The Grimes City Council met in its regular session on Tuesday, Sept. 26 at City Hall. Here are a few things you may have missed if you were not in attendance.
Eagle Scout discusses Ga-ga ball pit
Connor Barker, an Eagle Scout from Troop 171, was at the meeting on Tuesday to discuss his plans to build a Ga-ga ball pit in Lions Park in Grimes as his Eagle Scout project. Barker said that it will be next to the basketball court and the parking lot in the park.
“The reason why it’s beneficial for the City of Grimes and Lions Park is to provide enjoyment for all ages, old and young… It is a much-needed addition to Lions Park and we haven’t had a big addition in a long time, so this would be a nice addition,” Barker said. “And it’s also a new activity for youth groups, boy scouts, family reunions, birthday parties, etc.”
Ga-ga is a game popular with youth groups and at summer camps that is played in an octogon, with the objective of hitting the ball from the ground, with both hands, underhand, with the objective of hitting another player below the knees to eliminate them.
The construction of the wooden structure will take place on Oct. 8 from 1-6 p.m. and Barker said that they should get it done that day, but otherwise will be completed within the week.
Barker informed the council that they have already purchased the kit, which includes the lumber, the corner brackets, wall covers and everything else needed for the construction. The cost of the project, according to Barker, was about $1,500, and the money has already been raised by going to local businesses and asking for their help.
“All remaining funds that I have will be donated to the City of Grimes,” Barker said.
He recommended the possibility of getting the word out about the new Ga-ga pit and to draw people out to the park by hosting a Ga-ga tournament once the project is completed.
The kit they purchased for construction does come with balls, but people who use the pit could also bring their own balls.
A vote by the council was not needed for the project to move forward, but Mayor Tom Armstrong and the city council unanimously gave their support and blessing for the project.
Public hearing set for fireworks ordinance
A public hearing date and time was set regarding changes to the fireworks ordinance in the city of Grimes. The public hearing will be held at the first city council meeting of October, on Oct. 10 at 5:30 p.m.
The changes that will be discussed are the definition of “direct supervision” of a minor exploding fireworks, the times that fireworks will be allowed during July and around New Years, and the punishments for violations of the law.
According to the council packet from the Sept. 26 meeting, “direct supervision” will mean constant guidance and control, maintaining visual and verbal contact at all times, and being within 30 feet of the child.
The times that would be allowed would be from July 1-8 from noon until 10 p.m., except on July 4 when they would be allowed from 9 a.m. until 11 p.m. From Dec. 29 through Jan. 3, fireworks would be allowed from noon until 10 p.m., except on Dec. 31, the time would be extended to 12:30 a.m. on Jan. 1.
For violations, the fine would be $100 for a first offense, $750 for a second and $1,000 for a third or subsequent offense. If a violation occurs between the hours of 10:30 p.m. and 6 a.m. on any date other than July 4 or Dec. 31, the fine could be $750 for a first offense or $1,000 for a second or subsequent offense.
Public hearings held on property deeds
A public hearing was held regarding a resolution, authorizing the city to issue a quit claim deed to a former city alleyway property abutting 513 N.E. Main Street.
The resolution states that the property in question was sold by the city in 1992, but the purchaser never filed the deed with the Polk County Recorder’s Office. The purpose of this resolution was simply to fix that error.
The resolution was approved unanimously.
Public hearing, granting right-of-way to DOT
With improvements being made to the interchange at Highway 141 and Interstate 80, also known as Ryder Corner in Grimes and Urbandale, the Grimes City Council held a public hearing regarding granting right-of-way in that area to the Department of Transportation for the purpose of those upgrades.
The resolution granting the right-of-way was approved unanimously.
Public hearing regarding purchase of ambulance
The council held a public hearing, regarding entering into a loan agreement, not to exceed $310,000 for the purchase of a 2017 Trauma Hawk AEV Type I Ambulance from Alexis Fire.
Nobody spoke on the issue at the meeting and the resolution passed unanimously.