Sheldon, Iowa — The Sheldon City Council gave their approval to the five-year Capital Improvement Plan that was presented at Wednesday’s Council meeting. The action came after there were no comments from the public during a public hearing on the plan. City Manager Sean Hutchison pointed out that projects listed for fiscal year ’18 will have to be addressed when the upcoming budget is formulated. He also noted that the city will have more accurate project costs for following years as that time comes near.
The council also approved a contribution of $2,586.00 to the O’Brien County Northwest Iowa Regional Housing Trust. This trust has paid for the rehabilitation of eight homes in Sheldon over the past few years.
The Annual Audit of the city’s finances was also on the agenda, with a representative of the Winther Stave and Company delivering the report. He reported that in the fiscal year 2016-2017 the city was under budget on everything except General Government, and this was because some bills for the previous year came in late. He also reported that the audit found no non-compliance or reportable issues and that he was ‘happy’ with this report. And he complimented the City Staff, saying they are always good to work with.
In other business the council granted a waiver of the subdivision regulations. This waiver was requested for a parcel of land south on Country Club Road near the exit ramps that is being sold with a one-third split. That waiver will not apply if there is further division of the property. This waiver follows past precedent and was approved by the Planning and Zoning Commission at their meeting Monday.
The council also gave their final approval of the Ordinance on the Sewer Rate increase, re-scheduled the City Manager’s Evaluation to December 20th, approved Sunday liquor sales for Schottsy’s Bar and Grill, and set December 20th as the date for a public hearing to consider approval of the Floyd Industrial Park Final Plat. This involves the area south of the Crossroads Industrial Park, and creates five new lots. One of these lots is five acres, the others about two acres each. They can be sub-divided or combined if necessary.