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Update on progress in Mason City from Administrator Brent Trout

This news story was published on October 16, 2016.
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Brent Trout

Brent Trout

From Mason City City Administrator Brent Trout –

The Blue Zones Project staff and Power 9 members took part in a Journey to Well Being Meeting to learn and review the accomplishments of the last five years of our Blue Zones journey. The journey is described in the book that Blue Zone Projects, Healthways, and Wellmark created for us.

The Development Services CoRL loan committee approved three new CoRL loan applications and they are presented for Council approval at the October 18, 2016 Council meeting. The other CoRL loan projects continue to make significant progress on their renovations. The NHANS house will be placed on the market in October, with an open house to be conducted on October 22, 2016. The marketing of the house will begin prior to the open house. The house will be staged with the assistance of Habitat for Humanity through use of items from their ReStore warehouse. The scope of work for the 22nd Street buyout was completed in September and staff has initiated close out procedures for the project. Tricia Sandahl participated on a panel at the Preserve Iowa Summit on the subject of relocating historic homes. Building permit numbers were strong for September and included two residential permits.

New street lights installed in downtown Mason City

New street lights installed in downtown Mason City

The Cemetery conducted another successful history walk but numbers were down slightly due to weather and other events on the same day. The contractor has installed all the downtown street lights and has energized them. The removal of the old bases and poles is the last step in the process and is expected to be completed within the next week. The appearance improvement is noticeable in the downtown area and several positive comments have been made about the project.

Engineering staff has also supervised the replacement of paving at the S. Kentucky Avenue Railroad Crossing as part of a crossing improvement done by Canadian Pacific Railroad. Engineering also worked with Alliant Energy staff to coordinate the gas main installation project along Pierce Avenue and the removal of various steam tunnels in the downtown area. The water meter department installed 227 meters in the month of September and is making more appointments for installations. I had the meter in my house replaced at the end of September.

The Human Resources Department is conducting sign-ups for flu shots and blood tests this month and they will be conducted in October and November. There were three work comp cases in September and one of the injuries resulted in 6 lost work days.

Flooding in Mason City's East Park

Flooding in Mason City’s East Park

Operations and Maintenance staff dealt with many issues related to the flooding that occurred in September and have been doing clean up in East Park and a few other areas. The crews did an excellent job of minimizing damage and providing safety barricades to protect many areas. East Park had some damage to its trails and lost material around the playground equipment and on the gravel roads. The City is calculating the total costs for repairs and flood relief efforts to provide to FEMA when they visit our community.

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9 Responses to Update on progress in Mason City from Administrator Brent Trout

  1. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    October 18, 2016 at 4:22 pm

    Fema = Clinton.

  2. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    October 18, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    What could go wrong? Already is screwed up – OHillery would like to finish off America – Never happen – she needs to get out and around – people know she is a PHONY !

  3. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    October 18, 2016 at 4:05 pm

    What could go wrong – At least when Trump inherited some money from HIS DAD he worked his azz off and formed a super big company and had thousands of employees -STILL HAS !- He did NOT get a government grant and squander it like so many of these government formed companies that stole the money and ran – What ! Solandra solar panels – took what 170 million of taxpayer dollars and closed the doors within a year – Your demoCratic sense of business is why were 20 trillion in debt – none of you yay-hoos knows what the hell your doing ! TRUMP 2016 !!!!!!!

  4. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    October 18, 2016 at 3:55 am

    MATT can u find out what the city spent on all the new bike trails built this year and where the money came from. bet its a lot

  5. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    October 17, 2016 at 9:10 am

    Fact – State of Illinois -for every dollar 1.00 spent on education .89 cents goes to the public employees retirement fund and the remainder .11 cents actually goes for educational purposes – America is 5.6 TRILLION dollars in debt to the state and local public servants retirement fund. I read years ago Iowa owed 5 BILLION to this fund and that was years ago. I have to ask all you democrats – where do you propose to get this kind of money – oh yea! by the way Illinois raised taxes 32 Billion dollars to solve the problem -92% went to the fat cat retirement fund but it only mad a small dent in their total liability. This cannot continue much longer like our national debt. TRUMP 2016 !!!!

    • What could go wrong? Reply Report comment

      October 17, 2016 at 9:35 am

      Trump – Get rich by inheritance. Stay rich by not paying people.

  6. N.E.MCMAN Reply Report comment

    October 17, 2016 at 4:57 am

    South Kentucky was closed long enough that I thought they would have replaced the sunken manhole cover about 2 blocks North of the tracks.

    Oh, I forgot, the city instead of closing a street and getting the work done all at once they like closing it multiple times throughout the year to fix multiple problems.

  7. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    October 16, 2016 at 5:42 pm

    Brent, what about an update on Mason City’s River City Renaissance Project?
    How is that going?

    • IowaBoy Reply Report comment

      October 16, 2016 at 9:49 pm

      Right. Blah, blah, blah… what about the hotel/hockey boondoggle?