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By Mike Scott
MECO engineer Brian Martin was on hand during the Monday, June 13 city council meeting in Kahoka. Martin presented an overview of the construction plans, which call for new sidewalk on the north side of West Main Street from Morgan to Johnson Street, then north on the west side of Johnson Street to Commercial, and then east one-half block on the south side of Commercial Street.
Martin presented council members with a packet of photos and plans to review. Those plans can be seen at by clicking this link .Sidewalk Project Overview
“We’re working on the environmental and MoDOT permits now,” Martin told council members.
Martin faced council questions about drainage problems on West Main. Water ponds near the alley and DB’s Quilt shop.
“The issue is we’re not redoing the road, but the sidewalk will be raised slightly,” he answered.
Alderman John Gaus asked for a timeline for the project to start.
“Hopefully this summer,” answered Martin.
In other business, the council:
•Approved liquor licenses for C&R Markets, Mac’s Duer’s, Casey’s and Ayerco. The Break Room will be considered in July.
•Mayor Tony Anderson proclaimed that fireworks may be used inside city limits between 8:00am and midnight July 1 – July 4.
Alderman Gaus asked if there was a reason Kahoka does not allow fireworks to be sold within city limits. He suggested the council review that in the coming months.
•Approved increasing all summer help to at least minimum wage. The assistant pool manager will also earn an extra dollar per hour while they are serving as manager.
•Kahoka resident Wayne Gutting asked council members about unmowed property and junk cars. Council members explained the legal process
•Rejected a bid for a new Dodge Durango police vehicle.
“We have three vehicles and one officer,” said Alderman Gaus.
•Discussed the need to raise police pay to be competitive. For example, Canton is advertising a salary of $55,000 for a police chief and over $20 per hour for officers.
•Resident Carl Hayden asked when the city would be repairing the corner of East Court and Walnut, where the street is collapsing into the ditch. A work order was made.