Fairfield council OKs mobile home license, wants road upgrades

FAIRFIELD — The Fairfield City Council discussed the quality of roads at the Leisure Living Estates mobile home park during its meeting Monday.

Fairfield code enforcement officer Scott Vaughan said he’s received complaints about the quality of the roads, which are privately owned. He said even though the roads are not city property, emergency vehicles still need to use them to respond to emergencies at the park.

Vaughan said he couldn’t speak to the roads’ current condition but said that he’s received complaints about them in the past. The council decided to have its property committee address the issue by speaking with the mobile home park’s owner sometime this year. The council agreed to approve the mobile home park’s license this year but wanted to set expectations for road maintenance before approving it again next year.

City Engineer Melanie Carlson updated the council on the project to reconstruction Merrill and Carpenter avenues from Fourth Street to Orchard Place. The two strips of road under consideration are just a couple of blocks long, but Carlson said they are in bad shape and need to be replaced.

Bids on the project were opened on Jan. 21, and the low bid was from Jones Contracting of West Point, Iowa at $248,777, which the council voted to accept. This was approximately $80,000 less than the engineer’s estimate due to a lower-than-expected concrete cost. The remaining funds will be used for contingency for this project as well as contingency on the city’s other street projects this year.

Carlson said the intersection at Fourth and Merrill also will be upgraded during this project, which is expected to begin this summer. The upgrade will add curb cuts to the island so that pedestrians traveling in all directions will have access to a curb cut. Right not, only one side of the street has curb cuts.

Highway 1 will not be closed during this project, though Merrill and Carpenter will be.

Carlson said residents who live on one of those streets can park on the other while their street is being worked on.

The improvements planned to the pedestrian crossing will not include updating the signaling or pedestrian push buttons, but Carlson said the city hopes to apply for a grant to fund those updates in the near future.