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|Grand Mound Council explores alternatives to stop signs|
By Sarah Beuthien
Stop sign requests were discussed during the Grand Mound City Council meeting Monday, Oct. 14. Citizens have requested stop signs be placed at the intersection of West and Sunnyside streets.
Concerned citizens reported continued problems with speeding vehicles. The location also is a school bus stop, which adds to the concerns.
Another request was made to place a stop sign at the intersection of East and Sunnyside streets, also because of speeding traffic. The city ballpark located at the intersection is frequented by children.
Council members discussed both requests and several options aside from stop signs, such as crosswalks or yield-to-pedestrians signs.
Recently the sheriff's office placed speed trailers at both locations, and the council would like to review data obtained from the trailers and try to address the problem through more police presence and citations.
The council also was made aware of a citizen complaint of pit bull dogs within the city limits. After discussion with city attorney Dave Pillers, the council directed city clerk Melissa Conner to relay the information to the sheriff's office. Pit bulls are not allowed in the city per an existing ordinance. Offenders of the ordinance will face fines and ultimately, legal action if not corrected.
Attorney Pillers updated the city on ongoing discussion with Municipal Pipe Tool regarding a sewer warranty claim the city has made. Pillers reported the city's engineering firm, IIW, is speaking directly with Municipal Pipe Tool.
Tom Street of Maguire Iron attended the meeting to discuss options the city has for maintenance to its water tower. The city has used Maguire for several years and is highly satisfied with their work. However, the council also recognized a substantial increase in cost over the years and would like to make sure it is choosing the best option for the city and taxpayers. The council members tabled acceptance of a contract until more information is available.
In other business:
The family of Dennis Dammerman would like permission to place a memorial bench at the city park near the pump house. They would also like to do some light landscaping yearly as a memorial. Council approved the requests for the bench, and mayor Dan Behr will speak with the family about landscaping.
Council members Kurt Crosthwaite and Darrell Warren mentioned the area around the pump house is in need of attention, large shrubbery needs to be removed.
New asphalt for a portion of East Street was approved. The north section from Joyce Court to Hwy. 30 will be installed this fall by Seven Hills Paving for the low bid of $18,600. The city also received a bid from Determann Asphalt Paving.
With the new city website up and running, city clerk Conner looked into options for paying bills online. The service is available but with an added expense to the city and ultimately, the customer. With little interest, the council decided it is not necessary at this time.
Conner also discussed renewal of city employee insurance. Council had several plans to choose from and chose a plan with a 1.48 percent increase versus the current plan renewing with a 13.13 percent increase. Council approved adding enrollment for vision coverage if the employees choose; this would be at the employee's expense.
A resolution approving the annual financial report for FY12-13 was passed.
Public works employee Steve Kilburg informed the council he was able to locate water meters on eBay for $75 with $10 shipping. The current meter system the city uses is discontinued, making the meters unavailable for purchase through the dealer.
The city needs to replace several but has limited stock on hand. The council approved the purchase. During the discussion Behr asked if Conner or Kilburg had heard from Iowa Water in regard to the possible purchase of the city's water system, but neither had heard.
Conner explained an outstanding obligations disclosure statement showing outstanding amounts from the water plant, sewer work and WGML.
A housing rehabilitation survey was done to determine if the city is able to apply for future house rehab grants. The survey revealed the city does not qualify at this time; however the information is good for three years and changes to the guidelines may be coming, which may allow the city to qualify in the future.
During committee reports, council member Tami Guy asked Conner to add the city website to utility bills to boost awareness.
Clinton County sheriff's deputies logged 53.08 hours in the city Aug. 26-Sept. 25. During this time a speeding citation was issued, and five calls were answered, including domestic dispute, custody dispute and suspicious circumstance.
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