A large grant that will fund road improvements in the West Industrial Park for Ryerson’s was approved at Monday night’s Nevada City Council meeting.

The city found out the Iowa Department of Transportation had approved their request for Revitalize Iowa’s Sound Economy Program (RISE) funds in the amount of up to $507,937 (city) and $507,938 (county) or 50 percent of the total cost, whichever is smaller. The funds will be used to construct a road running perpendicular to Airport Road in between Highway 30 and West F Avenue. Construction is slated to begin in September and conclude in August 2014.

Lincoln Highway, 590th Avenue improvements update

City Engineer Larry Stevens gave the Council an update on plans to widen the intersection to prepare for truck traffic turning at the intersection to go to the DuPont Cellulosic Ethanol Plant. The original plan was to have the project begin the first of May and conclude in November. Instead, work will begin on 590th Avenue on May 1, weather-permitting, and any work on Lincoln Highway will be delayed until Highway 30 is closer to being complete. This will prevent Lincoln Highway from being closed at the same time construction is going on for Highway 30. It is unknown at this time when work will begin on Lincoln Highway, but it will be sometime later this year.

The project includes paving 1,200 feet of 590th Avenue to accommodate traffic going to the plant. In addition, turning lanes will be added to the intersection by widening and putting overlay on Lincoln Highway. Godbersen-Smith from Ida Grove is the contractor for the project, with a total project bid of $945,279.04.

Other agenda items included:

-Filling vacant Ward 2 council seat - Council approved a timeline for filling the anticipated vacancy after Andy Kelly, who currently holds the Ward 2 seat, is appointed to the mayoral position in May. Applications for the seat would need to be submitted by May 31. Those applications would be reviewed by a Council Vacancy Committee, who would recommend an appointment to the Council. It is anticipated an individual would be chosen to fill the seat during the June 10 Council meeting.

-2013 sidewalk program - A public hearing will be held May 28, at 6 p.m., regarding the 2013 sidewalk program. Construction will include laying new sidewalks and repairing existing sidewalks in the area known as Zone 5, between E Avenue and G Avenue, and 7th Street and 10th Street.

-Purchase of mower for wastewater department - Four quotes were received for a new zero turn mower to be used by the Wastewater Department. Council approved the bid from Ryerson’s for a John Deere Z930R mower in the amount of $4,949. Ryerson’s had the lowest bid of the four. The department will trade in the zero turn mower they have used for the past five mowing seasons.

-Visioning for City Hall/Public Safety Campus - Council members decided to ask the Leadership Nevada Class of 2014 to work on a conceptual design for the former Minsky’s property, with the help of the Council Development Committee. Students would also work with other city staff members during the project. The city has budgeted $5,000 toward the conceptual design of the area for the coming fiscal year. By having the students come up with designs for the area, the city could have expected costs for the project by next May and be able to budget funds for the implementation and construction of the project for the 2014-2015 fiscal year.