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City Council approves pedestrian walkway

April 10, 2012
By DAVID ALEXANDER - Staff Writer ( , Times-Republican

The Marshalltown City Council adopted a resolution approving the contract between the city and the Marshalltown Central Business District for the construction of a pedestrian walkway.

Despite two 'no votes' Monday night, the construction of a pedestrian walkway between Apgar Photography, 18 1/2 W. Main St., and Fiddle & Whistle Irish Pub, 20 W. Main St. will move forward.

Council members Bob Shubert and Al Hoop voted against it.

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Shown is a designer’s rendition of what the alleyway between Fiddle & Whistle Irish Pub and Apgar Photography Studio would look like upon completion. The walkway, which aims to increase pedestrian traffic by increasing lighting and aesthetic, was approved by the Marshalltown City Council on Monday.

Schubert said he has never been for this resolution.

"I'm just not sure that is the direction we should go," Hoop said.

Councilman Leon Lamer had previously expressed reservation about the MCBD including provisions to cover maintenance costs for the walkway. He said the MCBD showed him the financial report which contained those provisions.

The MCBD will renovate the alleyway as part of a downtown beautification project adding painted brick, benches and potted plants. Alleyways such as this encourage foot traffic bolstering downtown commerce and increase tourism, Tina Shapley, MCBD director, has previously said.

The council also passed a resolution approving plans for a $2.6-million rebuild of Madison Street. Lynn Couch, city engineer, said the start date for construction will not be known until city officials talk with the contractor. Couch said the replacement of two culverts on North 13th Street and Summer Street culvert - to alleviate flooding - this spring will not be done at the same time.

It will not interfere with RAGBRAI riders entrance on Summit Street. And although 13th Street will be closed for a short time, the work will done swiftly.

"There will always be access to the businesses," he said.

Bob Wenner, at large councilman, said Franklin Elementary officials need to be aware of how to redirect after-school traffic if construction will start before school is out May 25.

A later agenda resolution that council approved dealt with approving contracts for compensation in respect to the easement acquisition.

Schubert voted 'no' after asking the city attorney whether all the property owners had agreed to the acquisition.

They had not, said Curt Ward, city attorney.

However, Ward said that the contract only applied to those property owners who have entered into the agreement, and at least one property owner who has yet to agree may require relocation assistance.

Randy Wetmore, city administrator, said it could be between 3 and 6 weeks before the public receives letters informing them of the availability of a strictly voluntary auxiliary sewer line insurance that the council adopted.

The replacement of 1940s concrete to the slab and tank at the water pollution control plant will take 120 days from May 25, Couch said.

Sept. 22 will mark 120 days from May 25.

The council also approved the RAGBRAI ordinance and another ordinance amending the city code concerning definitions of chronic significant noncompliance with wastewater discharge limit.



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