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.