City council handles RAGBRAI matters at very short regular meeting

The Jefferson city council handled all agenda items in 5-1/2 minutes at its regular meeting Tuesday.

The council approved a fireworks permit for the RAGBRAI® performance of Hairball July 23 at the intersection of E. State and N. Chestnut St. Council member Matt Wetrich, who is also one of the executive co-chairs of the RAGBRAI committee, said Hairball has done its act “a gazillion times” and that the permit is needed for on-stage pyrotechnics, not aerial fireworks. “I assume it’s a safe, comfortable thing to do,” he said.

Posts have been installed for 14 wayfinding signs, but they’ll still be empty posts when 15,000 visitors are in Jefferson July 23.

The council also approved up to $10,000 from the hotel/motel tax fund for the RAGBRAI committee. City staff and the hotel/motel tax committee will evaluate each expense submitted to determine if it falls under the guidelines for use of that fund – “the promotion and encouragement of tourism and convention business in the city of Jefferson.”

The council approved a grant agreement with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for $81,900 in federal funds for the design study needed to relocate roads to allow for the extension of the runway at the municipal airport. The city’s share of the project is $8,100.

City administrator Mike Palmer reported the poles are in place for new wayfinding signage, but the signs will not be up before July 23, as was planned.

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