The Minonk City Council voted to repeal the one-way street ordinance and then made Johnson Street one
way again. The action reversed a decision by the council a month ago that made Johnson Street, which
runs by Fieldcrest Elementary East, a two-way street.
Alderman Ron Redenius, whose motion had made Johnson Street two way, argued that making Johnson Street one-way
again will cause motorists to use his alley to cut across from Sixth to Fifth Street. Redenius said that
the dust flies when young motorists cut through the alley behind his house and he is afraid that a child will
be injured or killed someday. Redenius favored making Johnson Street one-way during school hours and two-way
at all other times.
Alderman Steve Mattox said that making Johnson Street one-way only part of the time is too confusing. He said that
a child is not going to look at their watch to determine if they should look both ways before crossing the street.
Mattox added that he and Chief Butler reviewed the situation at Johnson Street and determined that a bus cannot
fit between another car heading in an opposite direction with cars parked on both sides of the street.
Alderman Russell Ruestman said that solving the alley problem will only lead to problems with traffic in
front of the school. He said there is no way that 2 cars can pass between 2 parked cars on Johnson Street.
Alderman Redenius replied that 2 cars cannot pass between 2 parked cars on most streets in Minonk.
Alderman Mattox made a motion to repeal the existing one-way ordinance that made Johnson Street, the alley west
of Maple Avenue and north of Eighth Street, and East Seventh Street one-way streets. The council approved
the motion with Alderman Redenius voting no.
Then Alderman Mattox made a motion to make Johnson Street a one-way street again. The council approved the
motion with Redenius voting no. This left the alley west of Maple Avenue and East Seventh two-way again.
Alderman Bill Koos wanted to know if it is possible to consider making some alleys one-way but allowing two-way
for local traffic only. Mayor Mark Spencer said that will be discussed with the city attorney to see if it is
possible. Residents Bob and Mary Hartzler told the council that the alley that Alderman Redenius is concerned
about also goes behind their house and is plagued with fast and reckless drivers. They said that their neighbor
almost got hit by a car in the alley this summer.
Well #4 additional payment approved
The council approved the payment of $21,584.62 to The Farnsworth Group for engineering services during the
construction of Well #4. The payment exceeded the estimated amount of $17,000 because the time to complete
the well was extended by 45 days. City Administrator Trent Smith said that even with the additional payment
the project was still under budget at $402,500.
City Audit Report
John Morris, who audited the city's books, said that the city was in good financial shape and that financial
information has been recorded timely and accurately. Alderman Bill Koos asked Morris how the $403,000
debt on the Caroline Development affected the city's ability to borrow. Morris said that the Caroline
Development has a potential bonding capability of $877,000 and is comfortable with the Caroline Development debt.
City Administrator Trent Smith said that the city will start budgeting $50,000 a year next year for paying
down the Caroline Develoment debt.
Morris reminded the council that the city must provide to the state by next year a value of all of its assets.
This includes the value of the streets, sewers, water lines, treatment plants, etc. in addition to the buildings
owned by the city. Morris said this is going to be a massive project for all communities in the state.
Westside Park Pavilion Committee member Dave Uphoff told the council that the floor for the pavilion was
poured by members from the labor union and finishers union. Uphoff said that he is appreciative of the
unions effort in helping build the pavilion and stressed that without their help the pavilion would not have
been built. Uphoff said that plans are to start laying the blocks for the walls in the next few weeks.
Uphoff asked the council if a contingency plan is available for handling the potential mud problem if it
happens to rain right before the appearance of the circus in Sutton's Park on September 7. The park right
now has been tore up in preparation for grass seeding later this fall. City Administrator Trent Smith said
that wood chips will be laid down if needed to prevent mudding.