Travel will get more interesting next week
By BROOKS TAYLOR
Mt. Pleasant News
Area travel plans may be altered for about six weeks beginning next week.
Commuters and motorists coming to Mt. Pleasant from the north may have to enter the city in a round about way because of road construction.
The reconstruction of Grand Avenue from Winfield Avenue to James Avenue begins next week as does the resurfacing of North Iowa Avenue from Highway 218 to Mt. Pleasant.
“We will always have one lane open (from Grand to James) at all times,” Mayor Steve Brimhall said at the Wednesday night meeting of the Mt. Pleasant City Council. “There will be some issues before things are fixed. Some people will be mad, but that always happens.”
Both projects are scheduled to last until mid-October.
In several other travel-related items, city staff noted that the stop signs on Mapleleaf Drive at its intersection with Cherry Street have been removed. The stop signs (for east- and westbound traffic on Mapleleaf) were temporarily placed this summer due to the reconstruction of Grand.
Council member Deb Savage also said she is concerned with motorists not yielding to pedestrian traffic. Savage’s remarks were directed at traffic on Broadway along the Iowa Wesleyan College campus. She termed drivers who do not allow students to cross Broadway as “rude.”
In other agenda items, the council passed the first reading of a proposed ordinance to rezone land near Fratco from R1 M1 to M2 (light industrial). Chris Shirk of Fratco said the rezoning will allow the business to expand.
“We’re hoping to rezone so we have more outside storage,” Shirk said. “We are looking to expand which is good for everybody.”
Council members also passed a resolution authorizing a utility easement with property owners (Dan and Donna Gabeline). The easement is for a storm sewer to help drain the Iris Road corridor.
“Since we are making Iris Street an urban road, it (easement) will help drainage in the area and also for future development of the area. It is a good think. The landowners were very positive,” said City Administrator Brent Schleisman.
The council was to have a hearing on an appeal of a dog being removed following an alleged biting incident. However, the hearing was tabled because Brau was not sure the dog owner received the notice of the hearing.
Remaining business had the council:
• Approve a pair of construction change orders. The first change order was on the South Iris Street project and was an increase of $4,346.85. The changes are the final qualities recap and adds the extra longitudinal sub-drain to help dry up the east ditch. The second change order is on the alley reconstruction project west of Two Rivers Bank for a decrease of $2,089.15 because of materials not needed.
• Authorized the mayor to sing the grant agreement with the Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) for the construction of a storage building at the airport and acquisition of snow removal equipment. Federal funding will account for 90 percent of the cost of the project.
• Approved the fiscal 2012-13 road use tax report. The report is required by the state and documents how the city spent its road use tax funds received from the state and other money spent on street projects.
Council members meet again in regular session Wednesday, Sept. 11, at 7 p.m. at City Hall.