The Nevada City Council met Monday for its regular meeting. From that meeting were the following points of interest:
1) The turning lane project that was set to happen this year at Airport Road and Lincoln Highway is being postponed until spring. According to City Engineer Larry Stevens, the “good news” is that the pipeline companies and others have worked to remove all obstacles at the location now; the “bad news” is that asphalt companies shut down mid-November, and the city is running out of time this fall. Delaying the project will not affect the federal funding that has been secured to help pay for it, Stevens noted.
2) Five new volunteer fire department members were sworn in Monday, bringing the department to 50 members, according to Fire Chief Ray Reynolds. Sworn in were:
• Nathan Gobell, a Sioux City native who is currently attending Iowa State University studying construction engineering. Gobell recently moved into an apartment in Nevada. He expects to graduate from Iowa State in the fall of 2021.
• Nicole Reynolds, a 2014 graduate of Indianola High School and the fire chief’s daughter, who put in four years of active service with the United States Navy, and was deployed for seven months to the Arabian Gulf. She has returned to Iowa to live in Nevada. She works at Lil’ Cubs Child Care Center and Preschool and plans to go to school to become an RN.
• Nathan Albrecht, a 2017 graduate of Nevada High School. Albrecht works for Danfoss Power Solutions in Ames as a backup team coordinator and hopes to work toward becoming a team coordinator or quality tech in the future with the company.
• Carrie Brown, a 2011 graduate of Nevada High School. Brown is currently working at Mary Greeley Medical Center as a phlebotomist and looks forward to starting the paramedic program at DMACC next fall.
• Nick Brown, a 2017 graduate of Nevada High School (and brother to Carrie Brown). A huge sports fan, Brown attended DMACC for auto collision and auto body. He currently works for Karl Chevrolet in Ankeny.
3) The council approved the Nevada Fire Department’s participation in a regional grant application for the purchase of 15 to 18 portable and mobile radios. Nevada’s match if the grant funds come in will be around $12,000, Fire Chief Ray Reynolds reported. Without the grant, the cost to replace these radios will be $160,000 to $180,000. The region added the Madrid Fire Department, he said, to put the group over the 100,000 people mark and into the top five regional grants being reviewed.
4) Mardean Park in the southeast corner of Nevada will receive new playground equipment next summer. Council approved the purchase of a GameTime® piece, suitable for ages 5 to 12. The purchase is being made now, while playground equipment companies are offering sale prices, but will be installed at Mardean Park next summer.
5) Jeremy Rydl has been hired for the position of assistant public works director/street supervisor with the city of Nevada. Rydl brings 21 years of experience with the Iowa DOT. This is a newly created position, approved by the council back in July. Street Superintendent Mike Neal said he looks forward to having Rydl on board.
6) City Engineer Larry Stevens reported that Nevada may get a second traffic signal since the Burke expansion project along South B and previous traffic counts in the area would now warrant a signal at the corner of South B and 19th Street.
7) Nevada Public Safety Director Ric Martinez said they have started the hiring process for two new police officers. The goal is to hire one officer in November and one in December, he said.
8) Fire Chief Ray Reynolds said stover continues to be moved from the storage area south of DuPont’s facility. “That site will (eventually) be turned flat to a field,” he said. Councilman Brian Hanson said he’s received a number of comments from people, unhappy with the debris from the stover being taken away and flying off trucks as its hauled. Reynolds said that would probably be a DOT or law enforcement matter to take up with the company hauling it.