Posted Online: Jan. 14, 2013, 10:16 pm
Colona faces tab for state-mandated road work
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By Lisa Hammer, firstname.lastname@example.org
COLONA -- The city could be on the hook for $750,000 for a state-mandated improvement at East 550th Street and U.S. 6, across from Stonebridge subdivision, Ald. Larry Swemline told the city council Monday night.
The state is requiring the city to move the street south of U.S. 6 and to put in a turn lane. He said the city must file paperwork for final approval with the state by the end of January.
Alderman also voted to send a letter to the county objecting to Erik Jones' plans for runoff from a "big building and a humongous parking lot."
"The county building inspector approved it, but nobody ever asked us," said Ald. Swemline. Ald. Rich Holman said Colona should have been able to review or sign off on the drainage plan.
Another letter will go to the Hennepin Canal State Parkway site superintendent in an attempt to get him to provide the city with signage for the Hennepin Canal park at Colona. Aldermen expressed frustration at working to signs for two years with no luck.
Aldermen discussed, but took no action on, Henry County tourism director Cathy Foes' request the city renew its pledge to give five percent of its hotel/motel tax to the tourism council.
"It's important to get the word out of what we have out there, especially with the Hennepin Canal," Mayor Danny McDaniel said. "I encourage you to strongly start thinking about continuing our partnership with Henry County Tourism."
Ms. Foes said consultants are coming to the county Feb. 3 to go through all the communities and then to hold a "tourism and destination assessment workshop" for the Henry, rural Rock Island and Mercer county region at Bishop Hill from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Feb. 7. She noted the study won't be completed until the end of July.
The council also approved a new officer for the police department despite the mayor's concerns about the budget deficit. Ald. Mike King said the city went one year with nine officers and the overtime cost more than a tenth officer would have cost.