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Alley abandoned in Iola

The abandonment of an alley was approved by the Iola Village Board at its Aug. 9 meeting.

The 20-foot-wide alley runs parallel to Oak and Grove streets from Ellison Street and almost to Iola Street. It was noted that structures have built over parts of the alley, though it had never been officially abandoned.

The abandoned alley land will revert to the adjoining property owners after a survey is completed.

“Everybody’s lot size and property taxes will increase a bit,” village trustee Jerry Rasmussen explained.

Following a public hearing, the board adopted an amendment to village ordinances pertaining to the number of people permitted to dwell in a living area. It was noted that the new ordinance enhances the state guidelines for residential dwellings.

In other business, the board approved increasing the Iola Village Library’s 2010 budget by $12,012, which is the unspent amount from the library’s 2009 budget.

Library director Robyn Grove explained that the funds will help finance new flooring for the library, including the replacement of 20-year-old carpeting. This project will cost about $20,000, with the remainder of the money coming from the 2010 budget.

The board also approved changing its July 2011 meeting date to the second Tuesday to avoid conflicting with the annual car show cleanup night.

The board agreed to allow Tammie Jo Berg to use the activity room at the municipal center for art and music classes for about six weeks. Berg hopes to eventually acquire a downtown building for her new business.

Village President Joel Edler discussed a letter the board received. The letter gave several suggestions for improving the Viking carving site, including moving the wire and pole, landscaping the area, and moving the “stop ahead” sign. Edler indicated there are plans to take care of most of the obstructions around the carving.

“You can’t just do everything at one time,” he stated.

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