City administrator updates Pachyderms on projects

Kinser

Kinser

On Friday, City Administrator Jessica Kinser gave point-by-point and detailed updates on a Highway 14 project, police and fire building, and proposed Veterans Memorial Coliseum improvements among others to local Republicans during a presentation at Legends American Grill.

In 2019, the Iowa Department of Transportation will resurface Highway 14 from north to south.

“On the south side, the city is examining our options related to replacement/enhancement of the medians from La Frentz Lane to Olive Street,” Kinser said. “On the north side, the city is pursuing funding for as study of the North Third Avenue corridor looking into design and aesthetics.”

The Iowa State graduate said public meetings with a consultant hired to evaluate the VMC offered design ideas and options for making the building Americans with Disabilities Act compliant while enhancing the recreational and event space needs of residents.

The second floor of the building is unusable because it does not meet ADA requirements.

It has been proposed an elevator be installed on the west side to satisfy ADA.

Prochaska & Associates of Omaha, architects, and Story Construction Co., of Ames, construction managers, were hired by the city to design and monitor construction respectively of the joint police and fire building. Kinser said they have been meeting regarding building details.

“City employees will be demolishing the Knights of Columbus Hall after asbestos abatement has been completed,” she said.

Afterwards, residents will notice heavy equipment being moved in to grade the former KC lot and one adjoining, commonly known as the “Old EconoFoods” site.

Additionally, Kinser said a special election will be held Aug. 1 to ask residents if the city can change how it uses local option sales tax funds.

If approved, the city will continue to fund street and storm sewer projects, while providing additional funds to property tax relief and any lawful purpose.

“Public information sessions will be scheduled in June and July,” she said.

Kinser also talked of progress staff and council have made working with various community partners on improving housing opportunities, enhancing Marshalltown’s public image, continually improving the city’s organization and services and strengthening the quality of life.

Kinser celebrated her sixth month employment anniversary May 15, having come to Marshalltown from Clinton after a five-year tenure.

She described Marshalltown as a “great community, strong in collaboration and one which has a demonstrated track record of supporting numerous causes.”

For more information, contact Kinser at 641-754-5799 or jkinser@ci.marshalltown.ia.us.