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Extreme Water Forces Decisions by Paullina City Council


March 28, 2019

By Mari Radtke

Increasing volumes of water rushing through Paullina in recent years have put the Paullina City Council in a position to make some decisions for residents and guests to the community. Overnight street parking prior to April 1 was addressed Monday March 18. Several residents found getting in and out of alleys difficult with at least 2 getting stuck in the mud. Discussion of pros and cons took place and included Police Chief Nate Bremer. For the remaining 2 weeks, the council voted to leave overnight parking on the street to the discretion of law enforcement to consider snow, mud or other weather circumstances. They recommended that residents consult with the police department if they are unsure.

The other item of discussion at the council, driven by floodwaters is replacement/repair of the walking trail under highway 10. The section of trail destroyed by September 2018 floods has been approved for replacement by Iowa Department of Transportation. IDOT restored the creek depth under highway 10 to its pre-flood depth. It is unclear what material was used to bring up the depth.

Jill Rausch was on hand to discuss a possible bike trail expansion. Several bikers living in and around Paullina have been meeting to try to figure out how to restore the broken section and maybe add to the attractive community feature. One consensus of this group is that distance needs to be added to the bike trail to be a real bikers’ attraction. The group is eyeballing enhancing the old railroad bed to accommodate bicycling. The idea includes restoring a bridge over Mill Creek where the train bridge once crossed. The foundations are still there and in excellent condition. The train bridge would be more that 200 feet. Anticipating restoring the trail under Highway 10 the bike path would reach 3.25 miles.

Council expressed support for the project adding that the construction of a project like this is expensive, but the most expensive part is the maintenance. A major sticking point for this project is a second crossing of Highway 10 that does not interfere with traffic. Discussions are ongoing.

In other city business last week, the Paullina council approved closing Broadway Street from Main to Rugledge on May 11 for an antique street fair. Council also approved Bremer’s request to carry over 40 hours of his 163.52 accrued vacation hours.


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