In addition to the fireworks issue (see separate story), there were a number of other things to note at Monday’s Nevada City Council meeting.
Several representatives of RDG made a presentation about the Story County Wellness and Recreation Center, showing that the estimated building cost right now is about $16.4 million and would increase each year due to inflation. Councilman Brett Barker, who has served on the rec center task force, said City Administrator Matt Mardesen has been working on the rec center proposal with other leaders in the community, and will have more information to bring to the public and the council soon.
The council approved a new retail cigarette/tobacco permit for a business coming to Nevada called Sixth St. Big Discount Liquor & Tobacco, which will locate at 1105 Sixth St. (former Memory Lane location). The business has been working to meet all the code provisions. Even so, Councilwoman Barb Mittman expressed her sadness that another vendor, when there are already quite a few, would now be in town with these substances, and within fairly close proximity to Nevada’s schools. No representatives of the new business were present at the meeting.
Parks and Recreation Director Tim Hansen received approval for restoration of the aquatic center slides. Believe it or not, those slides have just finished their 17th season, and are showing wear and tear, Hansen said. After a lot of research and calls, Hansen said his staff felt comfortable with the second lowest bid, because the lowest bidder’s references weren’t good. But the second lowest, at $4,000 more, had all positive reviews and planned to start work yet this fall, with a completion date set for mid-May 2018. Hansen said the work they do to sand the slides down and recoat them is expected to last eight to 10 years. “You’ll never get as much as what it gets fresh out of the factory,” he said.
City Clerk Kerin Wright was thanked by City Administrator Matt Mardesen for her work on the bond refinancing, which was approved earlier in the meeting. The city will save approximately $119,600 refinancing the bond, the bulk of which paid for the infrastructure of the DuPont project.
Mardesen said the city will take part in the United Way campaign this year and will hold a kickoff lunch for its employees.
Mardesen said he has been reviewing the “big truck” parking matter brought up by Al Kockler at the last council meeting, and in checking with other communities, no one thinks it’s a good idea for the city to allow longer trucks and vehicles to pull over the curb. He also said with the American with Disability Act (ADA) and the requirements of sidewalk widths, he’s not sure about narrowing the city’s sidewalks. “This warrants a bigger review,” he said, noting that he will continue to look into it.
Mardesen also noted that the Nevada City Campus project has been nominated for a 2017 All-Star Community Award, which is given out by the Iowa League of Cities. The public can vote for Nevada’s project at: www.iowaleague.org/Pages/AllStarCommunityAwards.aspx. Voting is done from Monday to Monday, with a nominated project being eliminated each round until there is a winner. The All-Star Community Awards program seeks to acknowledge and encourage excellence in local government.
Public Safety Director Ric Martinez said two of Nevada’s officers will be working at the Iowa State football game this coming weekend, and four will work the Iowa-Iowa State game.
As for Lincoln Highway Days, Martinez said all went well from a law enforcement standpoint, and there were a lot of people taking part in the celebration. “It’s nice to have an event like this and not have a lot of issues,” he said.