By ANDY GOODELL
The Oskaloosa Herald
At Monday’s regular meeting of the Oskaloosa City Council, stop signs were once again a topic that earned discussion.
During the community comments portion of the meeting, three area residents expressed their thoughts on why they believed stop signs should be returned to at least one intersection.
Toward the end of the meeting, the city council looked at an agenda item which had them have a discussion and possible action on a recommendation from the City Council Public Projects Committee related to four-way stop intersections.
Eventually, the council voted to approve the recommendation from the committee, which included five bullet-pointed recommendations. The recommendations were as follows:
“• Do not make C Avenue East and North 9th Street a four-way stop intersection; allow additional time for residents to adapt to the recent changes.
• Study C Avenue East and North 9th Street once hospital addition is complete and school is back in session.
• Study C Avenue East and North 11th Street once hospital addition is complete and school is back in session.
• Request speed trailer from Mahaska County Sheriff and place along C Avenue East and other streets that have been changed from four-way to two-way stop intersections.
• Continue to monitor speed by ‘marked’ and ‘unmarked’ police vehicles, report back with findings on a regular basis.”
An additional recommendation, which was listed as “failed” in the agenda item explanation, was added to the motion, which the city council approved Monday evening. This recommendation read, “Install 25mph signs along streets with higher volumes of traffic, such as C Avenue East, or ‘collector’ streets where changes have been made.”
In other business, the council:
• Heard a report from Sherry Vavra, Executive Director of Mahaska Community Recreation Foundation on quarterly activities.
• Approved a request by Cellar Peanut Pub, 206 Rock Island Ave. for outdoor entertainment, alcohol consumption outside building premises and a temporary variance from the noise ordinance conditional on state filing to extend outdoor sales area and necessary inspections. Sales would be allowed until 1 a.m.
• Approved the second reading of an ordinance amending the zoning ordinance of the city of Oskaloosa be rezoning the property at 201 Trueblood Ave. for William Penn University from Multiple Family Residential District (R-3) to Multiple Family Residential District with Conditional Planned Use Overlay District (R-3/CP).
• Approved the second reading of an ordinance amending the city code of the city of Oskaloosa by amending provisions pertaining to Chapter 10.48 — “Parking Regulations Generally,” Section 10.48.255 — “School Loading and Unloading Zones,” and Section 10.48.260 — “Bus Loading Zones.”
• Approved a resolution scheduling a public hearing for Aug. 19, 2013, to consider levying a special assessment against private property for weed cutting by the city in accordance with Section 8.20 of the city code of the city of Oskaloosa and directing notice to the owners of the property to be assessed.
• Approved a resolution approving and authorizing an amendment to loan and disbursement agreements by and between the city of Oskaloosa and the Iowa Finance Authority, and authorizing and providing for the reissuance of the $1,515,000 sewer revenue capital lone note, series 1994, the $2,671,000 sewer revenue capital loan note, series 1996, and the $4,017,000 sewer revenue capital loan note, series 2002.
• Approved a resolution scheduling a public hearing on the vacation and sale of 60 feet by 16 ½ feet of the north-south public alley adjacent to 835 S. Second St.
• Approved a resolution scheduling a public hearing to amend Title 17 — “Zoning,” Chapter 17.28 — “Off-Street Parking” of the city of Oskaloosa zoning ordinance providing amendments for off-street parking design standards and parking for personal and recreational vehicles.
• Approved a resolution authorizing and directing the city manager to complete a land purchase agreement for the west end sanitary sewer project lift station site.
• Approved a motion to approve and direct the city manager to execute a professional services agreement with Garden & Associates, LTD for the First Avenue East Sidewalk Project in an amount not to exceed $24,600.