Lansing City Council hires summer workers, hydrant flushing will be May 1

by Macie Hill

The Lansing City Council meeting was held Monday, April 15. Discussion centered around a wide variety of items.

Val Reinke of Allamakee County Economic Development was present at the meeting to explain the Demolition Program through the Northeast Iowa Regional Housing Trust Fund. The program helps ensure that northeast Iowa residents of Allamakee, Clayton, Fayette, Howard and Winneshiek counties have access to well-maintained, safe and affordable housing in both rural and urban areas of each community. No decisions were made by the council on whether or not to move forward with the program as Reinke was there to initially present the idea.

A motion was made and seconded to move forward with the inverted siphon system for the Clear Creek Arial Crossing Project. A progress payment for the amount of $50,000 to Waterworks was also approved for the City’s dock project.

Two handicapped parking spots will be placed on North Street behind the Catholic church. A motion was made and seconded to post the position for a temporary worker for the public works department. The council also voted to move forward with the negotiation with a developer regarding the Stone School.

The council hired four lawn mowers for the summer months. Three of the workers will be paid $10 an hour, and the other will be paid $11 because of past experience. Tony Becker was hired as the head softball coach, and Kerry Hogan was hired as the head baseball coach for the summer Park and Rec programs. Their wages will start at $10.25 per hour.

A public hearing will be set for May 6 at 7 p.m. for resolution #918 to consider vacation of Otis and Chestnut Streets and conveyance of easements for City property. Vacating these streets means that they are no longer streets, but they are still City property. The People Service crew will begin flushing out fire hydrants Wednesday, May 1.

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