Goessel City Council discusses flood control

The Goessel city council met on March 20 and discussed flood control issues with Dwight M.

Flaming and Matt Voth, representing the Goessel Community Foundation, and Rose Mary Saunders of

Ranson Financial. Saunders talked about funding options.

Flaming and Voth suggested forming a task force “to explore solutions to the chronic and persistent flooding of the north side of Main Street.” They specifically mentioned the area that includes the fire station and Goessel Grocery and Deli and suggested hiring an engineer who has experience with flooding and drainage. The Community Foundation received a $1,000 grant to help pay for a flood study.

Saunders agreed that an engineer would be required.

Council member Dean Snelling noted that water comes into town from the area of K-15. He suggested that an engineer should also look at that issue.

Mayor Ben Schmidt, City Clerk Jennifer Bliss, and council member Amanda Voth agreed to represent the city on a flood control task force. A member of the Community Foundation will also be appointed to the task force.

Turning their attention to another matter, the council discussed possible improvements for the city park. They talked about a walking path, playground equipment, and the current building. Public works director Karen Dalke reminded the council that the restrooms at the park building need to be improved, and they are not ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant.

Saunders also mentioned ADA restrooms, and she said a walking path has to be ADA accessible.

Saunders said a grant would require ADA accessibility.

Saunders discussed funding possibilities with the council. She mentioned the Sunflower Foundation, which allows an “in-kind” option; volunteers could provide some labor, which could count as matching funds.

A bridge to the disc golf area was briefly mentioned. However, that would involve a “blue line” stream, which is subject to federal environmental regulations.

In other business, the council:

* heard from Dalke that she had put up a new tennis net at the city park. However, it only lasted a week until someone cut it and destroyed it.

* heard from Dalke that the city park needs a new fence around the basketball court.

* appointed Bonnie Janzen and Cindy Stucky to the library board.

* discussed with a property owner a building that needs to be repaired.

* noted other properties in town that need to be improved also. Five property owners have received a recent notice of the need to improve their property.

* approved an Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS) contract with a firm that provides building inspection and housing code enforcement.

* hired Mark Barnett as an additional part-time police officer.

* approved a fireworks permit for Bill and Kellen Froese. They have paid the $2,000 permit fee, and they have the required insurance.

* approved the month’s expenses of $32,683.54.

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