Fireworks, leaf pickup, MORC on Thursday’s Muscatine City Council agenda

Muscatine City Council [courtesy City of Muscatine]

Three presentations sure to be of interest to the residents of Muscatine are on the Muscatine City Council agenda when they meet Thursday for their June in-depth session.

It is that time of year when the topic of fireworks takes center stage in Muscatine and throughout the area. A review of firework sales and use in Muscatine will be presented to the City Council by Assistant Fire Chief Mike Hartman, Assistant Police Chief Steve Snider, and Assistant Community Development Director Andrew Fangman.

Public Works Director Brian Stineman will give a presentation reviewing the Fall Leaf Pickup Policy and Procedures. Stineman has been researching alternatives to the existing program that would free up Roadway Maintenance staff. Most of that staff is taken away from road maintenance projects during the Fall Leaf Pickup program, which slows down efforts to repair the streets and alleys in Muscatine.

Also on the agenda is a presentation by Water and Resource Recovery Director Jon Koch on the Muscatine Organic Recycling Center (MORC) and a new drop-off service that is being implemented at the Muscatine Transfer Station. Koch will also discuss a draft Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) that has been written to address the need for nutrient reduction in plant effluent, and throughout the Copperas Duck and Lower Cedar watersheds in Muscatine County.

The Muscatine City Council will meet in Council Chambers at Muscatine City Hall starting at 7 p.m. Thursday. City staff members with agenda items will be in Council Chambers but public access to the in-person meeting will not be permitted at this time.

With public access to the Council Chambers not permitted, those wanting to watch or participate in the meeting can attend through the virtual GoToMeeting portal. Information on joining the session and how to make a comment during the meeting is listed below. The session will also be broadcast live on the City of Muscatine YouTube channel and on Muscatine Power & Water Cable Channel 2.

Information on the presentations and other agenda items can be found by clicking AGENDA to download the June 10, 2021, City Council agenda and/or attachments.

The best way for the public to participate is to dial in to the GoToMeeting session, mute your device, watch the session on YouTube or Cable Channel 2, and, at the appropriate time, unmute your device to ask a question or make a comment. The public can also use the “chat” feature on the GoToMeeting virtual meeting to pose a question to the Mayor, Council, or staff member.

How to attend, speak at virtual meeting –

Meetings of the Muscatine City Council have been held virtually since Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds proclaimed a State of Public Health Disaster Emergency on March 19, 2020.

Muscatine City Council Regular Meeting | Thu, June 10, 2021 | 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM (CDT)

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