City Council Approves Stop Light Adjustments

Oskaloosa City Hall

Oskaloosa City Hall

Oskaloosa, Iowa – The Oskaloosa City Council met in regular session on Monday, May 6th, 2019 at 6 pm inside the Council Chambers at the Oskaloosa City Hall.

The Council heard from one City resident and two County residents in regards to the 28E agreement for a regional airport. The three spoke about their disagreements with the agreement and why the City should remove itself from the regional airport project.

The Council then approved the consent agenda which included liquor licenses and payments to contractors for their work on the sewer system repairs.

McKenzie McCarty with Mahaska Community Recreation Foundation or MCRF presented the Council with their quarterly report on the activities taking place.

Little League ball is now underway as well as youth soccer programs. The complex hosted college practices to high school soccer games, spring baseball, among other things.

Construction continues on the soccer field restrooms and concession area as well as the Solar Walkway project with its most visible piece being the Sun Dome.

The Council approved a resolution adopting proposals for employee life and health insurance programs for the fiscal year 2020.

The Council then approved the conveyance of city-owned property at 412 North H Street to Paul Scanlon in the amount of $2,000. Scanlon says the development of the property will begin after he demolishes the existing home on the lot, and then building a 1,500 square foot home to replace the current one.

The Council also approved an ordinance amendment for a parking restriction at the dead end of 4th Avenue West.

In August of 2018, the Oskaloosa City Council approved a traffic study along Highway 92, Highway 63, and Highway 23 corridors to improve the safety and effeciency of traffic.

The contract with McClure Engineering will allow for city-wide signal timing adjustments.

The $14,400.00 to pay for the work will come from the Pavement Management Fund and is following the capital improvement plan.

According to Oskaloosa City Engineer Akhilesh Pal said traffic changes over time, and in other communities, traffic timing is changed every few years to accommodate those changes in traffic patterns.

In his research, Pal says the last time the lights were synchronized was the in the 1990s.

In regards to what would happen if the City were to move to 3 lanes on many of it’s remaining corridors, that move would be years in the making and not on current roads plans.

The Council approved the completion of the B Avenue West Paving Project near the new Burrell apartment complex being built. TK Concrete was the contractor for the project.

The Council finally approved the waiver of assessments that were placed against a property that the City now owns. The property is located at 1327 9th Avenue East.

The County Treasurer has advised that for the City to take title to the property free and clear of assessments, it is necessary for the City to waive those various assessments formally.

The next regular meeting of the Oskaloosa City Council will be on May 20 at 6 pm in City Council chambers.

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