Jasper Street paving should begin Monday

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Approximately 3,100 feet of Jasper Street, through Jefferson, is expected to be paved in Pleasantville next week. A payment for the progress of the project was approved at the city council meeting this week.

City Manager Joe Mrstik reports that paving should begin Monday. The road will be 31 feet wide, and he appreciates the public’s patience.

Also next week, on Sept. 26, there will be a road closure for the homecoming parade. Peoples Bank will again provide refreshments for the community from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Bids are being accepted for 407 North Douglas through Oct. 21. Sealed bids should be submitted to City Hall for this non-conforming lot. Council also approved the demolition of 105 East DeWitt. The City now plans to dispose of the property.

Mrstik is also seeking suggestions for the former Baptist Church building. The City has an estimate on the cost of asbestos abatement, which will need to be done regardless of what is done with the structure. Safe Builders has been hired by the City to inspect the building, ensure that it was constructed correctly and to check its structural integrity. No decisions have been made regarding the building’s future.

A steering group meeting is scheduled with McClure Engineering, the firm hired to help develop a plan for Pleasantville’s betterment, on Friday. A report from McClure should be coming soon.

Mrstik reports that options are still being explored for the future of the former Pleasantville Grocery building downtown. Jessica Dunkin of the Iowa Restaurant Association inspected it recently to give the City a better idea of its viability.

Beggars’ Night in Pleasantville will be Oct. 31.