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A crane set a 16 tons boulder into place Thursday in front of downtown Wilton's Historic Depot. The boulder will be painted by artist Ray "Bubba" Sorensen who aims to have a "Freedom Rock," celebrating veterans, in each of Iowa's 99 counties.

Motorcyclists will again be welcomed to a summer series of evening events in Wilton.

The city council approved a request from Brian Froehlich, owner of Fro's Pub and Grub, on Monday to block Third Street in front of his establishment from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays through Sept. 5 for Fro's Bike Night, and noon to midnight Saturday, Sept. 15 for a season ending block party.

"I've already talked to all my neighbors," Froehlich told the council.  "Nobody has a problem with it."

Froehlich said plans for the Sept. 15 block party include live music and a motorcycle giveaway.  "I just want to make it fun for the entire community," he said.  "I'm getting people from other communities, which is good.  It's exposure."

Questioned about motorcycle noise, Froehlich said he reminds cyclists to hold the noise down.  He said he'll post signs to remind cyclists of the speed limits and to be respectful of the town. "I can't control the people, but I can do my best to remind them to be courteous to the town," he said.

Froehlich told the council he'll report back with more plans about the Sept. 15 block party as details get worked out.

Park use fees

Fund raising activities in Wilton's three city parks might have to pay a fee for park usage.  City Administrator Chris Ball told the council events like sporting tournaments haven't been charged, while costs of paper towels, toilet paper, lighting, and cleanup are going up. "We have some beautiful fields here," Ball said.  "People want to play here, but there's a cost to the community to do that."

Ball suggested a $100 charge. "One of the reasons would be they register so we know to mow the field," he said.

No decisions were made Monday night, but the council consensus was for Ball to come back with a proposed fee schedule.

Lawn mowing

Property owners who are negligent about yard care could have their lawns mowed by the city — for a fee.  Mayor Bob Barrett said notices are being sent to owners of unkempt yards.  "It's time," Barrett said.  "We're going to keep on that."

The council approved a resolution establishing updated fees for city services, which includes $100 for the first hour and $50 for each subsequent hour of lawn mowing or snow shoveling.

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