City Council gets update on Facade Project


Plans to construct a pedestrian trail corridor under highway 34 is one step closer to reality following last night’s city council meeting.

The council approved a resolution approving a professional services agreement between the city and Garden & Associates for design services for the project, pending the approval of a Community Attraction and Tourism grant totaling 130-thousand, 875 dollars. The project will connect the north and south trail system via an under pass located under highway 34. If the application for the CAT grant is not approved, the agreement between the city and Garden & Associates will be void.

City crews will provide in kind services which will include survey, field inspections, quality assurance and contract management. The City electrical department will install the lighting and camera system and in-kind services. Once completed, the city will become the owner of the tunnel and be responsible for maintenance.

The Trails Council will provide more than 175-thousand dollars, The Legacy Foundation has made a commitment in the amount of 260-thousand dollars, and Wapello County has pledged five thousand dollars towards the project. The city will provide in kind services totaling more than 42-thousand dollars.

Also during last night’s meeting, the council got an update on the Facade Program currently under way in the 300 block of East Main Street. Rod Curtis one of the contractors working on the project told the city council crews are working from west to east on both sides of Main Street. He said crews will continue to work on the project into the winter months, but cautioned crews will work until conditions get too cold. Curtis says he is working with the owners of the buildings and everything appears to be going well. He said as work progresses crews have run into a few structure problems. Curtis says awnings on the buildings will not go up until next spring.