The Dyersville City Council voted Sept. 7 to approve an application for the Field of Dreams Stormwater Wetland WQI Grant 2020: Inspection, Maintenance and Native Live plant Establishment Agreement with the DNR. The agreement involves an inspection on such topics as bank stability, wetland vegetation, as well as the overall maintenance of wetland health.
The inspection also provides considerations for native and non-native plantings and their proper environmental care. This includes controlling woody species invasions, encouraging spring growth, encouraging fire-dependent native species and reducing weedy invaders. Controlled burning is encouraged for clearance in place of mowing, for the native plant integrity. Non-native plants, however, are required to have at least one annual mow or manual cut and stump wood treatment to prevent woody infestation that would rob sunlight from other plants. Herbicides are required to be used only as a last resort and wire screening or thick layers of rock and gravel are to be used to prevent burrowing animals from damaging dikes and berms.
A motion was also passed endorsing the 12st Ave SW to 13th Ave SE Connector Project. This project will join the two streets for the purpose of creating a reliable route for vehicles and commuters and improving emergency response times. According to the project documentation, future annual events such as Major League Baseball games and the National Farm Toy Show will cause further complications that exacerbate problems resulting from undersized roads and disjointed routes that create traffic concerns. As the city can see up to 150,000 annual visitors who tour the Field of Dreams, even without additional events, the proposed improvement will build a multi-use trail and two bridges over the North-Fork Maquoketa River to connect the roads. The design has specifically been elevated to resist flooding and provide safer travel for the general public and emergency vehicles.
In other news, the council:
• Set Oct. 4, 2021 at 6 p.m. as the hearing date and time of a proposed reassurance and refunding of a revenue bond with the Ellen Kennedy Living Center Project.
• Heard the City of Dyersville is in need of two more members for the Board of Adjustment and encourages applications from the Dyersville populace.
• Set the time for Trick or Treat at Oct. 31 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
• Heard nomination forms for the ballot for the Nov. 2 city election must be submitted to City Hall by Sept. 16 at 5 p.m. Write-in campaigns may still be conducted, but the deadline must be met for a name to appear on the ballot.