CEDAR FALLS — Officials have seen increased use of the public electric vehicle charger on West Second Street since it was installed in late 2019.
According to a memo from City Clerk Jacque Danielsen, that observation will be factored into a policy decision before City Council when it meets Monday at 7 p.m. inside the Community Center, 528 Main Street.
Under a pilot program passed in 2019, a single space had been designated for charging in the city center just north of City Hall, although the unit had two charging cables, Danielsen said. .
Danielsen described how signs were posted indicating its use only for charging, and “other vehicle warnings” were given in “space surveillance”.
She also noted that the second “cable was pulled to other parking areas and even pulled onto the sidewalk, creating potential hazards.”
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“As usage continues to increase, CFU and City staff believe that the designation of a second charging space is necessary to safely accommodate additional vehicles wishing to use both charging spaces at this time. place,” she wrote.
If “we lose one more officer, which is very likely,” Police Chief Mike Dean said Evansdale would not be able to handle 24/7 duty.
In the first of three readings, a proposed ordinance outlining “enforcement of proper use of spaces” in light of city staff now recommends that a second parking space, adjacent to the first, be designated for billing.
The new proposal would prohibit anyone from stopping or parking a vehicle at these locations except for the purpose of using one of the electrical cords.
Anyone found in violation of the order would be subject to a $10 fine.
The ball is in Waterloo’s court right now, according to officials involved in the effort.
If not paid within 30 days of the date of the notice of violation, the fine will increase to $15.
In other matters, the board will consider approving:
- A $2.69 million construction contract with Reinbeck-based Peterson Contractors, the sole bidder for the project to remove a bridge on Olive Street and expand the adjacent Pettersen Plaza on College Street. This would be done by extending the culvert to Olive Street. The engineer’s estimate was $2.2 million.
- Plans for a sidewalk assessment project, aimed at replacing deficient sidewalks and then charging the cost of replacement to the owners of the adjacent property. The estimated construction cost is $40,591.
- A contract with Ritland+Kuiper Landscape Architects of Waterloo for up to $35,100 in design consultancy work for the Seerley Park improvement project.
- A site plan for a new 3,666 square foot Veridian Credit Union branch at 1000 Brandilynn Blvd.
- Revisions to its public meeting procedures.
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