The Cherokee City Council heard a report on the progress of the Aquatic Center/Gillette Park project at the Tuesday night meeting.
Ron Strickland, city administrator, informed the council that the project committee had met the previous evening with the engineering firm doing the design work. There were modifications made to designs of the building and adjustments made to some of the amenities.
A final concept drawing will be prepared from this information and presented later to the council.
As far as total costs, that won't be known until after the first of the year.
Ken Walters, an audience member, suggested to the council that demolition of the pool be bid separately from construction so that local contractors might possibly be involved.
Dennis Henrich, mayor, said that is being considered. Ron Johnson, council member, also said that it had been requested that the county get involved with demolition work.
An appointment to the Cherokee Aviation Authority Board was tabled pending examination of whether this is a position that some people might have an interest in who are not aware the position is up for a new term.
The possibility was discussed of publicizing all of the commissions and board positions that require appointments at the end of the year.
The light pole on North Second Street between Main and Willow that recently fell down in heavy winds recently will not likely be replaced. It was decided that the light at that location was not needed.
In response to a Des Moines Register survey of towns that are potential stopping places for the RAGBRAI bicycle trip across Iowa, city council members gave a definite positive response that Cherokee is interested for future consideration.
Marty Zauhar, council member, brought up the fact that a previous meeting, the council had requested that the state look into raising the speed limit on a section of Highway 59 south of downtown. Zauhar noted that there are some areas near the bridge which has limited visibility.
Strickland said that the state will study several factors before making a recommendation, He added that it will likely be three or four months before the state even gets to the study and more than six months before a recommendation is made.