City Council nixes quiet zone

Carol Townsend, For The Galva News
Sarah Kaiser, left, has been named Miss Poppy 2018. Sarah is a seventh grader at Galva Junior-Senior High School and is the daughter of Jeff and Anne Kaiser. She’s pictured with Galva Mayor Rich Nordstrom.

The Galva City Council squashed the idea of creating a quiet zone at Monday night’smeeting.

The estimated cost for putting in the quiet zone was $504,120. Mayor Rich Nordstrom told the council the price tag for the quiet zone was too high.

The city could have closed three crossings and received about $300,000, but instead voted 5-1 to close only the S.W. Fourth Ave. crossing. Aldermen Jim Hartman, Jayme Hopping, Wayde Buck, Dwren Boston and Rich Volkert voted for the closing, while Bev Everett was opposed.

In the motion, it stated the $107,000 from the closing will be put in the motor fuel tax account and be spent on Galva's streets.

In a recent survey of crossings, it was determined only one car goes across the Catholic Cemetery railroad crossing per day; 450 at N.E. Second St.; 2,700 at Shop and Go; 415 at Best Displays; 750 at Washington Park; and 3,700 in front of Hathaway’s former location.

In other board business:

n The May meeting was moved to May 21 as the regular meeting date fell on Memorial Day.

n The council went into closed session to discuss real estate. No action was taken.

n Mayor Nordstrom thanked the Galva Boy Scouts and the Ready, Set, Grow committee for their clean-up work at Veterans Memorial park.

n The City of Galva received its first check for the January telecommunications tax in the amount of $2,444. This monthly check will go into the MFT fund.

n The council passed the Poppy Day proclamation.