Sheldon, Iowa — Wednesday’s Sheldon City Council meeting was the last for City Manager Scott Wynja, who is leaving for a similar position in Sioux Center. The City of Sheldon is in the process of interviewing applicants to fill the vacancy created by Wynja’s departure. In the meantime the Council has appointed City Clerk Angela Beckman, and Public Works Director Todd Uhl, to handle the day to day office business. Each of them will receive an additional $2-thousand per month for their work, until a new City Manager is in place.
The City website was also a topic at Wednesday’s meeting. Chamber Coordinator Allison Cooke told the Council that her office receives many phone calls asking for information that is hard to access on the website. The current website is shared by the SCDC and the City . Cooke said the website is very out of date, and both the SCDC and the Chamber want to have the ability to update items easily. Cooke’s stated goal is to have all information available within two clicks. She says there are five people or companies interested in the work that needs to be done, and she hopes to have a proposal for the Council at their September 21st meeting.
In other business, the Council approved a proposal from DGR Engineering to do the design and engineering work on the new water tower, pumping system, and associated pipe lines, at an estimated cost of $111,750, with up to $16,500 in additional hourly work. The City budget for the current fiscal year has included $200,000 for these engineering services.
The Council also approved a proposal from Certified Testing Services to perform tests of the ground in the area where expansion of the Waste Water Treatment Plant is planned. Public Works Director Todd Uhl told the Council that part of the land was once a city dump, and the tests will ensure that will not be a problem for a new facility. The testing will cost up to $7,600.00. The Council also approved the wage for new Wastewater Operator Nathan White, whose wage will be $17.36 per hour, in line with the union contract . The updating of the Waste Water Plant is necessary to comply with new government regulations.