Last night there was a full house at the Senior Center for the City Council meeting. The subject of concern was the paving project.
Matt Johnson of Wohl Engineering reported the vote on March 13 was 48.54% against the paving, and 52.46% for. Bonnie Helm, council member, walked us back through what happened at that March meeting. On a visual basis of the map the board thought the paving vote had failed and voted to cease the project. After the motion, the engineer arrived, counted the votes, and discovered that the majority of the votes were in favor. The City Council had made an erroneous motion that they rescinded last night.
Both sides of the paving issue were given 15 minutes to give their views; with good points for each side. The cost of the project was the main point against the paving. The price tag is 1.6 million that would be spread over 20 years. Some of the points the speakers in favor of the paving had were improved property value, reduced dust and allergies, easier to ride bikes and walk on, shows progress, and brings people to Anamoose. Mike Schmaltz, council member stated “How do we keep putting money into the same roads, and ignore others”.
A task force was selected to discuss several issues that had been brought up at the meeting. They will report back at the May meeting.