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Neighbors Growing Together | Aug 18, 2018

Council may lease barricades to contractors

By Andy Hallman, Ledger news editor | Feb 13, 2018
Matt Welcher speaks about the Vintage Power Wagon Rally June 9.

The Fairfield City Council approved the first reading of an ordinance that spells out how contractors can rent barricades from the city.

The city gets a number of requests from contractors who need to block off the road with barricades because of their excavation or building project. Rather than lend the barricades to the contractors for free, the council deemed it a good idea to charge the contractors to use them.

Applicants may rent traffic control devices from the city for the following rents:

• Deposit: $50 per permit

• Lighted A-Frame with flashers: $20 per day

• Barricade with horses: $10 per day

• 50-feet of orange fencing with T-posts: $25 per day

• Signs: $5 per day

• Cones: $5 per day

Councilor Michael Halley said another purpose of revising the ordinance is to insert language about blocking the sidewalk. The current ordinance does not mention the sidewalk, but Halley said it should.

Councilor Daryn Hamilton asked if nonprofit groups would be required to pay for barricades for events such as parades or car shows. Halley said they would not, and that the charges applied only to contractors, not nonprofit groups.

The council approved the first reading of the ordinance on a 7-0 vote. Voting in favor were Halley, Hamilton, Katy Anderson, Tom Thompson, Martha Rasmussen, Paul Gandy and Doug Flournoy.

In other news, the council:

• Passed the third and final reading of an ordinance to reduce the membership of the Park and Rec Advisory Board from seven to five. Park and rec director Calvin Todd said at an earlier meeting that the board favored the change because it was struggling to fill all seven positions. In 2016, the council removed the board’s powers over the budget and personnel, making it purely advisory.

• Approved blocking off a portion of the parking around the square for the Vintage Power Wagon Rally June 9. Vintage Power Wagons representative Matt Welcher told the council that 80 percent of those who participated in last year’s rally signed up for the 2018 rally before they left Fairfield that weekend. He estimated that 700 people came.

Mayor Ed Malloy told Welcher, “It was really fun to see that many power wagons on the square.” This will be the rally’s 31st year.

• Approved blocking off a portion of the square for the Collector Cars Unlimited’s annual car show Sept. 16. Club member Charles Melvin told the council it will be the 36th year of the car show. The council approved the request, though Hamilton abstained because he is a member of the club.

• Heard the Fairfield Convention & Visitors Bureau’s annual report delivered by executive director Rustin Lippincott. The Ledger summarized the report in the Jan. 30 edition. Apart from hearing Lippincott’s report, the council also approved closing North Main Street for the Southeast Iowa Farm Show March 3. Lippincott requested the street be closed on Friday, March 2, to set up farm implements.

Anderson asked Lippincott what the main attractions are to come through the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center. Lippincott mentioned the artist series as being a big draw, and the expo hall as a popular wedding venue. He mentioned that the center does a zip code analysis on ticket purchasers, so he knows what events appeal to people in the county, and which draw people from outside the county.

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