At Tuesday’s city council meeting, the council appointed the Rev. Paul Vandevender of Creston’s Apostolic Lighthouse Church to fill the at-large Representative, previously held by Councilwoman Terri Koets.
Vandevender, originally from northern Indiana, has been at Apostolic Lighthouse Church for 24 years. As an ordained minister, Vandevender has preached for 35 years in six countries and 42 states.
Vandevender’s term will expire Dec. 31.
The council unanimously approved a conditional-use permit for the construction of a bus barn at 1405 North Lincoln Street.
Councilman Larry Wagner asked if a survey was performed to understand the traffic flow at the proposed bus barn site.
“As for traffic surveys, Larry, I do not know,” said Creston School Board Member Rich Flynn.
Flynn said the traffic around the bus barn site was observed at the time of day the buses would be present — in the morning and afternoon.
“They (the buses) were ahead or just behind the big rush periods for the school,” said Flynn.
Flynn said it was an “unofficial type survey.”
Wagner was also concerned about the support of surrounding residents.
According to Flynn, Creston’s planning and zoning commission requested a sound barrier be added. Flynn said the plan is to add vegetation, such as trees or hedges on the south side of the lot to absorb some of the potential noise.
Councilman Loyal Winborn asked if Southwestern Community College had been approached for input.
“Not that I know of,” said Flynn.
Councilwoman Marsha Wilson asked for clarification of where the sound barriers would be.
The new bus barn, which will be built at the former Area Education Agency XIV site west of Creston High School, will have a sound barrier on the north and south property lines.
“There was a meeting for the planning and zoning commission, that Tom Lesan with SWCC was here, and he didn’t have a problem?” asked Councilwoman Nancy Loudon.
Flynn said he had not heard any comments one way or another since Creston School Board first got possession of the property.
Winborn asked if the roads would need to be widened because of the size of the buses. Flynn said it would be addressed if necessary.
A motion to approve the conditional-permit made by Councilman Randy White was seconded by Councilwoman Ann Levine and approved by the council.
In other city business the council:
• Held a public hearing for an easement request to place fiber optic cable in city right of way.
• Approved an easement request to place fiber optic cable in city right of way.
• Approved rezoning the area east of and including the addresses of 1405, 1501 and 1503 N. Lincoln St. from C-1 commercial to R-2 multiple family, based on the recommendation of the planning and zoning commission.
• Approved the purchase of a new squad car for Creston Police Department to be paid out of the FY14 budget.
• Approved temporary street and parking lot closings for the 2nd annual KSIB Radio Tractor Ride. Temporary street closures will occur 5:30 to 8:30 a.m. June 1 and include Adams Street from Elm to Pine streets, Maple Street from Adams to Mills streets and the west depot parking lot.