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UCDA will not build on vacant Afton lot

Afton City Council requests that Union County Development Association (UCDA) rehab house on West Kansas Street in Afton

Published: Wednesday, June 11, 2014 11:03 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, June 11, 2014 11:09 a.m. CDT

After meeting with Union County Development Association, Afton City Councilwoman Sherry Parrott said building a home on an empty lot at 409 Filmore St. “isn’t going to happen.”

So, the council voted unanimously to sell the lot with a stipulation — the new owner must build a house within two years of purchase.

Parrott said UCDA is considering looking into rehabilitating the former home of convicted methamphetamine manufacturer Adam Roan, 411 W. Kansas St. Despite a fire, which occured at the Roan’s former house on February 27, council members described the house as structurally sound with a “good” foundation. Additionally, it was mentioned no toxins have been discovered in the house.

In other Afton city council news:

Splash pad: AftonCity Council Clerk Toni Landers said the city is in a 30-day waiting period, where community members can comment on aspects of the splash pad plan pertaining to water entering the storm drain.

“Once the 30 days is up, we can move forward with permitting,” Landers said.

The city is still determining the exact placement of the splash pad. Depending on the location within Afton’s town square, either concrete will need to be removed or additional water pipes may be needed. The city is currently investigating both options and obtaining current bids for the project.

Landers said the city needs about $5,000 more toward their $107,000 goal to complete the project.

Speed changes: Afton City Council approved the first reading to ammend provisions to speed regulations (Ordinance 214), which will reduce the speed limit on W. Jefferson St. in Afton from 45 to 35 mph from N. Dodge Street to the city corporate line. According to Afton Police Chief John Coulter, the Iowa Department of Transportation is conducting a traffic speed study, which will take approximately 90 days to complete.

Coulter previously approached Union County Board of Supervisors, who approved to lower speed limits on Old Highway 34 to 35 mph from the town line to west of Afton Lake dam and 45 mph out to Highway 34.

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