Boxes of non-perishable food available at Shelter B

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The City of Kalona will provide boxes of non-perishable food on a first-come-first-serve, honor-system basis at Shelter B in the Kalona City Park beginning on the morning of Wednesday, Oct. 21. The city currently has 50-60 large boxes of food items left over from the pop-up pantries held over the spring and summer and will continue to make the food available at Shelter B until it is gone.

The boxes have been organized to include a variety and balance of food. Currently, the city distributes about 8-10 boxes a week on an on-call basis, but hopes distributing the items at Shelter B will make them available to a larger number of people in need.

Individuals and families can pick up their boxes from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Oct. 21. If there are any remaining boxes, they will be made available again on Thursday, Oct. 22 and longer as needed.

“We ask people to just be responsible and take what you need – if you don’t need it, don’t take it,” city administrator Ryan Schlabaugh said. “There’s going to be other people who need it, too.”

In other business, the city council unanimously passed a resolution award the construction contract for work on 5th Street to LL Pelling Co, who were the only bidders. The work will include removing old asphalt, milling and replacing asphalt on 5th Street between E Avenue and J Avenue and will cost $157,829.65.

The project, which Schlabaugh said will improve 5th street to be “like a 6th Street condition” will take approximately nine working days to complete but should not impede access to homes or driveways or any significant time – homeowners might have a temporary three-inch lip between their driveways and the street during construction.

Schlabaugh said he will know more about LL Pelling’s schedule by the end of the week but if they are unable to begin work before winter sets in, the city will patch damaged spots on the road to get through the winter.

“The goal would be to still try to sneak it in yet this year,” Schlabaugh said. “Worst case is we go and fill in those holes and [LL Pelling] does it the first project of spring.”

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