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May 4, 2017 Featured - Riverside - Riverside council gets update on its projects
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At the first meeting of May for the Riverside City Council, MMS Consultants were present to provide an update on projects being worked on for the city.

MMS Consultants updated the council members on developments concerning the Washburn and Second streets improvement project and Hall Park drainage issues.

For the Washburn Street and Second Street project a pair of agreements for the cost-sharing for parking improvements with Trinity Methodist Church and Sorden-Lewis Funeral Home were discussed.

Under the proposed agreement with the church and funeral home, the city would contract Dave Schmitt Construction out of Cedar Rapids for the removal of trees and the resulting stumps for the church parking, pay for the grading and sod of the area, and maintain the storm piping, intakes, and parking service for both projects.

The city in return asked that the church and funeral home would pay 50 percent of the subbase and concrete costs.

In a letter to the city, the church said their board had approved a 25 percent cost-sharing, with their reasoning being that as a non-profit, they should not have to pay as much as a for profit business.

No action was taken on their agreements and the city attorney will be contacted about whether or not to make any changes.

They also received estimates on tree and concrete removal to assist with drainage in Hall Park, but no action was taken.

A public hearing was held on the sale of a lot in the Cherry Lane subdivision. The sale was approved to James Volk of Tiffin for the amount of $35,000.

Two public hearings will be held at the May 15 meeting for garbage and storm sewer rates.

A committee was formed during the meeting to handle the idea of bringing a dog park to the city with the Riverside Area Community Club spearheading the effort. RACC also updated council members on Trek Fest, which is next month.

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