Under the agreement the Director would be responsible to both the City and SCDC. After the agreement was approved, concerns were voiced about how differences of opinion between the City and SCDC would be handled. At their meeting Wednesday the City Council approved an amendment to the original memorandum of understanding. Under this amendment if there is a disagreement between the City and SCDC each entity will select two representatives and together the four selected representatives will serve as a resolution committee. If that committee cannot agree and the two entities cannot agree, it would go to an arbitrator. The SCDC Board is also expected to approve the amendment.
In other business the Council set September 19th as the date for a public hearing on vacating the alley on the South side of Iowa State Bank and discussed the possibility of imposing weight limits on Country Club Road traffic. It’s still not clear if the City has the power to do this since it is a Farm to Market Road, so no action was taken. Council member Ron Rensink said that most of the complaints he has heard are not about weight, but about the length of the tractor-trailers, and the blatant disregard for the stop sign at the intersection with 9th Street. It was also noted that the sign on Highway 60 indicates there are full services at the Country Club Road exit. Council members felt this is misleading and results in unnecessary traffic on Country Club Road. No action was taken until more information becomes available.
The council also heard from Pete Hamil representing the Moonlite Crewzers who hold their Cruise Night each year on the Sunday night before Labor Day. Hamil expressed concerns about the lack of law enforcement to stop illegal activity which is not condoned by the Crewzers. We’ll have more on that story on later newscasts.