Good weather allows for outdoor projects in Perry area

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The Perry Volunteer Fire Department ladder truck, manned in this 2016 photo by firefighters Clint Nelsen and Rodney Cromwell, was paid for in part with LOST dollars.

With agreeable weather gracing the Perry area, various outdoor projects were undertaken.

One of those was the placing of new flags on the south face of the Hotel Pattee.

Hotel chief engineer Clint Nelsen replaced 11 flags on the facade with the help of the ladder truck from the Perry Volunteer Fire Department, of which Nelsen is a member. Fellow member Rodney Cromwell was at the controls as Nelsen placed the flags of, from west to east, the Netherlands, Wales, Italy, China, Sweden, the African Union, Japan, Mexico, the Czech Republic, Ireland and Russia. Each represents a themed room in the hotel.

New this spring are the African Union, Mexico and Netherlands flags, which replace the flags of Canada, Germany and the United Kingdom.

Other downtown projects underway include the redesign of the intersection of Willis Avenue and Iowa Highway 144. Concrete was poured Friday for the new traffic signals on the east side of First Avenue. Harland Concrete of Perry was the contractor for this portion of the work, which city officials said is two weeks ahead of schedule.

The trim around the windows and doors of the Carnegie Library Museum were also receiving a coat of touch up paint Friday morning by the painting team of Alan Gough Painting in Perry. Gough said the railing along the east side of the downtown landmark would be painted black to match the rest of the trim. He said the fire escape of the building’s south side would be painted over the weekend.

Dry and warm weather has also meant the continuation of several road construction projects in and around Perry, including the reduction to one lane of the Raccoon River bridge on Highway 141. The project, as well as bridge work on 141 east of Perry and on Highway 169 over Beaver Creek, is expected to last several weeks.

 

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