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Original rec trails may get some repairs

Sep 13, 2018

By Grace King, Mt. Pleasant News


Mt. Pleasant’s original recreational trails may get some repairs down the road.

The Mt. Pleasant City Council approved sending an application to the Iowa DOT to resurface existing trails during a regular meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 12. The application is to resurface a section of asphalt trail between Walnut Street and Grand Avenue. This section of trail was built in 1989, making it almost 30 years old.

City Administrator Brent Schleisman said that programs like this are usually to fund brand-new construction. He was surprised and pleased to receive the email about the Iowa DOT funds requesting applications to resurface existing trails.

“We need to get it in the hopper, and we’ll let you know if we’re successful,” Schleisman said after the application was approved by the council. He has yet to receive an estimate for how much it would cost to overlay the asphalt.

While Schleisman said the asphalt has held up for a “pretty good length of time,” he is excited about the possibility of resurfacing some existing trail, particularly as construction crews are currently working on the citywide recreational trail project.

In other news, construction on Saunders Park Road, which originally had a completion date of Aug. 31, was pushed for construction to start on Oct. 1 and end on Oct. 31. The change order was recommended because construction crews involved in the project are busy finishing up work on the recreational trail on Iris and Linden Drive.

Other items approved during the city council meeting were:

• Authorizing Mayor Steve Brimhall to sign a new Title VI non-discrimination plan that the city would implement. This is required by the Iowa DOT and State of Iowa to receive federal funds. The last time the mayor signed a Title VI non-discrimination plan was in 2013.

• A resolution to approve the preliminary and final plat of a subdivision between S. Cherry Plaza and South Walnut Street. The landowner, David McCoid, is splitting his lot into two parcels. It was reviewed and recommended by the Planning & Zoning Commission.

• Allowing the Mt. Pleasant High School Class of 1968 to reserve parking spaces around Central Park on Saturday, Sept. 29, from 4 to 6 p.m. The 50-year class reunion is being held at the Union Block and the class would like to display vintage cars around the square during the reunion.

The next Mt. Pleasant City Council meeting is Wednesday, Sept. 26.

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