November 26, 2021

Airport and North Maple projects ongoing for council

A public hearing has been by set by Creston City Council for 6 p.m. Dec. 7 regarding a water main project on North Maple Street.

During its Nov. 9 meeting, Creston Water Works Board approved $100,000 in local, matching funds to replace three blocks of water main on North Maple, between Adams and Howard streets. The funds is contingent upon securing a $400,000 community development block grant.

The replacement of the water main originally installed in 1890 is necessary as the current infrastructure is not capable of meeting the needs of the projected residential and commercial tenents once four development projects are complete.

Addam Wall of RANT, LLC, developers of Maple Street Apartments, created a non-profit as a means to facilitate renovation of properties at 110, 112, and 124 N. Maple St. and a new building on the empty lot at 120 N. Maple St.

Airport update

The council approved an engineering firm for Creston Municipal Airport projects based on the recommendation of the airport commission.

City Administrator Mike Taylor said the city went through an airport consultant selection process by soliciting consultant firms based on their experience in similar projects.

“Six firms were asked to submit qualifications, three firms submitted packets of qualifications, one declined and two did not respond.

The Creston Airport Commission met to score the submissions and selected Bolton & Menk.

“Bolton & Menk had the highest score, scoring 94.9% of the points available,” Taylor said.

Representatives from Bolton & Menk will now begin the process of determining if there are any existing contracts between the City of Creston and the former firm it worked on airport projects with, Clapsaddle-Garber (CGA).

In other city news, the council:

• approved a fund transfer of $37,210.25.

• established a second reading of the Chapter 160, Small Cells Guidelines with the purpose of amending city code by adding a new chapter to establish general procedures and standards, consistent with state and federal law, for the siting, construction, installation, collocation, modification, relocation, operation and removal of small cell wireless technology within the city’s rights-of-ways.

• held a public hearing to ratify the transfer of property of city-owned real estate to Jeff and Linda Lamb. The transfer of property happened years ago but it was discovered there was an error within the legal description that requires a modification. No one from the public spoke in support or protest during the hearing, therefore the council unanimously approved it.

• approved the positions of part-time police officers.

• approved purchasing a 2021 John Deere Gator for $19,227.31 for Parks and Recreation.

• approved a pay application of $18,079.07 to Cornerstone Commercial Contractors for work completed on the CDBG Uptown Facade Rehabilitation Project.

• approved a drawdown of $9,039 for the facade project.

• approved policies in regard to the FEMA Homeland SEcurity Grant for a generator to be installed at the waste water treatment plant.

• approved the installation of a large Christmas Tree near the northeast corner of the depot at the request of the Merry Marketplace committee.

• approved a $20,000 performance contract between the city of Creston and TMC Touring for Molly Hatchet, and pay fees at required time based on recommendation of the Park & Recreation Board.

Sarah Scull

SARAH SCULL

Sarah Scull is a San Diego transplant living in Creston, Iowa. Sarah joined the Creston News Advertiser editorial staff as a reporter in in 2012 and was promoted to managing editor in November 2018. After two years in that role, she has since become associate editor to spend her time doing what she loves – writing and photography.