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June 21, 2013

Locals not happy with street work

CAMANCHE — Camanche city officials and residents there are not happy with the outcome of a $4 million construction project.

At a meeting this week, Camanche City Council members expressed their utter displeasure with the final product of Washington Boulevard.

"It's not a good-looking product, we've all come to that conclusion," Mayor Ken Fahlbeck said.

Councilman Trevor Willis opened the discussion, stating he had received multiple complaints from city residents about over-spraying on the street's crosswalks.

"I told everyone once they put paint down it would take away from the grinding but now they're all telling me that it still looks terrible. It does look terrible," Willis said.

The grinding Willis referred to is the street crew's attempt to level uneven areas in the asphalt along the length of the street.

When the city planned street specs with the Iowa Department of Transportation, they placed specific guidelines the construction crews were supposed to follow. Upon completion of the project, it became clear those specs were in fact not followed, city officials say.

"We've done the best we can within our power," Fahlbeck said.

Willis' biggest concern with the project and for future planning is accountability if something of this nature happens again.

"Nobody wants to stand up and be accountable but who is going to cover the council (when things go wrong)?" Willis asked.

Although the council is unhappy with the results of the construction project, there were some positive comments made at the meeting.

"At least it's better than it was," councilwoman Linda Kramer said. "There is a lot of positive (from it) but the physical appearance looks bad."

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