Council approves annexation for DG

LIME SPRINGS - The annexation of the property to be used for a possible Dollar General store was approved at the Lime Springs City Council meeting on May 2.
In addition, the property was changed from Ag land to Commercial property. It is located just south of Upper Iowa Beef.
A building permit was not approved, as the contractor’s plans did not have the sewer running to the south edge of the property. The additional length of sewer will make it easier for other businesses to attach to the frontage road south of Dollar General.
• Drew Weber of Bolton & Menk Engineers reported on the W. Jackson St. Project. At the time of the meeting, the south half of the road had been paved with concrete. The north half would be done and the intersection with Main St. would be mostly hand work to complete.
“I grabbed every paper copy of plans and records around town,” Weber said. “We will scan them and make them available to the City.”
• Chief Scott Osmondson of the Lime Springs Fire Department reported one fire, a mutual aid for Chester on Saturday, April 29. Firefighters were also called to help with some DNR prescribed burns.
“We are looking to get two sets of turnout gear a year, to rotate them out. Each full set is $5,000-6,000. Every 10 years, they should be changed out. We have two sets that are 19 years old.”
Council person Jeff Burnikel noted, “Chester gave their old gear to some guys who take it down to Mexico.” The chief responded that Lime Springs has done that as well.
• Eddie Miller gave an update on the Library. “The Memorial Day Luncheon is from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on May 29. The Library is honoring the 2023 graduates.The Community Art Show open house will be May 13 from 1-4 p.m.”
Council liason to the Library, Burnikel asked about the expansion. “There are no itemized list of what things cost.”
Miller replied, “We are not using your funds. We are using our funds.”
Burnikel countered, “But we own the building.”
To which, Miller replied, “Then maybe you should pay.” Burnikel noted he has asked for an itemized list at every meeting and been denied.
Council person Richard Cottrell then asked why there was only one exit from the board room.
Miller said if the occupancy was 24, then a door would be required.
City Clerk Jane Tibbals will look into what the insurance company would suggest. Cottrell explained, “I just want a second opinion.”
• Laney Frazer reported she is the new chairperson for the Park & Pool Board, as Sharla Lieder had resigned at the last board meeting. Bob Frazer was taking Laney’s spot as a voting member.
The new pool phone number is 563-203-7120.
She stated softball signup and park cleanup day was taking place on May 6. The board is still looking for coaches and helpers.
Pastor Paula Hemann is having the Mother’s Day program. The plan is to open the pool on June 3. “We are having trouble getting some guards. So far we just have three — Kristen Frazer, Alayna Larson and Ana Gibbs, who have WSI. But there are more who are taking classes.” The three guards were approved.
Public Works Director Tyler Smith stated he ordered enough chemicals to go into next year. “I got more because the cost is going up.”
John McKenzie of H&M Underground Solutions gave a presentation on the work to be done at the pool to fix the leaky pipes. The total quote is $58,250, which includes larger and better pipes. “This should last for the rest of the life of the pool.”
Depending on lead time of materials, he could do the work before or after the swimming season.
• Smith gave council a list of projects taking place or accomplished. He used a chunk of culvert and rock on which the new storage container could be placed, near the water tower.
Tarzan had finished with taking down trees, and Smith also did some tree trimming.
Smith and Jerry White cleaned up and leveled the Tienter property, where the buildings were torn down.
He ordered five engine brake signs for all roads leading into town. Talk then went to how busy it is in town with the detour on Highway 9. Many of the out-of-state drive-throughs are running stop signs, especially at the N. Miller and E. Jackson intersection. Rumble strips were mentioned to make people more aware of stopping.
Smith has plans to take the sewer test this month.
• Council decided not to reimburse Heather Tucke for water line damage.
• Council discussed lighting on Main St. Currently, the lights are dim and many are not working, making the downtown area dark.
The next regular meeting will be on Tuesday, June 6 at 6:30 p.m.

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