The Dyersville City Council recently approved a $98,165 change order that will add sewer intakes along X49 along as well as lighting within the new roundabout.

IIW’s Julie Neebel, project manager, said initially Alliant Energy was going to install the lights, but due to some policy and personnel changes, that is no longer the case.

Given that lights are integral to roundabouts and the DOT will not allow that intersection to reopen without them, the City of Dyersville will now be responsible for the installation.

Neebel said this is a cost the city was going to incur regardless — either by reimbursing Alliant over time or by paying upfront, but now the project will include the more aesthetic and durable metal black polls instead of the wood.

A change in tune from neighboring property owners will also be changing the project’s landscape.

At a previous meeting, Neebel explained the project would include setting up culverts under several residential driveways to make way for storm sewer at a future date.

“But the residents came to us and said ‘why don’t you just put in the intakes now and fill in the ditch?’” Neebel said.

While it’s not a curb and gutter system, the new rural design will still include intakes.

“It’s a way for that surface drainage from the front of their house to the roadway to get into the storm sewer system,” Neebel added.

In conjunction with this new initiative, Neebel said they are also looking toward the future when Dyersville’s trail system could loop through this area.

While the exact placement for a future trail extension is unknown, Neebel said they will still grade the residential driveways in such a way to meet trail requirements.

“It can only be a certain steepness if it’s an ADA sidewalk,” Neebel said. “So we’re setting up the driveways so they wouldn’t have to be disturbed again.”

If the future trail is approved at a later date, Neebel said there should be enough room between the road and the property line that easements wouldn’t be required.

Neebel guessed the council was asking itself why all of this wasn’t done during the design phase, but the answer was simple — at the time, they did not have any easements or consensus from the property owners like they do currently.

City Administrator Mick Michel added the property owners coming on board when they did was actually advantageous for the city — if it would have been done beforehand, the city would have needed to pay to get easements processed whereas now, the property owners just have to give permission to the contractor with no additional cost to the taxpayer.