Sheldon, Iowa — The Sheldon City Council has approved a memorandum of understanding between the Sheldon Chamber and Development Corporation or SCDC and the city regarding a change in the status of the Community Development Director. Under the new plan, the director will be a senior management position of the City and the council will prescribe the powers, duties and terms of employment. The director will also report to the SCDC Board of Directors to help advance the growth of the community.
In the past the development director has been employed by the SCDC, which does not have a benefit package available similar to that of the City. Under the new arrangement the director will be paid by the city, but the SCDC will reimburse the city for the salary cost. The city will cover the cost of the benefit package as offered to other full-time employees. It is felt that this new arrangement will be helpful in attracting qualified applicants to replace Mark Gaul who has submitted his resignation effective September first.
In other business, Public Works Director Todd Uhl told the council that as the Canadian-Pacific Railroad was making improvements along their tracks they uncovered an old storm sewer that has not been used for many years. The railroad wants to hook on to this old line which they feel will also benefit the city with better drainage. The railroad will do the installation work, and the Council agreed to use city funds to pay for the sewer pipe.
The next step in the development of a park in Sheldon Crossing was also discussed. City Manager Scott Wynja told the council that he has been in touch with the O’Brien County Conservation Board, and they are very interested in assisting with the development of the Borrow Pit area. The Council voted to have Wynja continue his discussions with the Conservation Board. After decisions have been made about the pit, the council will be ready to discuss the next steps in the park development.