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5/3/2017 3:56:00 PM
Byron city council hears library presentation

By Gretta Becay

At their meeting April 25, the Byron city council members listened to a short presentation about the possibility of building a library/community center in Byron.

A group of people has been working on the project for almost two years. They provided their results to the council members prior to the meeting, and representatives from the group, Jane Cabaya and JoAnn Brooks, spoke at the meeting.

About 30 people came to show their support to the council and the library committee presented petitions with more than 600 signatures asking council members to consider launching a feasibility study.

Council member Dan Mesenburg said he had no problem moving forward with researching the cost of a feasibility study and members directed City Administrator Mary Blair-Hoeft to gather more information about the cost of that and whether or not there are funds in the 2017 budget to pay for a study.

Besides Cabaya and Brooks, group members include Sue Briske, Nancy Nehring, Judy Jacobsen-Schmalzbauer, Kelly McLain, Gayle Jaben, and Jammie Hanson. Also volunteering were Don Huston, Joni Prigge, Joan Skare, and Sue Conant. Regional organizations that support the idea are the Byron Lions Club, SELCO - Southeastern Libraries Cooperating, the Byron Community Foundation and Byron public schools.

Higher bids for 2017 roadwork will raise assessments

Bids have come in for the 2017 street improvements including First Ave NE from Fourth St to Seventh St NE, Third Ave NE from Fourth St to Seventh St NE, Meadowlark Court, and Sixth St NW west of Second Ave NW. City Engineer Bill Angerman from WHKS, explained that the higher bids will increase the amount assessed to property owners, particularly homeowners on Meadowlark Court. There the proposed assessments jumped from $1,635 to $1,986 for a regular lot and from $2,450 to $2,979 for a corner lot.

Assessments for the work on First Ave NE and Third Ave NE went up a much smaller amount, from $933 to $997.

There will be a public hearing at the 6 p.m. May 23 meeting concerning the proposed assessments.

Weather causes construction delays

Weather has already caused construction delays around town, Angerman explained to the council; particularly the completion of the Byron Community Recreation Complex and the replacement of an old culvert under Seventh St NE.

Angerman explained that notice to road users must be given for days before a road is closed but, if the weather is too wet, the project cannot be completed as scheduled so the notice dates must be changed. He advised residents to watch for new notifications.

He also talked about the costly delays to the Byron Community Recreation Complex. The eroding of the gravel/rock base of the parking lot costs the city money every time the gravel washes into the surrounding dirt. He said work on the concession stand is being completed though.

Read the rest of the story in the print edition of the Byron Review.

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