Carroll Council Will Tackle Real Estate Purchases For Highway 30 And Grant Road Project At First Meeting of 2018

The newly elected Carroll City Council members, Mike Kots, Jerry Fleshner and Clay Haley, along with Mayor, Dr. Eric Jensen, were officially sworn in for 2018 at the final meeting of 2017. And now everyone is ready to get down to work at the first City Council meeting of the new year on Monday, Jan. 8. One of the major topics on the agenda is the upcoming work on the Highway 30 and Grant Road intersection in Carroll. A public hearing will be held on the plans, specifications, form of contract and estimates of cost for the joint city/Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) project. Director of Public Works, Randy Krauel, says they will also be officially offering to purchase real estate along the expansion route that begins at the current Casey’s property and extends to the east to the far edge of the former Carroll Salvage lot. Purchases include property from Casey’s, from the City of Carroll, who owns the lot where the former Casey’s sat and a triangle on the northwest corner of the intersection, and a portion west of the former Subway building. Krauel says the city is not involved in the purchase of the Subway building.

Krauel adds that all property owners along the route on both sides of Highway 30 have approved the plans presented. However, there have been concerns voiced about access during construction.

The project will also create some changes on the ability to access south Grant Road at various times.

Construction is slated to begin in the spring with the letting taking place on Jan. 17. Krauel says they have allotted 115 construction days for the project, which does not include weekends, holidays or days when construction cannot be completed due to weather. This means it is projected to take the entire construction season. Other items the council will discuss include professional services agreements and a programming space review for the Carroll Public Library and Carroll City Hall projects, an increase to the city’s cable franchise fee, approval of the 2018 meeting schedule, a review of the 2017 annual planning session and a discussion on procedural rules for the council to follow in all meetings. The meeting will begin at 5:15 p.m. Monday in the second-floor council chambers at City Hall, and the public is invited to attend. A full copy of the agenda and meeting packet can be found by following the link included below.