The Marshalltown City Council approved $13.7 million of general obligation bond projects at their regular Monday meeting.
Projects that were approved were:
• The purchase of two fire trucks
• Work on the airport hangar and terminal
• A replacement for the recreational trail
• Construction of the softball complex’s parking lot
• Tennis court reconstruction
• Downtown street and sidewalk repair
• Storm sewer replacements and
• Reconstruction of the street crossing and replacing crossing gates for a railroad quiet zone.
Vision Marshalltown, Kading Properties, Marshalltown Area Chamber of Commerce and several residents sent letters pushing for the bonds to be approved.
Council members and city officials received correspondence in favor of some of the individual projects, including one to provide improvements to recreational trails.
The quiet zone project had the most push back.
“The quiet zone project looks at our four railroad projects crossing in town and would make improvements that would allow us to apply to the federal railroad commission to have those declared an area where they cannot use their whistle, except for specific purposes,” said Jessica Kinser, city administrator.
Prospective measures on quiet zones was previously discussed.
Council member Gary Thompson took responsibility for bringing the quiet zones back to the council’s attention.
Despite bringing the project back