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KALONA – The Kalona Community Center project continues to move ahead.
Monday night, the Kalona City Council approved the agreement to receive a $500,000 grant to help fund the project.
That grant, however, comes with a string attached.
“The caveat is that we will need to raise $100,000,” City Administrator Ryan Schlabaugh said.
The planning process for the project is coming to an end. Schlabaugh said a meeting is scheduled this week with architects, the electrical engineer and others to discuss the placement of the emergency generator in the plans.
“This is the last in-person meeting we are going to have,” Schlabaugh said.
After placing the generator on the plans, the last planning task is finding a spot for the trash bins.
Schlabaugh is now working on bid packages. He said the bid for asbestos removal should be awarded in June, and he is working with architects on the overall bid package for construction.
He said the plan now is to complete construction in an eight- to 10-month timeframe.
In his city administrator report, Schlabaugh said the city has raised $54,000 for the Kalona Memorial Project. The paver stones are being sent for engraving. The city has set a June 17 target for installing the paver stones.
To meet the installation deadline, the city has set a May 10 deadline to order paving stones.
The council also approved a trio of resolutions to receive credit for watershed planning under FEMA’s community rating system.
The three measures are:
• Agreeing not to develop a city-owned lot on Third Street adjacent to Salveson Creek.
• Establishing best management practices from the English River Watershed Management Authority.
• Establish best management practices from the Kalona Watershed Plan.
Schlabaugh said the resolutions do not commit the city to any action plan. The resolutions help identify opportunities and challenges to flooding issues in the city.