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Council To Discuss Recycling, Water Bills

Sheldon, Iowa —  In an effort to reduce the amount of solid waste that is taken to the landfill, the City of Sheldon may take steps to encourage more recycling.  When the council meets Wednesday November 15th they will consider submitting the request for a grant that would pay 75-percent of the cost of providing all residents with new 96 gallon containers. If the grant is received the cost to the City would be $25,500. The Council will also address the second reading of the new ordinance which includes revised sewer rates.  These increased rates are necessary to help pay for the new wastewater treatment plant.  The Council will also discuss a proposal that would allow the  fire department to use a portion of the old wastewater building for their fire training program.

In other business, the Council will consider approval of a change in the City’s Utility Billing Policy and Procedures.  City Clerk Angela Beckman tells KIWA that this will include three changes.  At the present time Utility bills must be paid by one p.m. on the due date.  Under the new ordinance they would not be due until the end of the business day.  On the next business day, courtesy reminder notices will be mailed out with the balance due twelve days later.  If the bill is not paid in that time, disconnect notices will be delivered giving the user 48-hours to pay the bill. And, the ordinance contains a change in the insufficient check charge from twenty-five to thirty dollars.

The Council will also be asked to consider their approval of a new building at the airport to house the new snow removal equipment they have purchased.  The estimated total cost of the building is $289,600, with ninety percent of the funding provided by the federal government.

Wednesday’s agenda includes a continuation of the discussion on Tax Increment Financing Areas that began at the previous council meeting.  This will also include areas of future financing of projects.

Wednesday’s council meeting begins at 4:30 in the upper level of the Sheldon Community Services Center.