6/25/2013 2:13:00 PM West Concord City Council
Road construction plans dominate
By Nan Babcock
Road construction was one of the major topics at West Concord's city council meeting on June 20.
City Engineer Joe Palen told the council construction was tentatively scheduled to begin on County 24 on June 24. The road will be closed for resurfacing between West Concord and Old Concord, and the process will start with grinding the old surface and taking out the rise where the railroad tracks were located years ago. City Administrator Kay Hanson said she was told the work would start on the West Concord end and proceed toward Old Concord.
Joe gave a detailed report on the West Main Street reconstruction scheduled for 2014. For the underground portion, manholes will be replaced along with any portions of sewer lines that are not in good condition. The lines have been inspected by camera. There have been homeowners who have voiced concern about build-up in water pipes that restricts water flow, and those people should communicate with city officials so those issues can be dealt with during construction. Storm sewer culverts will be replaced with 42-inch pipe with rip-rap on the downstream sides.
For above-ground improvements, the new roadway will be 34 feet wide, and going west from Third Street will be an urban design with curb and gutter. Past the residences will be a stretch of rural design with ditches and back slopes, and out at the corner where it meets Concord Street, it will be urban style. "We are proposing drain tile, especially along the south side, which will provide an outlet for people to discharge their sump pumps," he noted.
The improvements will impact existing wetlands, so the city will have to go through the permitting process, he said. Some cleaning of brush and grading has already been done to improve water flow through the wetland area.
The project will cost $525,000, and Dodge County has pledged $225,000. "It's a state aid road," Joe said, "so plans will have to be approved by the county and the state."
The council authorized him to proceed with the project. The next steps will be to have utilities flagged and get soil borings.
Survival Days gears up
City residents are gearing up for Survival Days, and the council approved various street closings for the beer garden and concessions, the softball tournament, the car show, the garden tractor pull and the kiddie tractor pull. They approved a temporary expansion of the Municipal Liquor Store's liquor license for the event, which is July .
Police chief Ken Frank introduced two new part-time officers to the council members. They are Justin Thurmes and Mike Erdmann. Both are deputies and dispatchers for the Dodge County Sheriff's Department.
The city received a letter from Rick Bessler, the publisher of the News Enterprise, stating that a new agreement with different pricing will have to be reached about the City Pages that have been published monthly for several years and originated in an agreement with the former publisher. Kay and Mayor Jeff McCool will be meeting with Rick in the next few weeks, and council members agreed to table the issue until after that meeting.
Council member Karen Peterson reported on improvements that have been made to city parks since the fundraiser that was held in May. Old brush was taken out, new trees planted, picnic tables painted, and mulch was put down. A flowering crab tree was planted in Memorial Park in memory of Burt Boe. George Coy of CPI donated biodegradable tree mats that are made at CPI.
Mary Burt reported that the Cardinal Club has attained its nonprofit status.
Charter school construction
Jeff told the council that construction on the charter school should begin in the next few weeks, with a completion date of August 15. "We have 69 students enrolled, and our goal was 70," he said. They are in the process of hiring more staff members.
At the request of liquor store manager Lori Ellingson, council members approved hiring Ann Welch as a temporary bartender while another employee is on medical leave for six to eight weeks.
They also approved a temporary liquor license and gambling license for St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church for their annual Fun Fest August 25.
Jessica Schleck of Dodge County Public Health shared information about the "Towards Zero Deaths" campaign, which targets traffic safety issues such as alcohol, speed, inattentive driving and seat belt use. West Concord's police department participates in this program.