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Oquawka Board Discusses Alleys

by Deb Olson, The Quill

The Tuesday November 1st Oquawka board meeting was short and to the point after the majority of the time was spent discussing alleys in town. In the public comment section of the meeting resident Hal Jern requested that the city grade Oquawka's alleys. This opened a discussion as to whether the alleys were to be maintained by the city or not.

Trustee Nancy Bundy stated‚ "the board does not take care of the alleys."

Jern replied that the city had previously done such work.

Trustee Scott Ray stated‚"the work was just done in the past, (the grading) while‚"the property owner paid for gravel and hauling costs." Ray also stated that he felt the maintenance crew did a fine job.

Trustee Fedler agreed with Bundy. He said that during his time on the board the city has not been responsible for the alleys. He stated his opinion that the city should not set precedents by doing this work, but should consider what is best for the city.

Trustee Lafferty noted that there isn't funding for maintaining streets much less for work on alleys.

Engineer Mick Olson informed the board that there are some publicly maintained alleys. They are maintained based on factors, such as resident access and public use.

In the end, it was agreed that the city could do the grading but, the property owner would be responsible for any gravel that might be wanted as well as hauling costs for the gravel.

In other business:

Present at the meeting were Mayor Sandra Fullerton Moody, Clerk Sandy Huff, Trustees Nancy Bundy, Robert Eldridge, Bob Lafferty, Leo Kuberski, Scott Ray and John Fedler and approximately 10 others. Attorney Andy Youngquist was absent.

The next board meeting will be Tuesday, December 6th.