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Park restroom upgrade

Interior redesigned, new fixtures planned

By Jane Myhra

An upgrade of the bathrooms at Olson Park was discussed at the March meeting of the Iola Village Board.

Demolition has already begun, according to Glenn Tetzlaff, of the village’s Department of Public Works. He said the entire interior will be redesigned and upgraded.

According to a rough sketch, each side of the facility will include a handicap stall, plus new sinks, faucets, water heater and toilets.

Tetzlaff said the total cost is about $20,000, which includes labor, cement and other materials. He said plumbing is the most work.

The proposed renovation plans also include a handicap accessible sidewalk to the bathrooms, filling in the hollow between the bathrooms and the upper shelter and removing the slopes and stumps behind the bleachers and lower shelter.

The Parks Committee will prepare a bathroom renovation proposal for the board to approve at its April meeting.

“The sooner we get started, the sooner it will be done,” Tetzlaff said. “We hope to have the bathrooms done by early May.”

Removal of trees at the park was approved by the board.

Tetzlaff recommended the removal of 7 to 15 huge pine trees at Olson Park. The total number of trees to be removed does not include the one that recently fell on the roof of the park shelter.

“Then we can fix (the park) up really nice,” Tetzlaff said. “We will still have the 20-foot cedars.”

“If it’s a safety hazard, we should act on it,” said Parks Committee Chair Kathy Briquelet.

The motion gave the city crew permission to take out any trees they thought should be removed.

Tetzlaff asked the board to consider replacing the water main on Adams Street prior to the 2019 scheduled resurfacing of State Highway 49.

He suggested the work could begin in late summer of 2018 after the Iola Car Show. The construction will take about three weeks.

“Three of the last four years, we have had water main breaks on Adams Street,” Tetzlaff said. “It costs us a couple thousand bucks for each main break.”

According to Tetzlaff, the water main is 55 years old and “it wasn’t laid well.”

The topic will be referred to the Sewer and Water Committee.

The board’s reorganizational meeting will be held at 5:40 p.m. Monday, April 10, prior to the regular meeting.

The board of review is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 9, with open book from 9-11 a.m.

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