At its April 2 meeting, the Colo City Council approved the sale of city lots 7 and 8 of the Colo Business Park (West Street and Progress Drive) to Bob Wilson. Wilson plans to build a new auction house at the site on the east side of Main Street. It is unclear what will happen to the current auction house building on at the corner of West and Main.
Librarian Joanie Jamison said the city library is ready for National Library Week, beginning April 9. The library has activities planned every day of that week, including a book sale on Friday, April 13. The Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) will speak on road construction projects and biking and walking trails around the city at the library’s monthly Coffee and Conversation. May’s Coffee and Conversation will feature the topic of new voter laws in the state. Lucy Martin of the Story County Auditor’s Office will speak.
During Sgt. Nick Lennie’s report for the Story County Sheriff’s Department, Lennie mentioned that the department will be conducting child abduction training in Colo later this month. This training will feature a realistic scenario and response by the department, like if this were to happen. Deputies and jailers will be mobilized in such an event and will work as quickly as possible to figure out the scripted scenario, recover the child and take any suspects into custody. Lennie said this type of situation is the top priority of the Story County Sheriff’s Office, and the county is considered a leader in the state and possibly the nation in this type of training.
Lennie also mentioned that he expects to have two new deputies patrolling the county by the end of May.
Colo RAGBRAI co-chairman Doug Harding informed the council that they will need to update a one-day ordinance for July 25, when bicyclists will ride through town after staying in Ames the previous night. The route will be along the Lincoln Highway. The city is expecting around 10,000 people to come through Colo during the ride.
Though no immediate council actions were taken, there was discussion with Ted Rasmusson about a potential new housing development. The council also discussed replacing city signage on U.S. Highway 30 and Lincoln Highway, and potentially updating a sump pump ordinance.
The next council meeting will be held Tuesday, April 17, at 6 p.m., regarding public buildings, a potential change to the city’s sump pump ordinance and the fire station’s driveway and parking lot.