Sheldon To Receive $3 Million Shot In The Arm
Date posted - March 21, 2012
It was a big day for Sheldon Wednesday with a series of important decisions announced at the City Council meeting.
As the first item of business, Development Director Mark Gaul announced that an agreement had been reached with Ziegler Caterpillar to build a new sales and service facility in Sheldon’s new Industrial Park. The facility will be located on about twenty one acres of land located in the northwest corner of the industrial park adjacent to Highway 18 and Highway 60. Gaul said that Ziegler will agree to a three million dollar minimum assessment in exchange for the property.
The Council approved that agreement. Ziegler will be the first new business to locate in the Industrial Park.
Following this, Mike Bell of RDG Planning and Design presented the council with the final plans for the new Community Park to be located in the Eastern part of Sheldon. Bell pointed out that their original assessment of Sheldon’s park facilities showed a need for more open space, which led them to the area South of Sheldon Crossing. He pointed out that the final plans were developed over a series of meetings, with the public offering their input.
The plan he presented included a network of trails and paths around the borrow pit area, with a possible lodge nearby. Parking near the lodge would also serve other amenities such as the RV Park and an amphitheatre. There could be a place for winter recreation on the South end of the property where there is a fairly steep grade. The West side of the area would provide space for about 52 residential properties. There would be about eight acres of open space in the center of the park. The South end would feature a more ‘wild area’ with trees and bushes.
Bell emphasized that the City should not try to ‘go it alone’ with this project, but should enlist partners such as the Department of Transportation and Conservation Commission. He also said there will be grants available. He also said they should start with one feature at a time such as the trails. Also pointing out that as soon as the city builds an access street into the area and develops the residential section they can start selling lots which will help fund the rest of the park projects. The Council will appoint a steering committee to help them prioritize the steps to be taken
Then Heidi Brown asked the city to move forward with their part of the downtown development project. This would be an infrastructure project with a cost of about $830,000. There would be extensive street work, water main upgrades, better wheelchair and walker access and other features including new street lights. The current lights would be replaced by forty more lower level lights. The Council agreed to have their engineers begin work on this project as soon as possible.
Brown also asked the city to endorse the development of the former Pucci’s property into a downtown park. She said this project would cost about $85,000 and would be financed through a community fund raiser. The Marketing Committee has already appropriated $21,000 toward this fund.
This project also received the unanimous support of the City Council.
Her suggestion for the third phase of the downtown improvement effort is for the committee to reassess the overall project including many enhancements.
The council also approved a Tax Increment Financing Plan for the new Village Treasure Chest.
We’ll have more details on this and other news from Wednesday’s Council meeting Friday on KIWA.
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