Margaret Hurlbert
Margaret Hurlbert
Margaret Hurlbert works as the Editor of Discover Muscatine Newspaper.

Muscatine Living

NICHOLS, Iowa–With the warm, dry weather of summer providing the perfect conditions, the Nichols City Council has approved a new round of alley repairs. The council unanimously approved hiring Brent Nelson of Relo Hauling, the same contractor they hired to do the job two years ago.

Because Nichols has gravel alleys, they periodically require scraping, rolling, and leveling. After all these steps take place, the city can apply new road rock to them and make sure they have the proper grade. The council approved having Nelson do each of these steps for them, as he has offered reasonably priced and efficient services in the past. “We had him do it a couple years ago, and he does a good job,” stated Nichols City Treasurer Aeneas Schmitz. Nelson will also likely remove some of the vegetation surrounding the alleys, as it encroaches on them and can make them narrower than the required width.

With work going forward on the city’s alleys, the Nichols City Council looks forward to installing its new parking ordinance signs in the near future. Though the sign company they contracted with sent their first order of signs to the wrong city in error, they plan to reorder shortly and to install the new signs upon their arrival.

As the City of Nichols prepares to make these infrastructure updates, they thanked several groups and individuals who have helped them keep their city safe and beautiful over the last several months. They extended words of praise to John Porter for repairing one of the city’s welcome signs. In February, a grass fire damaged the sign, melting part of it and causing it to fall down. Porter repaired the sign and replaced it at one of Nichols’ main entry roads so that it can once again greet people as they drive through town.

The Nichols City Council also thanked both the Conesville Volunteer Fire Department and West Liberty Fire Departments for their recent help. When a property caught fire on Adams Street, the two departments stepped in helping to help protect local residents and surrounding houses.

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