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Neighbors Growing Together | Oct 17, 2017

City approves land purchase

By John Butters | Aug 08, 2017
Council members approved a real estate purchase agreement with Farmer’s Co-op that would provide better access from the Kewash trail to the new trailhead.

 

 

KEOTA—The Keota City Council approved two resolutions relating to the new Kewash Trailhead on Highway W15 at its meeting Monday.

Council members approved a real estate purchase agreement with Farmer’s Co-op that would provide better access from the Kewash trail to the new trailhead. That agreement would be finalized after receiving approval from the Washington County Board of Supervisors.

A resolution was approved to allow Keota Unlimited to apply for a Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) grant for additional funding for the Trailhead. The grants are administered by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and require sponsorship by a government entity.

The council listened to a resident’s concern about a planned drainage project on the community’s north side.

Larry Huber asked council members to consider the impact on North Hoover Street of a planned change in the city’s current stormwater system.

Keota’s engineer on the project, H.R. Green, has recommended a terrace on the north side of the city to retain rainwater runoff. The resulting pond would then be drained into a culvert that travels Hoover Street.

Residents are concerned that the culvert could not handle heavy inflows and would back up and flood their basements.

Public Works director Kevin Slaubaugh expressed doubt that the basements would experience water damage, but said he would bring the residents’ concern to the attention of the engineers on the project .

Council members agreed that the firm’s field engineers should review that portion of the project with the residents to ensure the system was sufficient to handle increased inflows.

In a related item, council members approved a Sponsored Project Contract for $58,000 with H.R. Green to provide oversight of the north side drainage project. The firm will be responsible for the planning, engineering and supervision of the construction of the terrace and installation of the drains.

Plans call for the storm water to drain into Dutch Creek.

The firm will also provide engineering work on the new trailhead as part of its work on the state-mandated improvements to the city’s wastewater treatment plant.

In his bi-weekly report to the council, Slaubaugh said a city-owned house on South Davis is ready for demolition. Council members encouraged him to obtain several bids for the project.

Council members reviewed a new fencing regulation draft that would resolve differences between the city code and the zoning ordinance.

Council members voted for a certificate of levy on the property at 213 North Jefferson.

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