Council Approves Bank Site Plan and Paving Project

Oskaloosa, Iowa – Monday night saw the Oskaloosa City Council award bids for roadwork and approve the site plan for a new bank facility on the west side of Oskaloosa.

The State Bank of Bussey had its site plan approved for a new building to be located at 201 Cornerstone Drive.

On April 4, 2017, the Planning and Zoning Commission reviewed and recommended approval of the site plan. They passed along a few recommendations to the city council, including lighting, storm water discharge calculations, and some landscaping changes.

The council approved the site plan with the recommendations.

The council approved the bid of $152,132.50 for the South 7th Street concrete pavement rehabilitation project. The bid was awarded to DC Concrete & Construction LLC.

Oskaloosa City Manager Michael Schrock said they have broken the bidding process up in order to help the city save money. He believed that in doing so, each interested company might make a more competitive bid.

Construction on the project will begin in June or July of 2017, and is scheduled for 40 working days.

Also approved was a resolution that allowed the mayor and city clerk to contract for mowing services on properties found to be in violation of Oskaloosa Municipal Code 8.20, “Weeds”.

This is a change from the past, when Oskaloosa Wastewater personnel would mow the yards found to be in violation.

Nuisance enforcement will proactively look for properties in violation of this code section while out performing other enforcement duties. Since wastewater staff will no longer be performing the mowing, staff have advertised for sealed bids to contract for the mowing of properties found in violation.

L & L Lawn and Maintenance, LLC. submitted the low bid to perform nuisance abatement on properties found in violation of Chapter 8.20.

Lawns that would be in violation used to be grass at 12 inches; that has now been reduced to 8 inches. Violations can take place at any time of the year, versus during specific months, as it had been in the past.

Those in violation will be provided notice for three days prior to mowing of a property found to be in violation of municipal code 8.20.

The council also heard from Oskaloosa Fire Chief Mark Neff about ongoing efforts for nuisance enforcement. Neff also updated the council on the current state of the fire station building project.

Editing by Ginger Allsup

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