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April 3, 2013

City manager eyes items on the horizon

By ANDY GOODELL
The Oskaloosa Herald

OSKALOOSA — Oskaloosa City Manager Michael Schrock Jr. addressed several items during the report on items from city staff portion of Monday’s Oskaloosa City Council meeting.

Schrock began by providing an update on the water/city shared services analysis project. He said there will be a joint meeting between the Water Board and the Oskaloosa City Council at 5 p.m. April 9 in the council chambers.

Schrock also noted a Public Projects Committee meeting was held. At that meeting, the idea of bringing back a spring clean-up effort to Oskaloosa was discussed. Schrock noted that the idea would be to have a spring clean-up annually. Bringing back the spring clean-up would have to go before the city council for formal adoption.

A spring clean-up would help in code enforcement efforts, said Schrock.

Schrock also said that last Friday he and Oskaloosa Mayor Dave Krutzfeldt attended a meeting in Kansas City to meet with Federal Aviation Administration regional staff as well as a video conference with their headquarters in Washington, D.C. He said they discussed the city’s request to release the current airport site land in advance of constructing the new regional facility.

Schrock noted that the meeting went well.

Schrock also talked of a time line for the regional airport project, noting that if everything goes “smoothly” it should be operational by 2021.

In other business, the council:

• Approved a resolution approving the plans, specifications, form of contract, and estimate of costs for the South Seventh Street (A Avenue to Sixth Avenue) Pavement Rehabilitation Project after holding a public hearing on the matter.

• Approved a resolution approving award of contract for base bid for the Seventh Street (A Avenue to Sixth Avenue) Pavement Rehabilitation Project to Norris Asphalt Paving Co. in an amount not to exceed $383,240; and authorize the city manager to utilize an additional 10 percent ($38,000) for project contingency after holding a public hearing on the matter.

• Denied a request associated with the first reading of an ordinance vacating the north-south alley adjacent to 1221 S. Second St. and the sale of said public alley right-of-way after holding a public hearing on the matter.

• Approved a resolution establishing 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 salary schedules for waste water employees.

• Approved a resolution to approve the contract and bond for the East Mall Parking Improvements Project to TK Concrete Inc. in an amount not to exceed $260,336.

• Heard reports from city council members serving on boards and commissions.

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