing and plan development by the city’s consulting engineers, Garden & Associates, would cost a maxmimum of $7,500.
“But it may well be less.”
The council authorized Schlabaugh to proceed with the project, returning to the council with a full plan at a later meeting.
In other business, the council:
• approved purchase of defribilators for the Community Center and pool area at a cost of $2,600, most of which will be covered by a grant from the Washington County Riverboat Foundation (WCRF);
• approved a resolution approving seeking a $250,000 WCRF grant by the Kalona Volunteer Fire Department for a front line engine fire truck; and
• were asked by Mayor Ken Herington to consider nominees for the WCRF board since Ronald C. Slechta of Kalona was not reappointed to it last week.