McGregor dock regulation ordinance nearing completion
By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor
McGregor City Attorney Mike Schuster told the council at its Feb. 19 meeting that he’s nearly finished drafting the city’s dock regulation ordinance.
“We’re really close,” Schuster said. “Now’s the time to include or exclude what you do and don’t want.”
Councilman Joe Collins made several suggestions at the meeting, asking Schuster to take out points that excluded pets and cooking fires from the docks. He also wanted to specify the length of the gap between the boards on the dock, as well as the rise of the boards. After some discussion, the council agreed that the gap could be up to three-fourths of an inch, while the rise should only be up to half an inch. It was suggested that only one inch of slope be allowed for every two feet of the dock.
Eagle Scout Drake Jensen provided the council with an update on his project, which is a sign that will give a brief timeline and history of McGregor. The current design features a heading with MacGregor plaid in the background. The timeline lies atop a painting depicting McGregor’s early days. The same painting can be seen behind the council tables in City Hall. The timeline also features some historic photos.
Jensen said he is close to getting the sign finalized and that it will take about four weeks to make once it’s approved. Placement of the sign will depend on the weather and the river. It just needs to be done before July, when Jensen turns 18.
Jensen explained that the sign, which can be removed from its stand, could be placed closer to the shelter to begin with, then moved to a more permanent spot once McGregor completes its riverfront improvement plans.
Community beautification month
April will be community beautification month in McGregor, as citizens will get together for various activities, including a river clean-up. The McGregor-Marquette Center for the Arts and the McGregor Park Board will collaborate on an Earth Day project. The McGregor Clan Lions Club will take care of the bluff garden, Gazebo Park, plant a tree and organize volunteers to help clean up neighborhood yards.