Area trails and downtown trees were discussed by the city of Manawa’s Improvement and Services Committee on April 6.
According to the committee, the trees along Bridge Street need to be removed because the roots are breaking up the sidewalk.
Some information was shared on what type of trees would be best for the downtown area.
“We need to continue to discuss this and bring in some chamber members,” said Mike Frazier, committee chair.
David Augustine provided an update on the progress of the trail system that winds around Manawa.
He reported that the next phase of expansion may include city-owned land to connect the trail to other trails leading to Amherst and New London. One option is to put the walking trail on the city right-of-way on Beech Street.
“We are not going to move forward with (the trails) until we get together a committee to discuss it,” he said.
According to Augustine, this committee will include representatives from the city and Manawa School District.
“It is not the intention of the Trail Committee that city tax dollars would be used to maintain the trails,” he said.
Augustine also provided his opinion on proposed upgrades to the concession stand at Lindsay Park.
“I have asked area carpenters and they say ‘get the materials and we will build it,'” he said.
Public Works Director Frank Jaeger agreed to get some estimates for the needed materials.
The committee discussed charging fees for groups to use Lindsay Park for baseball and softball games.
Currently, the Manawa School District pays $3,000 annually to use the park for its sports events.
The committee made no decision on the issue, because the school district was not represented.
In other business, the committee took no action on allowing a UTV to drive on State Highway 22-110. Frazier said this request involved an unregistered vehicle traveling on a state highway, which is not allowed by state and local ordinances.
The committee also took no action on a request by Jamie Lane to allow tables and chairs to be placed on the sidewalk in front of Winemakers Daughter, in order to serve alcoholic beverages outside.
It was the consensus of the committee that the request was not allowed per city ordinances which prohibit the sale of alcoholic beverages beyond the confines of a building.