Water and fire at Kalona council
KALONA — A key drainage ditch, a long-term English River watershed plan and possibly modifying the burn ordinance made key issues of water and fire at Kalona’s council meeting last week. A detailed study of the west drainge ditch as part of future flood mitigation efforts was approved at a cost of $12,000. It will be done by Garden & Associates, the city’s consulting engineers.
Creation of the English River Watershed Authority, involving 14 cities and three counties, is progressing, said city Administrator Ryan Schlabaugh.
“There will be a meeting with us, Wellman and Riverside at noon Wednesday in the city hall, to discuss the plan,” he said, noting the three northern Washington County cities are the largest part of the flood plan. The Iowa Flood Center, based at the University of Iowa, and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources is aiding with forming the Watershed Authority and will have representatives at the meeting.
The issue of residents burning items in burn barrels or openly outside included questions if it was burning or how it was done. Council member Dave Bentley, indicating there already is an ordinance, said, “We don’t enforce what we have now,” that people should simply be made aware they can burn yard waste, but not trash. A big matter is leaves, and since the city offers no alternative for their disposal, members agreed leaf burning should be allowed, but possibly limited to certain times.
Mayor Ken Herington who admitted he would like to get rid of burn barrels, asked the Buildings and Grounds Committee to review the ordinance and return with suggestions for the meeting May 6.
Kalona also is making progress regarding a possible joint community/recreational center with the Mid-Prairie School District and has received nearly 150 resident survey responses. Results will be provided at the May 6 council meeting.
In other business, the council:
• deferred discussion of the sanitary sewer lining to May 6;
• accepted two bids from L L Pelling of $5,850 to repair part of 14th Street and $9,782 to repair the parking lot and road to the municipal pool in the city park. Resurfacing will be with asphalt;
• approved a street light resolution for the Stables Subdivision on J Avenue that calls for a decorative light pole and LED lighting; and
• approved a beer permit, Sunday sales and outdoor services for the Kalona Brewery Company that is expected to open in late May or early June.