By Alex Folz
The Muscatine City Council’s regular session on February 15 began with a resident’s concern about the proposed roundabout at the intersection of Houser and Fulliam streets.

The resident stated that the plan discussed at the last council meeting to add a hammerhead driveway to the properties of residents who would otherwise have to back into roundabout traffic to exit their driveways means the city must purchase the property in order to use government funds to make any changes, according to the U.S. Constitution. The citizen stated that this must be rectified in the proposed contract before anything happens. The speaker also believes that this is not a needed expenditure.

All resolutions and requests brought forth to the city council were unanimously approved for adoption. These resolutions are still available for review online. Resolutions concerning the Public Hearing C were omitted as that public hearing did not take place.

Discussion took place over item 11-J, a request to approve a purchase order for Musser Public Library and HNI Community Center furniture from Allsteel. Councilman Osmond Malcom inquired as to why the council was being requested to waive the requirement for formal bidding. The representative present referenced a national agreement stating that an amount had been predetermined for the furniture and furnishings requested. The difference between “traditional” library furniture and the Allsteel furniture was referenced, as Allsteel is believed to stand up to physical abuse better. Another representative also stated that they did not find it necessary to consider another company for these furnishings, due to how well Allsteel has worked with the library in the past. After further discussion, the council was satisfied. The request was approved unanimously.

Mayor Broderson asked that the community keep the victims of the recent events in Florida in their thoughts and prayers.

The meeting adjourned at 7:59 p.m.