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July 20, 2016 Kalona News - City looks at walking path, bridge to connect across Highway 1
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ARTICLE DESCRIPTION:

A walking/bicycle path across Highway 1 near Dollar General to connect Kalona proper and Harvest Hill Subdivision appeared to be the favorite choice of Kalona City Council members Monday for a state REAP grant application. It would include a pedestrian bridge over Salvesen Creek.

City Administrator Ryan Schlabaugh listed three possible projects for the grant application – the path, development of the city lot as a small park on B Avenue and sidewalks to connect the city park to the downtown area. He noted that they had twice applied for REAP funds for the city park project and been turned down both times. He recommended going with the city lot development or the path and bridge.

The city had been approved for a $292,000 Iowa Department of Transportation grant to create a pedestrian/bicycle path from the Bunker Mill Bridge to Richmond. That is no longer on the table, said Schlabaugh, because of the unavailability of the bridge.

Julie Bowers, director of the North Skunk River Greenbelt Association (NSRGA ) out of Grinnell, has taken control of the historic bridge crossing the English River and has installed 8-foot high chain link fences topped with barbwire on both entrances. She claims to have dissolved the local Friends of Bunker Mill Bridge, saying the group was just a committee under NSRGA and her organization has complete ownership of the structure.

Schlabaugh said he will see if the DNR will allow the city to repurpose the grant.

Only one bid was received for the demolition of the house located just north of the Community Center. Kos Excavating submitted a $16,100 bid to remove the structure and level the lot, which will be used for parking once the Center addition is completed.

City Administrator Report:

Seventh Street Gas Main Replacement – Alliant is continuing to do gas main replacement north of H Avenue. They estimate being in town another 3-4 weeks.

Town Ball: Town Ball is 100 percent complete and all of the tournament teams and All Star teams have finished up.

Knights of Columbus Tournament: This Friday – Sunday will be the Knights of Columbus tournament. I will have a full schedule on Tuesday of games but it looks like most of the day Saturday and part of Sunday.

13U Regional Tournament: Everything is coming together for the regional tournament in late July. We are assisting with the creation of the brochure and at this time are just awaiting the info on the teams that won their state tournaments. -

City - see page 11A

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