The Ottumwa Courier

Southeast Iowa

July 17, 2013

Keosauqua council considers TIF district


• Sheriff Dan Tedrow presented the quarterly report. He said there are problems with the buzzards around the tower next to the sheriff’s office and he said they are trying to deter the buzzards from landing there.

• Morrissey discussed proposed agreement concerning the establishment of a pool for council review. The agreement would be between the city, Riverview Country Club and the Swimming Pool Project Task Force-Friends. The city would agree to maintain the pool. It spells out the city’s liability in owning the pool, but the agreement would not be intended to constitute a general obligation or guarantee of appropriation by the city. Morrissey recommended the city committee working on the matter review the document and share it with the other parties involved.

• Council held a public hearing on the proposed ordinance dealing with ATVs. The council waived the second reading and approved the ordinance.

• Heidi Bainbridge, who represents Kids at Play, advised the city clerk that the Hoaglin Foundation Grant application request will be for additional swings in the city park.

• Richard Nichols, representing Community First Insurance, spoke with the council regarding liability issues with outdoor seating authorizations.

• Council tabled a request from Mike Laux to install a 12-inch tube along the front of his property located at 1536 Front Street. Jim Chambers said that council member Korby Loeffler visited with Laux and it appears that another solution is being considered. Board will consider the proposal at next month’s meeting.

• City Superintendent, Jim Chambers, reported the following:

1. Storm water project in the 100 block of Dodge Street is almost complete.

2. Will be repairing the tube at the intersection of Walnut and Second Streets.

3. Will be installing a new drinking fountain and bike rack in the city park.

4. Getting streets ready for seal coating.

5. The new tornado warning siren is installed at the Trails Plaza location.

• Council gave authorization to close streets and parking areas for the Fall Festival.

• A liquor license for River-Pizza was approved, pending dram shop approval. Council member Atwood abstained.

• Council member Katie Nichols discussed RAGBRAI Hospitality Committee ideas with the Council.

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