City Council to receive updates on projects this evening

The Muscatine City Council will meet for their monthly in-depth session Thursday (July 11) with four presentations on the agenda including a presentation providing updates to ongoing public improvements projects. The formation of a parking task force, an update on Muscatine Connect, and a discussion of Orangeburg is also on the agenda.

City Engineer Kevin Coon and Public Works Director Brian Stineman will provide an update on the current condition of existing Public Works Infrastructure Projects and the condition of upcoming Public Works Infrastructure Projects. Included in the presentation will be information on the status of West Hill Sanitary and Storm Sewer Separation Project Phase 5, Phase 6A & 6B, and Phase 6C, and the Fulliam Avenue Reconstruction Project Phase 2.

Several projects are ongoing for the Parks and Recreation Department including the Greenwood Cemetery Chapel Restoration, the Weed Park Lagoon Project, the Community Foundation for Greater Muscatine Southend Improvement Fund Project, and the Indoor Sports Complex Project.

City Administrator Carol Webb will lead a presentation on the formation of a parking task force to study the configuration and parking pay options in Muscatine’s Downtown Business District. Participants on the task force would come from a wide group of stakeholders including downtown property owners, business owners, restaurants, the City, GMCCI, and residents. Some of the goals for the task force would be to study the current parking configuration and identify improvements, evaluate downtown parking enforcement technology, and evaluate parking fees and fines.

Orangeburg tile is a material that was widely used in the early to mid-20th century in the construction of sewer pipes as it was relatively inexpensive, lightweight, and easy to install. However, the tile is prone to deforming and to failure in a way that is detrimental to existing public infrastructure. Coon and Stineman will lead a discussion on Orangeburg and a proposed amendment to City Code that would require the replacement of Orangeburg tile whenever encountered within the city.

Muscatine Connect is a mobile app developed using CivicPlus SeeClickFix technology and available for download to Apple or Android phones. This technology allows citizens to submit information and pictures to different City departments on a variety of subjects. Community Manager Kevin Jenison will provide an update on the success of the application and what the next steps are to enhance the citizens experience in using the technology.

Details and additional information on these agenda items can be found by clicking AGENDA and clicking on the July 11 City Council In-Depth Agenda link to view the agenda and/or attachments, or to download a PDF version of the City Council agenda and/or attachments.

The Council meeting begins at 6 p.m. and the public is welcomed, and encouraged, to attend the session in person.  Muscatine City Council meetings are open to all individuals regardless of language spoken or disability. Any person requiring a reasonable accommodation to participate should contact the City Clerk’s office at 563-264-1500.

Several options are available for those who cannot attend in person but would like to watch the proceedings. The City Council meeting will be broadcast live on the City of Muscatine YouTube channel and on Civic-TV (Muscatine Power & Water Cable Channel 2).

The City of Muscatine no longer offers a virtual option for the City Council meetings after consensus by the Muscatine City Council to discontinue the virtual meeting option