Westminster Drive residents turned down
Residents of the exclusive
Stonebridge Subdivision approached the council in July about a
flooding problem. The far-west-side residents said they have
contacted aldermen in the past about their problem, which has gone
on since the subdivision was built, and gotten no results. They
brought a video that demonstrated as much as 3½ feet of water
sweeping through a Westminster Drive yard. The neighborhood is
subject to an accumulation of runoff from the nearby Elks golf
course and adjacent farm fields. ["Council
views west-side subdivision flooding video"]
The developer, who would
normally be held responsible for this problem, has gone bankrupt,
and the residents asked the city for a proposal of what could be
done and how much would it cost, regardless of who would be
The subdivision was annexed
into the city and receives standard city services such as plowing
and road repairs.
Grant Eaton assessed the storm
sewer drainage system. He said it would be necessary to channel the
waters toward Fifth Street and the Wal-Mart and Kroger plaza. The
costs to enlarge the storm sewer and widen out the ditches and
upgrade the flow capacity would be exorbitant.
The only alternative he could
see might be to try to send it toward Salt Creek, but that would be
Eaton said at the Aug. 24 work
session, "Do what you want to do, but I think it's not your
problem." He observed that the surrounding properties are under
county jurisdiction and the maybe the residents should get the
The council unanimously turned
down their request.
Honorary naming practices
The common practice of honoring
someone by naming something for them has made its way into council
chambers frequently of late. Two requests to name roadways were
moved on this past week.
It was approved to name the
alleyway behind the 500 block of North Union Street the Harold
Jouett Memorial Drive. Jouett was instrumental in getting the alley
put in, and the residents of Union Street and Park Place wanted him
to be remembered for it. Signs will be erected at the petitioners'
Another request, to rename the
300 block of South Monroe Street to Rotary Road, was denied.
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The street borders the
Postville Courthouse and has one residence on it. Alderman Dave
Armbrust said he thinks this isn't a good practice to get into.
Though there is only one residence in that block, everyone in that
household would have a lot of paperwork to change their address on
checking accounts and the like. He and Alderman Benny Huskins
suggested that posting honorary signage below the street sign would
be an acceptable practice. Armbrust said that there are other option
ideas out there that they might entertain as well.
An unidentified out-of-town
member of Rotary International was present to listen to the
discussion. He will take the information to the local Rotary club.
They will need to re-petition to post an honorary plaque or sign,
and it will need to be done at their cost.
A portion of the downtown area
including the 300 block of South Chicago Street will be blocked off
this Saturday for a fund-raiser. An Elks event to raise funds for
crippled children will be taking place, with numerous activities
from morning to midnight. Highlights include food vendors, a car
cruise-in, and bands slated for the evening entertainment.
The Union Planters Bank has
offered their parking lot for additional parking for the event.
City employee will not be bumming rides off co-departments anymore
The city will be purchasing a
new vehicle for city engineer Mark Mathon's use. The current vehicle
used for that job is an older model Caprice wagon that has become
unreliable and will be quite costly to repair.
A request for sealed bids went
out last month to purchase a 2004 utility vehicle.
Two bids were opened on Aug.
Alderman Derrick Crane
announced that in committee they chose and recommended the Dennison
Ford offer for two reasons:
- It is a newer model.
It has more cargo room. The
city engineer has a lot of equipment that he carries around to
council unanimously accepted the Dennison bid.