DeWitt’s 24th annual Autumn Fest is scheduled for Sept. 9.  

The DeWitt City Council approved temporary closure of downtown streets for the event that includes food stands, children’s games and a beer   garden.

At its Monday meeting, the council approved installation of a three-way   stop at East Fourth Avenue and East Eighth Street and the new school   access. The three-way stop is closest to the new middle school and  intermediate school and will provide a safe street crossing for  pedestrians. The signs have already been installed in preparation for  the beginning of school.

In the traffic control issue at East Fourth Street, City Administrator  Steve Lindner informed the council that Public Works Director Matt  Proctor, Police Chief David Porter and he had met and agreed to a speed  trailer to gather data on traffic and speeds in the area. The  information will be brought back to the council.

The council approved a contract with Municipal Pipe Tool Co. of Hudson  for smoke testing of about 84,000 linear feet of sanitary sewer on 11th  Street. The smoke testing will point out areas of storm water  infiltration. Cost of the work is not to exceed $30,000 at 35 cents  per lf or an expected $28,140 total.

Finance Director Deanna Rodriguez told the council the city had received a 2011 HOME grant. The Iowa Finance Authority now administers  the grants and because of recent changes in grant procedures, the city  can no longer contract out for general administration of the funds.  

Technical services can still be contracted. The city can be reimbursed up to $12,000 plus $3,000 for local match  if it administers the funds internally. Previously the East Central   Intergovernmental Association assisted in that function. At the  recommendation of Rodriguez, the council approved administration by  the city. The grant will assist six homebuyers in purchasing and  rehabilitating their new homes. The award is for $218,994.

The council approved a street closure on Nov. 20 for the fourth  annual Gateway Red Cross Run for the Red 5K run and health walk and the third and final reading of an amendment to the code of ordinances  prohibiting the use of engine brakes in the city.

The council discussed a shared sanitary sewer lateral at 922 and 916 Fourth Ave. The laterals should be separated, Lindner said, and  that would require a second lateral about a 100 feet long.

An  easement would also have to be acquired. Estimates for the work will  be brought to the council.

Parks and Recreation Director Kevin Lake said the DeWitt Aquatic  Center will close for the season on Sept. 6, and Mayor Don Thiltgen  said he would seek another term for mayor.

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