By Grace King, Mt. Pleasant News
The Mt. Pleasant Fire Department is due for an evaluation, an opportunity Mt. Pleasant city council member Brent Schleisman said is good practice every once in a while.
During the Mt. Pleasant City Council meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 13, the council approved hiring Callahan Municipal Consultants LLC to conduct a review and analysis of the city?s fire department. The evaluation will look at the city?s ordinances, fees, staffing, equipment and future operations of the department, and make recommendations from there. Schleisman said the funds for the review will come from the hotel and motel tax.
In addition to reviewing the Mt. Pleasant Fire Department, improvements also will be made to the city?s recreational trail. The city received a $250,000 grant from the Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) to add a paved trail to the Iris Street Recreational Trail from Washington Street south on Iris to the end of the trail in front of the Ashford Park Subdivision.
?The trail is going to cost about double that potentially,? Mayor Steve Brimhall said. ?We try to get all the, so to speak, free money we can get to do these projects.?
Schleisman said this grant will ?finish that gap? between the trail so people will be able to walk all the way from East Lake to Wal-Mart.
In addition to paving the trail system, the Mt. Pleasant Airport is due for a runway upgrade. Schleisman said that the runway will need to be repaved by 2019, and that it has been 15 years since the runway was last paved.
?And it won?t be cheap to do the runway,? Brimhall added.
In other news, after complaints from residents on North Main Street, the council passed an amendment that trash receptacles must be removed from the right of way within 24 hours of collection. Council member Terry McWilliams said that residents complained that trash cans are being left on the street curb longer than they should be.
In old business, the city council approved a resolution to not exceed $700,000 for pool and park improvements because they are not an essential corporate purpose.
The council also approved an ordinance establishing no parking on the west and east sides of North Grand Avenue from Winfield north to the bypass. Brimhall said that currently trucks are pulling off the road and parking on the shoulders, causing damage to city light poles and banner arms.
The Mt. Pleasant Police Department is still taking names for families in need for their toy drive. Names are being accepted through Dec. 18. Police Chief Ron Archer said that if anyone knows a family in need during the holidays to give the police department a call.
The next Mt. Pleasant City Council meeting will be Wednesday, Jan. 10 at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall.