The Gazette covers City Hall, now a flood-damaged icon on May's Island in the Cedar River

Archive for June 15th, 2009|Daily archive page

Salvage company ready to tussle with Board of Adjustment; salvage-yard blues may be returning for KZIA radio

In City Hall on June 15, 2009 at 2:37 pm

KZIA Z102.9 radio may need to rev up anew.

The local radio station took to the airwaves last December to make the case against a salvage company that wanted to open a salvage operation at 2525 12th St. SW next to the radio station’s studio.

The radio station’s position prevailed. The Cedar Rapids Board of Adjustment turned down the request of A-Line Iron & Metals Inc. of Waterloo, concluding that the salvage company’s plans were incompatible with the neighborhood.

The salvage company went to court, challenging the Board of Adjustment’s ruling, and now a trial is slated for July 30, according to court documents.

The Board of Adjustment is meeting this week, likely in closed session, to discuss the litigation.

Prior to the board’s December decision to deny A-Line Iron’s request for a conditional use permit to site a salvage yard on 12th Street SW, the city’s City Planning Commission, which is a recommending body, had approved the plan.

The board, though, has final say on conditional use permits.


With a plan to secure bicycle-friendly status on its mind, City Hall moves to fix year-old flood damage to city trails

In City Hall, Floods on June 15, 2009 at 1:45 pm

There has some talk here in recent weeks and months about the city’s ambition to win a designation from the League of American Bicyclists as a bicycle-friendly city.

The city intends to submit a formal application to the League in August.

The enthusiasm in trying to secure such a cool-factor designation stands in contrast to the speed in which the city has moved to a repair section of the heavily used, flood-damaged Cedar River Trail below Czech Village.

The pace of the trail repair prompted City Council member Pat Shey some weeks ago to wonder if work couldn’t get moving on the project.

The City Council now has set a public hearing for its June 24 meeting to discuss the plans for repairing flood damage not only to the Cedar River Trail, but also to the Sac and Fox Trail and to the Ellis Trail. The work, estimated to cost $330,000, also will include fixes to the A Street SW levee, reports Rob Davis, the city’s engineering manager.

As now scheduled, bids on the work will be opened July 2. Construction will start Aug. 10 with the priority to be the Cedar River Trail. All construction should be done by September, Davis says.

As sections to the trails are complete they will be formally opened for use.