Council approved parking, survey and new meeting location

WASHINGTON — Downtown parking, a brick paving survey and a new location for the next meeting were all approved at the Washington City Council meeting Tuesday night.

The third reading of an ordinance that will not allow parking from the south line of Second Street, west line of Second Avenue, north line of Jefferson Street and the east line of B Avenue between 10 p.m. on Thursdays and 6 a.m. on Fridays and between the same hours when signs are posted in the northwest and southeast corners of central park for snow removal was passed.

The ordinance passed to previous reading in November when it was introduced to council as a way to enforce parking restrictions specifically for snow removal purposes. Just off the square on Washington Boulevard, brick paving was discussed. City Administrator Brent Hinson said a new water main would be installed spanning from D Avenue to the park.

As part of the project, the bricks on the road will be patched and the expense covered through a grant. While that is happening, an architect from the State Historical Society of Iowa’s Technical Advisory Network program will survey the land to provide an outline of work that could be done in the future. Hinson said this report could help the historical society secure funding in the future and with other construction work scheduled, this would be a suitable time. The council approved the work.

The next meeting of the Washington City Council will be held Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 6 p.m. in the Washington Fire Department. The council approved moving the meetings from the Washington Public Library to the newly constructed building. At the next meeting, a proposed ordinance regarding disorderly homes will be discussed.