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City of Colona Public Works Committee met September 5

By Rock Island Today Reports | Oct 4, 2019

City of Colona Public Works Committee met Sept. 5.

Here is the minutes provided by the committee:

CALL TO ORDER: 5:00 p.m.

ROLL CALL: Aldermen Swemline, Jones, Feliksiak were present

STAFF PRESENT: Chris LenthPublic Works Director

Barbara WinegarCity Clerk (taking notes)


➢Jennifer Hillman , a seasonal camper at CSFP, spoke to the committee stating that she would like to see a campground committee with representation of campers to address issues. She also requested clarification on sheds for the park. Chris Lenth replied the rules state a shed can be no larger than 10x10, soft sided. She then suggested that the City may want to choose some spots and make them daily camping spots. She stated that she feels the City would generate more revenue with daily spots rather than seasonal camping. Chris responded that he has only 30-35 spots open and of those, only 10-15 are usable. Six to eight of the new spots with sewer are available but none of them are pull through so they would not be good options for daily camping. Alderman Jones asked about individual meters for camp sites. The last time the price was checked, individual meters would cost $500 per meter without installation.


1.Alderman Jones received a letter which he shared with the committee requesting the use of a room free of charge to give dance lessons for a fee. The committee discussed the locations the City had available and decided there was no place that fit the needs and use of any City facility would not be free of charge.

2.The owners of 707 7th St. are requesting an adjustment to their water bill for 119k gallons usage this month. They are bank pay customers and discovered that they had been billed for 70k usage last month. The house is vacant. Chris Lenth has shut the water off. The committee decided to adjust the bill to minimum usage for the last two months’ billing. The water will be adjusted to $7.75, sewer to $7.35, and capital improvement to 0. Total water bill for minimum usage with refuse is $39.75.

3.Chris would like to purchase a 24” rough cut mower for the park department. The cost of the mower is $1,750 and is available in the Park budget under line 100-430-4680, Operating Supplies

September 5, 2019

4.The Stonebridge Crossing street signs have become illegible and Chris would like to replace them with new signage which will cost $539 plus shipping. Alderman Jones asked how many signs? Chris replied 18. The committee believes that the cost of new signs can be funded with TIF IV dollars.


1.The Hennepin Hundred would like to use the Clubhouse on October 3rd and 4th for race registration and package distribution. Since the City has supported the use of the Clubhouse for this in past years, the committee sees no problem with

continuing the practice.

2.The committee recommends to the council that the price for seasonal camping at CSFP for the 2020 season be as follows: Sewer campers, $2,360 and non-sewer sites, $1,850. This is based on a 3 percent cost of living increase and is a $60 increase for sewer sites and a $50 increase for non-sewer sites.

3.Items 3 and 4 on the agenda, campground rules and facilities rental policies, were tabled to give the committee members time to review them.

4.Chris requested purchasing a new dryer for the cleaning staff at the park. The cost is $800. Alderman Jones asked if this is a commercial dryer. The reply was it is the largest dryer Menards has. The cost would be covered under CSFP line item 140-440-4120, Maintenance of Equipment.


The meeting adjourned at 6:10 p.m.

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