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City council wraps up 2012

December 18, 2012
By DAVID ALEXANDER - Staff Writer ( , Times-Republican

The Marshalltown City Council tied up several loose ends at its final meeting in 2012.

Monday night, the council passed three resolutions and three motions, most of which involved land use.

Motions to approve the airport capital improvement plan and adopt the goals set in November for the city for the next year to 18 months both passed unanimously.

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A plane prepares to take off Monday afternoon at the Marshalltown Airport. The city council approved a plan Monday night that will extend the runway by 500 feet.

The airport improvement plan is federally funded and would upgrade the runway there, adding 500 feet to the existing runway.

Randy Wetmore, city administrator, said directors in different city departments will each be assigned tasks relating to the goal setting meeting to ensure progress in each of the five areas staff outlined earlier this year. He said this year's plan is more ambitious than in years past.

Those goals are enhance city services, improve city owned property and bolster Marshalltown's public image, increase community-wide communication and collaborate better with citizens, businesses and education leaders.

"I think the day we spend on those goals was a day well spent," Mayor Thomas Thompson said. "It's a good plan."

The council also discussed assessing the value of an alley between 707 and 705 E. Boone St. Nick and Robin Mancieri requested that the city consider conveying that property to both them and their neighbor to avoid parking issues. Nobody uses the alley, Robin said.

"We don't even call it an alley," she said.

Iowa Code prevents the council from simply giving the property to the adjacent residents.

Joel Greer, third-ward council member, motioned that the two residents split a $200 cost to transfer the property to them since they already maintain it and a public auction would undoubtedly show that the property is of no use to anyone else.

Resolutions authorizing city staff to negotiate a phone service agreement with Alliance Connect and approving a $13,554 change order to the cleanout replacement project passed without incident.

Al Hoop, fourth-ward council member, voted "no" on a resolution for a farmland lease near Wal-Mart, but the resolution passed anyway.

Finally, the council discussed an ordinance to install a stop sign at the corner of West Merle Hibbs Boulevard and Sixth Street. Lynn Couch, public works director, said a speed study along Sixth Street south of Merle Hibbs down to Iowa Avenue shows 85 percent of people drive 40 mph. But the speed study presented another dilemma, Couch said.

"If we reduce the speed limit in that section, then the warrants go away for the stop signs," Couch said. "You can't really have both."

That resolution, which had previously been tabled upon completion of the speed study, will come before the council again at its next council meeting.

Council meetings will commence Jan. 7 with a Committee of the Whole meeting.



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