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Council OKs resolution on partnership with Iowa West Foundation

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Council OKs resolution on partnership with Iowa West Foundation

West Broadway is reduced to one lane in each direction as traffic moves along near 35th Street on Tuesday, April 11.

The Council Bluffs City Council passed a resolution Monday expressing commitment to the city’s partnership with the Iowa West Foundation on West Broadway renovation plans.

The council voted unanimously to approve the resolution.

Councilman Al Ringgenberg said he’d heard inaccurate concerns from residents that the resolution might be a way to put medians back in the master plan.

“It does not,” he said. “This resolution acknowledges the need for us to have an ongoing dialogue with Iowa West on these types of projects where they’re involved financially — which is appropriate.”

The foundation had requested such a resolution after it re-affirmed its monetary commitment to the renovation plan.

The resolution states that the city will make no further alterations to the master plan without providing the Iowa West Foundation an opportunity to “review and approve,” with any modifications based upon a review from the professional architects and engineers involved in the project.

The resolution also states “that a healthy and effective partnership between the City of Council Bluffs, the City Council and the IWF is beneficial to the community. That it is critical that our public conversations recognize and support the good intentions of all of the partners.”

Iowa West President and CEO Pete Tulipana will meet with the council within the next 60 days to deliver a report on the work of the foundation over the past five years.

In other business, the council voted 3-1 to allow Mayor Matt Walsh to execute an agreement with the Iowa Department of Transportation on the raising of a Union Pacific railroad bridge over Interstate 29. Councilman Roger Sandau was out of town on business.

The DOT is lengthening the bridge as part of the ongoing Council Bluffs interstate renovation project. The council first approved moving forward with the agreement at its Feb. 13 meeting. At the time, council members said the project could help spur growth on the city’s riverfront.

The city worked with the DOT on a deal that would lengthen the bridge further to allow for a two-lane roadway to pass under the bridge. The city said the roadway will initially connect Ninth Avenue to Nebraska Avenue and could eventually extend further south to Veterans Memorial Highway.

The project will cost the city $2.4 million, below the guaranteed maximum of $3 million. The city will make five payments for the project, with the first $480,000 installment due when the project is completed in late 2018 or early 2019.

Ringgenberg voted against the project on Feb. 13 and Monday night, saying the project is unnecessary.

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