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Manchester City Council Meeting Recap

The Manchester City Council held a public hearing on Monday night on a proposed land lease agreement at the Manchester Municipal Airport.

The lease agreement is with Craig Woodley of Woodley Aerial Spray for the construction of a hangar at the airport. Woodley would like to build a 77’ x 100’ hangar for his aerial spraying operations. The lease agreement requires a five-foot buffer around the outside of the building for a total leased area of 85’ x 110’. The lease will last for 40 years with the ability to extend the lease for five years at a time thereafter. 

The Council approved the lease agreement – no one spoke for or against it during the public hearing. 

In other Manchester City Council news, the City approved several bids on upcoming projects. Eastern Iowa Excavating & Concrete’s low bid of $9,652 was approved for the Meadow Brook Trail Project. The project involves extending the trail along East Main Street to the east through the Meadow Brook Trail Subdivision to connect it with the rest of the City’s sidewalk/walkway system. Eastern Iowa Excavating & Concrete’s low bid of $9,825 was approved for the St. Mary Alley storm sewer intake pipe replacement/reconstruction project. And Eastern Iowa Excavating & Concrete’s low bid of $37,730 was approved for the Doctor Street handicap ramps – West Delaware is replacing their sidewalk along Doctor Street and City staff would like to address the ADA ramps at the intersections that tie into the school’s sidewalks. 

And two more requests for chickens in Manchester’s city limits were approved by the City Council as well. Chickens are not currently allowed in Manchester unless residents request a special exception to livestock restrictions under city code. The requests approved were for Patrick and Ashley Freiburger at 717 East Howard Street and Aaron Hutchinson at 209 South 5th Street.

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