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By Mike Scott
Responding to concerns about the condition of the Kahoka Cemetery, the Kahoka City Council took the unusual step of terminating the current mowing contract of Josh Brunk during a special meeting on Tuesday, April 27.
As of April 27, the entire cemetery had not been completely mowed, leading to a number of complaints.
“There is a difference of opinion on what the contract means,” said Alderman Larry Young.
“The best thing to do is terminate and move on,” said Alderman Les Billings.
Alderman John Gaus made the motion to terminate the contract for cause. The motion passed unanimously.
Attending the meeting was another of the original cemetery mowing bidders, Lindahl Evans. Other bidders were no longer available. Evans said he could start Thursday, and expected it to take about 10 days to get everything caught up.
Evans’ original bid of $30,000 for mowing the Kahoka Cemetery was accepted unanimously.
The board held a public hearing the voluntary annexation request by Bob Hoover, owner of the former Kahoka Bowl bowling alley. Hoover is converting the property into apartments, and want to access city water and sewer. Currently, the bowling alley, the VFW and Troutman’s use the lagoon behind the bus garage. The council voted 4-0 to have an annexation ordinance prepared.
The council also approved a request to vacate the platted but undeveloped Lawrence Street in the northwest part of Kahoka, along with platted and undeveloped alley. Lawrence Street is located between Cleveland and Eichorn, near the former Gregory Antiques.
The council took no action on a request to vacate West Court Street between Cleveland and Martin Avenue.
They did discuss whether or not to pave the potential street, and whether or not to make it one way. Mayor Jerry Webber reported that the school district thinks it might alleviate some traffic congestion near Black Hawk.
The council approved an ordinance allowing Mayor Webber to sign documents relating to the city’s latest sidewalk (TAP) grant.
Action on renewing the contract with Kahoka Veterinary Clinic for animal control boarding was tabled until the next meeting.
In other business, the council:
-Approved a bid for cleaning services for the police department.
-Approved depositing roughly $700 from the sale of scrap iron back into water department funds.
-Discuss the possible annexation of the new Clark County Shed location into the city.
-Flagpoles at the cemetery will be installed prior to Memorial Day. There are still four available for sponsorship, at a cost of $500.