Polls opened at 7:00 Tuesday morning in Iowa and South Dakota for voters to cast their ballots in primary elections. There are races for governor and U.S. Senate in both states. There are also lots of local races, including a seat on the Woodbury County Board of Supervisors and the issue of control of Union County, South Dakota's emergency communications center. Across the U.S., eight states are holding primary elections.
The city and the Sioux City School District are back on the same page over Bryant Elementary School. The city has agreed to pay for some of the infrastructure work around the school, which will be rebuilt on site to open in six years. Under the plan, 30th Street will be closed, and Jones and Jennings streets will be widened. The city will pay 100 percent of the street reconstruction costs. The next step is to buy six homes around the current school to make room for the new one.
Repairs will soon be done on the Riverfront Trail by Bev's on the River. The concrete has been cracked since the Missouri River flood of 2011. FEMA determined the damage was done by crews who built a berm to protect the business. The city agreed to maintain the trail, but had to wait until money was available to make the repairs. With a price tag of $27,000, it's a relatively minor project. Work is set to begin in two weeks and be done by the end of June.
Sioux City's neighborhood parks may start closing earlier. Right now, they're all open from 7:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. Councilman Pete Groetken said he's received several complaints about noise late at night from people who live near Dale Street Park. He said some parents have suggested the park be closed at 9:00 p.m. Any change would not affect the city's major parks like Riverside, Bacon Creek, and Grandview.
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