Monona Council OKs repairs to section of West Franklin

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By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

A 110-foot section of West Franklin Street, in Monona, will be getting much-needed repairs.

The road narrows at one point, said city administrator Dan Canton at the Feb. 18 council meeting, and drivers are catching the corner and traveling onto the gravel edge, causing the road to deteriorate.

The council approved Bacon Concrete, of Postville, to make the repairs, at a cost of $4,505. Canton said the damaged portion of the road will be excavated out, then replaced with 7-inch-thick concrete. The 110-foot stretch will start out 9 feet wide, then taper down to 4 feet. 

City seeking grant for trail extension

Canton said the city plans to apply for a matching grant of up to $25,000 for an extension of the Butterfly Trail from Gateway Park to Spruce Street. 

This grant, which must be submitted in June, coincides with a REAP grant the city will submit in August. If Monona is awarded both grants, that would amount to $100,000 in funding.

“That’s kind of the ballpark of what this [project] is going to be,” Canton said.

The extension will be 1,200 lineal feet and will include a continuation of hot mix asphalt from Gateway Park to Oak Street, then transition to concrete as it gets to Spruce Street.

Garden View funds transferred

The council authorized the transfer of monies from the Garden View Sinking Fund, Garden View Reserve Fund and Garden View Depreciation Fund to the Garden View Proceeds Fund. Since the city no longer owns Garden View, those separate funds are not necessary, said Canton. Instead, remaining monies can all go together in the Garden View Proceeds Fund, which was created when the senior living facility was sold.

After that, the council authorized the transfer of monies from the Garden View Proceeds Fund to other city accounts, including the park fund, to cover what was taken out for the city park restroom project. Funds will also go toward paying for a standby generator, preliminary engineering for the reconstruction of a portion of Page Street, as well as to pay down the Bulldog Boulevard paver project.

Public hearing for budget set

The council set a public hearing for Monday, March 4, at 6 p.m., for the 2019-2020 fiscal budget. The estimated total tax levy rate per $1,000 valuation on regular property is $14.52875.

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