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Neighbors Growing Together | Nov 24, 2017

Council to consideraction on property

By John Butters | May 17, 2017
The city agreed to accept a grant for the construction of a new Kewash trailhead in Keota. The plan will take the trailhead from an undefined ending to a park-like space, complete with parking and restrooms. The Kewash Trail follows an abandoned railway for 14 miles from the City of Washington to Keota. The trail path alternates between crushed limestone and asphalt. The Keota Visioning Committee has received several state and local grants to provide money for the construction of a new trailhead. The plan includes restrooms, a shelter house, improved parking and environmentally sensitive landscaping. The project would be completed in several stages within the next few years.


KEOTA—The Keota City Council indicated it would be interested in accepting ownership of a nuisance property, providing there would be no legal difficulties with the acquisition.

Residents Brett Romoser and Julie Tinnes approached the council Monday, to inquire about the current status of the property.

Council members said the residence was under investigation by the housing/building inspector and that a report on the property would be forwarded to the council.

The residents inquired if the city would be interested in taking ownership of the property if it were forfeited to them or a quitclaim deed was filed.

Council members indicated they would consider the action if it appeared to be in the best interests of the community, but would have to discuss their options with the city attorney.

The council discussed the difficulties that would attach to their acceptance of the property, including the extermination of pests. They said they would try to keep the community informed on the problem as the property passes through the administrative process.

In other business, the council approved a grant award agreement with the Washington County Riverboat Foundation for the construction of the new Kewash Trailhead in Keota.

The council approved a request to close streets for Keota Fun Days on June 9 and 10. The streets include Broadway from Davis to Fulton and from the corner of Broadway/South Fulton to the alley that runs behind 107 South Fulton on June 9; and on June 10 to close Broadway from Green Street to Davis and from the corner of Broadway/North Fulton to 109 North Fulton.

Public Works Director Kevin Slaubaugh told council members that the pool would soon be open. A pool review was completed last week and the report would be coming in the mail for the council to discuss/review. The baby pool will be closed this year. Slaubaugh will be capping the drain and skimmers on the baby pool and filling it with rock and then a layer of concrete.

A 28E sharing agreement on the Washington-Keokuk county road was tabled.

The Washington County Engineer informed the council of the amount of city roads that would be in Washington County, along with the estimated expense the city would have to pay to them. The Washington County Attorney’s approval has not been received for the project and the final agreement still needs to be worked out.

A purchase agreement with Farmer’s Cooperative for land to be added to the Kewash Trailhead was not yet ready for council approval. City Attorney Scott Flynn said he would need to know the council’s interest in obtaining an abstract for the parcel before completing the agreement.

Council members agreed that an abstract should be completed prior to any agreement and tabled action pending its completion.

T. Sieren’s demolition and building permit was approved. The council approved building permits for A. Greiner, C. Morgan and R. Buffington.

A resolution approving application for tax exemption under the Urban Revitalization Plan, Davis was approved.

City Clerk Nikki Osweiler did the first reading of Ordinance 259: an ordinance amending the Code of Ordinances of the City of Keota, pertaining to the rates charged for sewer rental rates.

Keota Police Officer Doug Conrad presented the following report for the police department. He had fifteen complaints/service calls: two burglary, simple assault, controlled substance, two assist/service, misc. complaint, four animal and harassment. There have been unlocked cars and garages getting broken into. He advises everyone to place locks on their personal property.

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