The Cherokee City Council Tuesday night approved contracts for a sewer pipe lining project in the alley south of West Maple Street adjacent to the City Library, and for a new water service line in Koser Spring Lake Park to accommodate a proposed new camping area on the east side of the lake.
The Council also discussed possible revisions of the City's voting Wards as a result of the 2010 census an d a shift in population.
Included in the current year's budget, the sewer pipe lining project was awarded to Visu-Sewer of Pewaukee, Wisc. for $36,940. The low bid from Municipal Pipe Tool Company LLC of Hudson, Iowa, totaled $33,625, but was not all-inclusive as was the bid from Visu-Sewer, according to Cherokee Streets Superintendent Jim Agnitsch.
The project will be completed before July 1 of this year and involves the Library alley from U.S. Highway 59 west to South 4th Street.
The proposed water line in Koser Spring Lake Park will accommodate six new camping spots on the lake's east side. Lundell Construction of Cherokee secured that bid totaling $4,500.
The Council also authorized the renewal of the City Employee Health Insurance Policy with Wellmark BC/BS, which includes a 15.4 percent rate increase, which would hike single coverage from $402 per month to $464, and full family coverage from $1234 per month to $1424.
Regarding the Ward revision discussion, City Administrator Don Eikmeier asked the Council to think it over and bring recommendations to the next City Council meeting May 10. The City has three Wards and any revision would have to come by petition and an election from the voters.
Possible recommendations include changing to two Wards with U.S. Highway 59 (Second Street) the dividing line east and west, with the exception of North 1st Street from Indian Street to Bluff Street; maintaining three Wards as they now are, with the exception of a three-block area around the Courthouse and City Hall.
The Council also approved a request to the Iowa Department of Transportation to transfer Federal Aid City Bridge funding from the Birch Street bridge to the River Road bridge due to the "10-fold" amount of traffic using the River Road versus that on Birch Street.
The Council also discussed a proposal to require a City permit for replacement of roof materials because of the practice of many out-of-town businesses descending on cities after a hail storm. The City has no opportunity to advise contractors what they can and can't do making roof repairs. Eikmeier said he may prepare a sample ordinance for Council consideration in the future.
The Council also set Tuesday, May 17 for a Public Hearing at City Hall with Mediacom, the City's cable TV provider that has been repeatedly under fire for poor service in the Cherokee area and elsewhere. Mediacom representatives will attend to answer questions and hopefully work to remedy the reoccurring service problems.
The public is encouraged to attend the meeting and voice any concerns.