The City Council of La Porte City, Iowa met in regular session on January 25, 2016. Mayor David Neil called the meeting to order at 7 PM with council members Eric Allsup, Kristi Harrill, Mike Johnson, Brent Sadler and David Williams present. Also present was Jacob Huck and Nick Stocks.
Following a public hearing, Jacob Huck with MSA Professional Services reviewed the plans with the City Council related to the reconstruction of Bishop Avenue from Main Street at Six Corners out to the railroad crossing near ECI Co-op, including the curb and gutter, storm sewers and sidewalk. As presented, the cost for the project is estimated at $645,000.
The Council also held a public hearing on the construction of a new Public Works facility. Plans call for the construction of a 9,000 square foot maintenance facility and attached 900 square foot office to be located on Commercial Street near the intersection of Schull Avenue. The Council approved Resolution 16-03, accepting the plans and specifications with an Engineer’s estimated cost at $350,000.
Three resolutions that are required components of the City’s Downtown Façade Grant Program were approved: Resolution 16-05, Residential Anti-Displacement and Relocation Plan, Resolution 16-06, Equal Opportunity Policy Statement, and Resolution 16-07, Policy on Prohibition on Use of Excessive Force.
The Council also adopted Resolution 16-09, setting the salary for part-time patrol officer Nick Stocks at $14.79/hr.
The Council reviewed proposed plans for temporary and permanent realignment of the Cedar Valley Nature Trail around the bike trail bridge over Wolf Creek. The bridge was deemed unsafe by engineers in the fall of 2015 and closed to all traffic. The temporary realignment calls for a nine mile detour on county roads from Gilbertville to Canfield Road to Spruce Street in La Porte City. Signage for the detour is expected to be in place by spring. The Black Hawk County Conservation Board is working with railroad officials, the Iowa Department of Transportation and adjacent landowners on a plan that would permanently detour bike traffic through La Porte City. This detour would allow for the permanent removal of the bike trail bridge over Wolf Creek and bring trail users into the downtown district. Conservation officials are currently working to secure crossing agreements with affected parties. Completion of a permanent detour is not expected to be complete until summer, 2018.