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July 2, 2013

City council eyes stop signs, South 7th Street project

By ANDY GOODELL
The Oskaloosa Herald

OSKALOOSA —

Stop signs, or lack there of, garnered some discussion at Monday's regular meeting of the Oskaloosa City Council.

During the community comments portion of the meeting, Linda Kelley, who said she lives on the corner of C Avenue East and North 9th Street, expressed concerns over recent stop sign removal at the intersection near her home. Her concerns included noise and safety.

Kelley provided a petition she said was signed by 76 individuals regarding stop sign removal.

Kelley concluded by saying she would like the stop signs to be put back.

During Monday's meeting, discussion of stop signs took place among members of the Oskaloosa City Council. Part of this discussion included talk of looking into a stop sign study. Speed limit signs were also discussed by the city council.

The following intersections in Oskaloosa were changed from all-way stop control to two-way stop control on May 28:

• High Avenue West and South L Street

• South H Street and High Avenue West

• 3rd Avenue West and South M Street

• 3rd Avenue West and South H Street

• 6th Avenue West and South D Street

• 9th Avenue East and South 7th Street

• 3rd Avenue East and South 11th Street

These intersections were changed from all-way stop control to two-way stop control on June 11:

• B Avenue West and North D Street

• North D Street and C Avenue West

• G Avenue West and North I Street

• B Avenue East and North 3rd Street

• North 9th Street and C Avenue East

Monday's Meeting also found the city council discussing the South 7th Street Pavement Rehabilitation Project. Two agenda items garnered significant discussion from city council members and Oskaloosa Public Works Director Akhilesh Pal.

The city council would eventually vote to approve change order No. 1 for a net increase of $17,883 to the total project and a net increase of $56,383 to the contract amount for the South 7th Street Pavement Rehabilitation Project to Norris Asphalt Paving Co. At Monday's meeting, the city council also approved pay request No. 2 to Norris Asphalt Paving Company in the amount of $94,307.50 for work completed on the South 7th Street Pavement Rehabilitation Project.

In other business, the council:

• Saw the swearing in of Oskaloosa Police Officer Blaine Shutts.

• Approved 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) after holding a public hearing on the matter.

• Approved the first reading of an ordinance amending the city code 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 motion approving Pay Request No. 3 to TK Concrete in the amount of $89,172.22 for work completed on the East Mall Parking Improvements Project.

• Approved a request from Musco for a street closure and use of city street for an event that features NHRA celebrities, local venders and a small car show on Friday, July 5.

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Herald City Editor Andy Goodell can be reached at news2@oskyherald.com.