Security cameras in the city’s future?

Kinser

Kinser

A presentation by Marshall County Crimestoppers on the merits of installing security cameras throughout Marshalltown, a status report on the joint police/fire facility, and the introduction of new city administrator Jessica Kinser were key actions at  Monday’s city council meeting.

Security cameras

Times-Republican Publisher and General Manager Mike Schlesinger, representing the highly-successful Marshall County Crimestoppers program, and RACOM Co. President Mike Miller presented a security camera plan to the council. The cost is approximately 58,000. Schlesinger emphasized it was a plan to install security — and not traffic cameras — at key points throughout the city. Schlesinger, Miller, and Ken Flege of RACOM highlighted the tremendous success Dubuque has had with their system.

Law enforcement, businesses, and residents have embraced the system as it has deterred crime.

Dubuque started with a basic system, and due to its popularity, has expanded it significantly.

Schlesinger

Schlesinger

Schlesinger proposed a public-private partnership to pay for the system. The city would pay one-third, Marshall County one-third, and private businesses one-third.

A presentation will be made to Marshall County, Schlesinger said.

No formal action was taken by the council.

Joint police/fire project

The council authorized the hiring of Story Construction to be construction manager for the upcoming joint police/fire facility. A committee recommended the hire. Interim City Administrator Mark Stevens said the committee was thorough in reviewing proposals and references for the company were good. Additionally, the council approved purchase of the Marshalltown Community YMCA-YWCA property in the 900 block of South Second Street for $500,000, and adjoining property owned by Columbus Hall, Inc., 201 W. High St. for $154,750. Discussions are underway with the Marshalltown Community School District to move the current school bus transfer point on South Second Street to an area at Anson Park. Nickel estimated construction work for the new police/fire facility could begin “in eight or nine months.”

Stevens

Stevens

Aquatic Center report

Parks and Recreation director Ann Sellness said attendance was up 26 percent over 2015, but equipment expense strongly contributed to an overall loss of $57,606.

Total revenue was $97,681, up from $83,679 in 2015.

Mayor Jim Lowrance said aquatic centers typically lose money, and the facilities were not designed as profit centers.

“Aquatic centers provide valuable amenities to residents of all ages,” he said.

After hearing a separate report from Sellness, the council approved nominal increases in fees for the aquatic center, campground and rental facilities for 2017.

Conversion of Linn and Church Streets

The discussion-only topic generated exactly that after a presentation by Nickel. He re-iterated from his remarks to council Oct. 28 city crews could do much of the work required to change the current one-way streets to two-way. Exempt would be one block of Linn Street starting at Third Street proceeding one block east. Expenses — currently estimated at $50,000 — could be eligible for a Iowa Department of Transportation grant in 2018. Second ward councilor Greer has been a proponent to change the streets to two-way, citing safety, convenience, and a desire by residents and businesses for the change. Councilor-at-large Bill Martin said residents who contacted him were voting 9-1 in favor of keeping current one-way streets. Greer asked the item be put on the agenda for the Nov. 28 meeting.

In other business:

— Lowrance thanked Stevens for his work over three months.

— Approved certificate of completion and final project costs with ConStruct Inc., for construction of the Craig Circle rebuild project of $285,009.25. said residents were pleased with the work.

“It was an expensive, but necessary project,” Martin said.

— Held a public hearing and approved a resolution regarding conveyance of property on 6.71 acres of land west of JBS’ treatment facility on Marion Street.  Alliant is proposing to install a substation. Alliant is in the process of downsizing the sizes of substations, according to a report given by Nickel at the Oct. 28 meeting. No residents objected to the project orally or in writing.

— Approved a contract change order for the 2016 Ingledue and Pine Street repair project — an addition of $22,237.73.

— Resident Linda Clark asked the council to look at traffic patterns throughout the community. She claimed there were may semis driving through town — some on busy residential streets.

The next regular meeting of the city council is 5:30 p.m., Nov. 28, in council chambers, Carnegie Building, 10 W. S. State St. For more information, contact 641-754-5701, or visit ci.marshalltown.ia.us.

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Contact Mike Donahey at              641-753-6611 or mdonahey@timesrepublican.com.