Kahoka Council Debates Possible Snow Ordinance
By Mike Scott
Snow Routes or Snow Emergency declaration? The City of Kahoka is wrestling with the question of how to get vehicles moved off the streets to clear snow in a timely and efficient matter. The issue was discussed at length during the Board of Aldermen’s Monday, February 7 meeting. The discussion started at the January meeting, before the recent record snowstorm.
Snow routes would be selected streets where on-street parking would be prohibited until the snow was cleared. A snow emergency declaration would ban parking on all streets until snow was cleared. Currently, the city has neither policy in place.
“My proposal would be to go with a snow emergency ordinance,” said Mayor Wayne Blum. “When we have enough snow, declare it, and everyone has to get their cars off the streets.”
Police Officer Daron Dalton noted that Quincy recently used its snow emergency powers to tow parked vehicles from the streets, but that they did not charge the residents for the towing. Kahoka would not have that option.
“I like the idea of snow routes with signs posted along the route. When there is snow, you can’t park there,” countered Alderman Curtis Mack.
Street committee members Jerry Webber and Curtis Mack with come up with a proposal and report to the board in the future.
The board also approved two engineering agreements with French-Reneker. The first was to design Year 6 of Kahoka’s waterline replacement project
at a cost of $9400, slightly less than last year. The second agreement was to design the variable speed drive pumping system for Kahoka’s water plant at Wayland. ?That design work is expected to cost up to $18,700.
The board also heard a proposal from Deputy Chief Daron Dalton to purchase a new Ford Fusion at a cost of $16,793, rather than purchase a used highway patrol vehicle for $12,500. The vehicle would replace one of Kahoka’s current police cars.
In other business, the council:
--Approved building permits for Toni McCluskey, Daniel Vineyard and Seth Shannon.
--Gave second reading to its proposed ordinance requiring sewer lines be capped when building are torn down.
--Heard a report from Valerie Brown about the need for sidewalk improvement. (See related story on Page 12)
--Agreed to advertise for sale the city-owned lot on the north side of the square.
--Discussed the need to update the city’s ATV license ordinance.
--Fire Chief Lary Fountain reported that the rural department received a matching grant for new pagers. The cost to the city will be $1500-1700.
--Jerry Webber reported that the cable system needed to add two T1 lines for additional internet capacity at a cost of $2300 per month. The board approved of the three-year deal.
--Alderman Jeff Wood thanked the street crew for their hard work clearing the streets after the snowstorm. He also noted that contractors may have to find a way to haul off snow rather than pile it on neighboring properties.