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Jasper County Tribune

Six things to know from the June 22 Baxter City Council meeting

1. A citizen concern was addressed by the council dealing with street parking. Adam Singletary spoke with the council about neighbors parking vehicles in front of his residence making visibility difficult when backing out of his driveway. He also cited the safety issue for his family being on a busy corner intersection.

Baxter Police Chief John Hicks said he had surveyed the area and recommended a no parking area on the south side of East Rippey Avenue from the intersection of East Rippey Avenue to South High Street measuring 70 feet to the west and on the north side of East Rippey Avenue from the intersection of South High Street running 70 feet to the east. The recommendation will go before the council in July as an ordinance for approval.

2. Hicks reported 14 calls for service with four after hour calls. The primary complaints received included neighbor disputes on parking, vehicle speeds and noise.

The police department has been related to the new location on Main Street. The new part-time officer is set to complete his MMPI and background check.

3. The council approved to deed to the property at 109 S. Main St. from the Baxter Economic Development Committee to the city for the relocation of the police department. Baxter City Clerk Peg Kimberley said the BEDC is working with current building owners on condo rules/fees. Once completed the agreement can be written for approval.

4. Public works director Shawn Fuller reported Denco will perform street crack sealing. He has contacted by a company regarding a quote for solar panels for the wastewater facilities. He will rather the information and present it to council for consideration.

Council approved obtaining quotes to remove the hay from around the lagoons and the Geise Park retention pond instead of paying to have mowed regularly.

Fuller reported during the walk through of West Field Horizon Phase IV it was noted the detention basin did not appear to be built to design. It was later determined the basin was incorrect and will need to be corrected before approval of the final plat.

5. A resolution approving the municipal water purchase agreement between the City of Baxter and the Iowa Regional Utilities Association was approved by council. During the discussion, councilman Dan Kunkel questioned the lack of clarification of when the final connection payment must be paid by the city. Councilman Josh Meckley said it was agreed in the previous negotiations the final payment would be made once decommission of city facilities was completed. Kunkel requested clarification of the due to be written into the agreement.

6. Danny Samson was approved to the Baxter Planning and Zoning Commission.

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