With Hall Engineering in attendance of the May 22 City of Corydon council meeting, the council members watched a photo slideshow presenting several of the main issues within the city streets, curbs or lack thereof and intake systems in need of repairs. While the council is aware of the dire need for street repair, the photos presented were taken shortly after a large rain showcasing the many pothole issues and intake problems.
With the GEO Bond available the city has an amount of 1.25 million dollars to stay within the budget. The amount seems like a lot until Bill Buss of Hall Engineering points out some curb repairs on one street alone could use up 120,000 to 140,000. That is 10 percent of the budget allocated.
Intake returns near the cemetery are in need of being rebuilt as well as others around the city for proper drainage. Question is how extensive will the repairs be and when do they need to be done.
“If we’re going to do it then let’s do it right,” said council member Eric Jaeckel.
“Yes,” said council member Stan Rupe. “I agree.”
Before the Wednesday meeting, the city council and Hall Engineering were looking at project plans for 13 road sections. Nancy Buss with Hall Engineering estimates eight of those projects can be completed within the budget allocation. After careful consideration of severity levels and large trucks traveling frequently in areas the list was reduced to nine.
The list of streets being considered for repairs that estimated to be completed by June 2020 are West Street from Highway 2 to the cemetery entrance, Anthony Street from DeKalb to Butler including intersections at Franklin and Butler, East Street from Steele to Anthony, Monroe Street from East to Roosevelt, West State Street from Franklin to DeKalb, East State Street from LaFayette to Butler, South Franklin from Highway 2 running south one half block, South Street from West to East streets and South East Street from Marion almost to Highway 2.
With the removal of four projects and decisions made on intakes to be repaired, Hall Engineering will reevaluate the estimated cost of the nine projects the council hopes to move forward on.
“Once they get here it will go really fast,” said Nancy.
“Now there will be something in there where if they do a sloppy job they will come back and redo it right?” asked Corydon mayor Dennis Moorman.
“Well you are paying us to inspect the work remember,” said Nancy. “It is our job to make sure they laying the asphalt in compliance to the specifications of the thickness it is supposed to be, we will monitor the asphalt to be sure it is the correct temperature, we will use the Iowa DOT specs for paving, so you will be relying on us to be sure it is done properly.”
“I know before when there was seal coating done it should have never been accepted,” said Moorman.
“You will have a one-year warranty on the project as well,” said Nancy.
“Well if we are going to spend the money we want it to last,” stated Moorman.
In other business, the council opened the meeting up with a public hearing for the sale of the library building located at 110 South Franklin to Mike Thomas in the amount of $28,240.54. No public comments had been previously received or stated in the public hearing. The sale was approved.
A public hearing to enter into a lease agreement with lease payments for the municipal library not to exceed the principal amount of $100,000 was also approved.
The council also took action approving an agreement with Faller, Kincheloe & Co., PLC to perform the audit for the 2018-2019 fiscal year, approving a five-year contract with Municipal Pipe Tool Co LLC for sewer maintenance and approving a request to close the alley on Saturday, June 1 and Old Settlers weekend of August 8 through the 10 for The Alley Cat.
City Clerk Ann Stevens advised the board she had been made aware the Hotel Rea has been nominated for the National Register of Historical Places. Stevens also made the council aware of a new bill titled Senate Bill 283
“Right now a member of the council can only make $2,500 per fiscal year from the city,” Stevens began. “A new bill was signed and goes into effect July 1 where they have increased that amount to $6,000.”
The council decided to continue with estimated water bill readings for Schroeder Field, as there is not a meter in place. Adding a meter pit was estimated to cost $800. The water is shut off every fall following ball season and have had no issues up to this point.
Stevens also advised the council of receiving an estimate to have four trees removed from the courtyard.
“Corydon Community Development is going to put $1,000 towards this,” said Stevens. “The courtyard is ours and Dan Coffey has asked these trees come down before they fall down.”
“He asked if the city would remove and do the clean up of all four trees,” Stevens continued. “Brandon (Trower) looked at them and one of them that is very large he said will take three days just to clean that one tree out.”
The lowest bid received was $2,500 for removing all four trees, grinding the stumps and the clean up. The council agreed that would be the route to go instead of a lesser fee having city employees do clean up which would cost more in wages.
Lastly Stevens advised the council the DNR is asking to place a dumpster at the fire station in Corydon for deer removal. The DNR is requesting the dumpster be placed for a three week period in December for unwanted deer remains to be placed. The council was in agreement the fire station would not be the ideal location for this dumpster and wanted to explore other location options.
The next meeting has been scheduled for Monday, June 10 at 7 p.m.