Moving ahead

Posted April 18, 2013 at 1:14 pm

Aaron Kooiker.tiff

HULL – Maintaining and improving the quality of life for the City of Hull includes keeping the streets in good condition.

The city took another step toward paving four gravel streets later this year during the April 8 council meeting in the library.

The four streets affected are Linden Court, Linden Street, Chesnut Drive and Second Street.

“We need to get them done — for quality of life, for the entire town,” said City Administrator Aaron Kooiker. “It’s going to be beneficial for the town.”

Dan Van Schepen from DGR Engineering was on hand to present project layouts for the projects, addressing a number of questions and concerns from council members.

The projects are expected to be complete sometime later this summer.

Total cost for the project is not yet known at this time, but Kooiker noted it will not be up to the property owners to foot the entire bill.

When paving of those four streets is complete, the city will then begin developing a plan to prioritize what streets need repaving next.

“Once we get this done, it’s going to be an easy way for us to start getting a plan together to finish the streets that are deteriorating,” Kooiker said. “There’s a couple that need work and we’ve got to get to it. It’s just a matter of prioritizing and how we do it.”

Also Monday, the council received an update an proposed contract for the next fiscal year from Sioux County Sheriff Dan Altena to continue with the county providing police service.

The new contract is to be for $246,057, a 3 percent raise over last year.

The city has been contracting police service from the county since 1981.

“We think the sheriff does a real good job with law enforcement in town,” Kooiker said. “We’ve received a lot of benefit from the sheriff being here.”

In other action, the council:

• was updated on a $500,000 Community

Development Block Grant the city received for a project to reduce and meet ammonia limits for discharge at the waste water treatment plant north of town. The project, which will involve putting in an underground system to treat the water, will cost $2.3 million dollars.

• approved building permits for Brian Van’t Hul and Noah DeYager.

The next meeting will be April 22 at 5 p.m. in the recently-completed city office.