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Main Street Reconstruction Project enters final stages

At Monday’s City Council meeting, Ryan Hosch with MSA Professional Service updated the Council on the progress of the main Street Reconstruction Project. Midwest Concrete’s paving crew was expected to finish all concrete work in the 400 and 500 blocks by the end of last week, with the exception of the plaza in the 200 block, as the City is waiting for information on the shade structure footings. Once that information has been received, the final stages of paving the plaza will be completed. On September 14, Petersen Concrete poured the seating wall in the plaza, which matches the color and brick pattern as the wall in the City Parking Lot. Brick paving in the 300 block has been finished by the Culver’s Landscaping paver crew. They have now turned their attention to the 400 block. After work delays because of damage to their shop located in Marion from the derecho and a week of steady rain, Culvers has asked for an extension to complete all brick work through the 500 block of Main Street by October 29. That request will be considered at the September 28, 2020 Council meeting. Although the 300 block of Main Street is substantially complete, Midwest will delay opening the block to traffic until after the street lights are set and the pavement markings are complete to avoid any potential parking issues once the block reopens.
The Council received a request for street closure from the La Porte City Lions Club for October 16-18. The Lions are planning an event encompassing an area from Tama Street through the 200 block of Main Street, including the City parking lot. Plans include food vendors, a beer tent and live music. Until the entire Main Street project is completed, however, Midwest Concrete still maintains control and liability responsibility for the entire project area, including the portions that have been substantially completed. The City will discuss with Midwest to determine if they will allow the event to go forward as planned.
In other business, the Council approved the first reading of Ordinance 562 – Sidewalk Regulations – C-1 Commercial District. The ordinance sets forth rules for placement of merchandise and decorative items in the Main Street District.
The Council also reviewed other main Street regulations related to use and/or closure of Main Street for private and community events, included prohibited practiced and insurance requirements, as well as any deposit requirements for use and/or closure of streets. The Council will consider the completed list for approval at their meeting on September 28.

Partnership will scale up soil, water conservation

Farmers in Iowa, Illinois, and Ohio will soon benefit from a new partnership between the Soil and Water Outcomes Fund and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS).
The Ag Technology and Environmental Stewardship Foundation (AgTech), a subsidiary of the Iowa Soybean Association, and other partners are recipients of a $7.3 million Regional Conservation Partnership Program Alternative Funding Arrangement (RCPP-AFA) award courtesy of the USDA-NRCS. The award is one of ten projects funded nationwide.
Created and jointly managed by the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) and Washington D.C. based Quantified Ventures, the Soil and Water Outcomes Fund uses investment capital to compensate farmers for positive environmental outcomes generated by conservation-oriented practices on their farms, specifically water quality improvement and enhanced carbon sequestration. These outcomes are independently measured and verified and then purchased by government entities and private corporations.
“We are excited to bring this innovative outcome-based funding mechanism to work with farmers to produce water quality and carbon sequestration outcomes,” says Adam Kiel, ISA’s director of conservation.
A defining feature of the two-year award is to position USDA-NRCS as a purchaser of verified water quality improvement outcomes generated by the Soil and Water Outcomes Fund.
The fund is currently working with farmers in Iowa. The new funding will allow for additional impact in Iowa and expansion into Illinois and Ohio.
Over the next two years, participating farmers will be compensated for nitrogen and phosphorus reduction and carbon sequestration outcomes from practices such as cover crops and no-till used on an estimated 180,000 acres. The resulting environmental outcomes are estimated to be 3.24 million pounds of nitrogen reduction in water, 270,000 pounds of phosphorus reduction in water and 135,000 tons of CO2e sequestered in soil.
Work is expected to begin later this year with farmer enrollment beginning in early 2021.
“The Soil and Water Outcomes Fund will bring together a diverse group of stakeholders that benefit from agricultural conservation,” says Mark Lambert, Quantified Ventures director of agriculture. “We’re thrilled to include NRCS as a core partner and beneficiary and applaud their commitment to pay for performance approaches that deliver meaningful value to farmers and harness the power of impact-oriented investment capital.”
Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig says the project will help farmers and landowners use agronomic and conservation data to add value to their operations. “Innovation has always been a cornerstone of Iowa agriculture,” he says. “We appreciate USDA’s support of this project, which is a great example of how public and private partners are working together to develop new solutions to increase the sustainability of Iowa agriculture.”
The RCPP-AFA funds will be matched by carbon and water outcome buyers including the City of Cedar Rapids, City of Ames, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and Cargill. Combined with the contribution from the RCPP-AFA, outcome purchases will total $10.3 million.
Cargill has been supportive of the effort, stemming back to the early days of piloting the program in Iowa.
“Establishing markets that provide incentives to farmers for adoption of soil health best management practices allows them to maximize their profits and make a positive impact on the environment,” says Ryan Sirolli, Cargill sustainability director for row crops. “Agriculture is how we can enhance farmer livelihoods while reducing greenhouse gas emissions, improving water quality and increasing drought resilience.”
More information about the Soil and Water Outcomes Fund can be found at

Bridge to new LPC trail bridge ride Sept. 26

 The Bridge to Bridge Ride, which is a bike ride on the Cedar Valley Nature Trail, will take place on Saturday, September 26, 2020. Registration will be from 7:30 through 10 AM, which will reduce the size of the group at the starting area. There will not be a group start this year due to the pandemic, so after registering riders must begin the ride to help maintain safe social distances for all participants.
The starting point for the ride will be Cedar River Park in Waterloo with parking available around the Waterloo Boat House. The route will follow the Cedar Valley Lakes Trail in Waterloo, the River Forest Road Trail, the Gilbert Drive Trail and the Trail of Angels in Evansdale and on to the Cedar Valley Nature Trail. The round-trip mileage for this route is about 45 miles. Along the way, the Gilbertville depot will be open and water will be available at the La Porte City gazebo next to the bridge. This year the ride celebrates the replacement of the Wolf Creek Bridge which has been closed since 2015.
The virtual grand opening for the bridge was held on September 2, 2020. With the Wolf Creek Bridge now open, the Cedar Valley Nature Trail is complete from Evansdale to Hiawatha.

What about Covid-19? Here are the steps taken to reduce the risk:
Masked riders are asked to register after 7:30 AM and before 10 am. Hand sanitizer stations will be available.
After registering, please leave the area and start your ride. This will spread the riders out over the trail.
Masks must be worn when you stop at a business or cannot socially distance.
While riding do not form a large group.
There will not be a ride “leader” or a “sweeper.”
If you have Covid-19 symptoms you are not allowed to ride. If you have been exposed to Covid-19, remember you can still spread the virus before you feel ill. Please be mindful of others.

Have a good, safe ride, one that is courtesy of the Cedar Trails Partnership group, who is sponsoring this year’s event.

La Porte City Police Report – August 2020

August 2020
27 Warnings
10 Citations
131 Calls for Service
10 Assist Black Hawk County
2 – No Insurance
5 – Speed
1 – Operation without registration
1 – Open Container
1 – Violation of Instructional Permit
August 2020 Arrest Log
Kyle Cox, 19, of La Porte City was arrested on 8/17/20 and 8/18/20 for 2 counts of burglary 3rd and theft in the 3rd degree.
Kelen Nosko, 53, of La Porte City was issued a warrant for this arrest on 8/27/20 for violation of a no contact order and harassment.
Dillon Talaska, 25, of La Porte City was arrested on 8/20/20 for domestic assault – displaying or use of weapon 1st, domestic assault – injury or mental illness 1st, domestic assault 1st, and willful injury causing serious injury.

La Porte City Area Garage Sales – Saturday, September 19, 2020

Zone A
12727 Kober Rd. Sheffler Sat. 8-4. Lots of antiques & misc in outside shed. No set prices – make an offer. Directions: Turn off Hwy 218 at Dollar General (Reinbeck Rd), go 1 mile, turn right on Kober Rd.
117 Anton Dr. Palmer-Bechthold-Meester Fri. 9-6 & Sat. 8-1. Boys bike, adult bike, dresser, table, end table, bench, riding toy tractor, misc. dishes, etc, Boys clothes size 6-youth large, girls size 6-youth large, toys and games, etc.
117 Palmer Dr. Estling/5 Family Sale Thu. 5-7, Fri. 4-7 & Sat. 7:30-1. Tons of Girls clothes size 8 to Women’s medium, girls toys sets, household, shoes, lots of books, kitchen, toys, Pottery Barn Kids Everywhere Chairs, too much to list!
Zone B
15 Bluff St. Galen and Pat Peckham Fri. Noon-6 & Sat. 8-?. Moving/Garage Sale. 64 years of good stuff.
204 Pleasant Dr. Yard Sale Sat. 8-2. Ping pong table, microwave, accent tables, and many misc items.
108 Valley Dr. Foster, Prestemon, Greek Fri. 8-5 & Sat. 8-5. Wicker coffee table & tea cart, gas powered ice auger, hitch mounted bike carrier, tiki & Christmas lights, CB equip, artsy retro mosaic windows, craft items, antique dining table w/4 chairs, antique 4 drawer chest, gaming chair, brown & white 5×7 area rug, used brown 8 pane windows, garden items, and lots of household misc.
208 Valley Dr. McFarland Thu. 4-7, Fri. 8-7 & Sat. 8-noon. John Deere and Jaycee glasses, child’s porcelain tea set, old LPC plate set (8), porcelain dog collection – Japan, qt & pt canning jars, McCoy pottery, complete knitting needle set, old books, cookbooks & comic books, decorative craft books, old toys, LPC memorabilia, old albums & 45s, wren bird houses and much more.
109 Primrose Ln. Lanell Maser, Terra Ray, Jeanette Thiele Sat. 9-5. Lots of misc. decorating stuff, toys, antiques, garden items – too many to mention!
Zone C
208 Locust St. Moving Sale Sat. 9-5. Furniture and household items, some antiques.
801 Commercial St. Pennell Fri. 10-7 & Sat. 8-4. Lots of baby girl items! Girls clothes size 3 month up to size 6, boys clothes size 6 up to size 10, men’s and women’s clothes, shoes, toys.
809 Lincoln Dr. (backyard, next to LPC Elementary School soccer fields on Schull Ave.) Taylor’s Rustic Woodworking Fri. Noon-7 & Sat. 8-4. Repurposed, refurbished, handmade benches, furniture, antiques, etc.
10007 Bishop Rd. Jamie Trebon Fri. 4-8, Sat. 8-6 & Sun. 8-Noon. HUGE MULTI-FAMILY SALE: Boys clothes newborn to XXL (16), limited teen girls clothes, winter gear, women’s clothing and accessories, shoes/boots, baby items, small household appliances, home decor, children’s games, books and toys, DVDs, kitchen items, UNION KNIGHTS GEAR!
Zone D
801 3rd St. Fri. & Sat. 9-5. Huge Garage Sale. Home decor, housewares, lamps, linens, fall wedding items, men & womens clothing, purses, shoes, jewelry, infant-XL boys clothing, baby items, toys, books, holiday, lots of new things, some furniture, treadmill & tons of misc.
302 Cedar St. (Veterans Memorial Hall) Sat. 7-3 Two Sales, one location: SALE 1 IS ALL NEW ITEMS: Clothes with tags, all $1. New household, school/classroom supplies, toys, phone cases and lots more. SALE 2: Harley coat, Carhart coat, boys, mens and womens clothing, kitchen items, craft supplies, household items, DVDs, etc.


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