The Perry City Council met in its regularly scheduled open session on Monday, June 18. Here are three things you may have missed from the meeting.

1. Council moves first meeting in July

The council will not have its regularly scheduled meeting on the first Monday in July. The council will instead meet at 8 a.m. on Friday, June 29 in the Clarion Room of the Security Bank Building, 1102 Willis Ave. The meeting will be the council’s end of the year meeting before a new fiscal year begins.

2. City hosts visit from Iowa Great Places board

City Administrator Sven Peterson said the City of Perry recently hosted members of the Iowa Great Places board. The board members were in town as part of the City of Perry’s application for redesignation as an Iowa Great Place.

“I think they were very impressed,” Peterson said of the board members. He added that a group of people on the vision committee showed the board members around Perry and gave a presentation.

The City should find out if it will be redesignated as an Iowa Great Place within the next few weeks.

Mayor John Andorf went along on the Iowa Great Places tour and echoed Peterson’s comments about how much the group was impressed by Perry.

“You all know that Perry has a lot to show,” Andorf said. “And when you look at the packet and what we have to show, it’s really pretty impressive when you think about what we have compared to other communities our size.”

3. Change order approved for Willis Avenue bridge construction

The council approved a change order in the amount of $9,140 for the Willis Avenue bridge construction project. The change order includes the time and material needed to lower the 10-inch existing water main. The water main was exposed while grading the creek channel.

The contractor, Elder Corporation, has not been able to work for the past couple weeks as Century Link was on site to lower the fiber line.

Peterson said during his administrator report that Century Link has moved its line. Hopefully, Peterson said, Elder could soon get back to work completing the culvert installation.

Once the installation is complete, work can begin on paving operations. The project is tentatively slated for completion in mid-July.