The Ottumwa Courier

November 19, 2013

Blakesburg to welcome Historic Scenic Byway bikers

By HELEN HANNAN
Courier correspondent

---- — BLAKESBURG — Blakesburg is set to welcome bikers riding the Historic Hills Scenic Byway that passes through town next summer.

After hearing a presentation by Katy Anderson, Pathfinders Byway coordinator, the Blakesburg City Council unanimously approved Blakesburg as a pass-through town.

She explained Pathways works to improve local tourism and economic development and “bring people into the community.” She said the planned ride is an opportunity to show case communities on the trail through Blakesburg, Unionville and Drakesville before ending in Bloomfield. Registration will be from 7-9 a.m. June 21 in Ottumwa. Anderson estimated 50-100 bicyclists will participate.

She said not-for-profit groups are encouraged to set up food and beverage stands along the route but warned that each group offering food would be responsible for securing a food license if needed. A small fee will be charged to each rider, most of which will go for participant T-shirts. Any profit will go to byway funding she said.

In other business, the council:

• Approved the Blakesburg Historical Preservation Society's request to insulate the museum and to install security bars at the windows with BHPS assuming full financial responsibility for both improvements.

• Approved 30-day sewer extension project to complete some street repair and other small chores.

• Approved the third reading of Chapter 4 salaries of municipal officers, increasing mayor salary from $500 to $1,000 per year and council members from $25 to $45 per meeting to take effect after the next election.