Elkader Street Project Upsets Neighbors
by Katie Wiedemann, Reporter
ELKADER, Iowa - The city of Elkader lowered some street levels to help with flood prevention, but now it's dealing with another problem.
Some people say their street now sits almost two feet lower than the curb.
When the workers replaced underground water and sewer lines they also reconstructed Mechanic Street and parts of South 2nd Avenue. Those streets surround St. Joseph's Catholic Church.
Right now there's an 18 to 20 inch drop off from the curb to the new street.
Church leaders and neighbors say not only is this dangerous it's also going to be expensive to fix.
City leaders say they plan to give the church a little more than $19,000 to construct a slope to bridge the street and the parking lot.
But church leaders say that slope would be way too steep.
They say they are going to have to completely reconstruct their parking lot in order to make it even with the new street.
One neighbor, Laure Donlon who's parents lives on the other side of 2nd Avenue, says they have the same problem with their driveway.
She says her elderly parents are not able to get in and out of their driveway because of the steep drop off.
Donlon said, "My mother has cancer. She has been taking cancer treatment in Waterloo. We had to postpone one of her appointments because we couldn't get the vehicle out. "
Elkader City Administrator, Jennifer Cowsert says the city is in the process of working out a plan to fix the drop off for both the neighbors and the church.
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