River Road Hillside

The site of a State of Iowa communications tower along River Road in Iowa Falls has been the source of strife for more than a year after the hill was stripped of dozens of mature trees during construction. During heavy rain events, gravel, mud and debris wash down the hill and cover River Road, and then city employees clear the road to make it passable.

The River Road hillside that’s been an erosion problem since construction of a new state emergency communications tower began in the spring of 2018 will get a special product application that engineers and product experts say should keep a driveway from washing down the hillside.

The Iowa Falls City Council met in special session Thursday. The city published notice of the meeting just four hours before it started at 5 p.m., skirting a state law that requires 24-hour notice of all public meetings. City Manager Jody Anderson took the blame for the oversight, attributing it to his own “employee error.”

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