They gave their approval to a $2.86 million dollar General Obligation Capital Loan Note which will be used to finance the Sheldon Crossing residential development. This will cover streets, sewer and water lines, and other infrastructure. Following this the council approved another note for $2.5 million dollars. This will provide financing for the downtown improvement project, a new motor grader, improvements at the waste water plant, and the new deep well. Then another vote was taken to combine these notes into one for $5.35 million dollars to take advantage of a 1.5 percent interest rate.
In other action the council approved the final plat of the Trilogy Village development and the lot prices. In answer to a question from Marv Van Riesen, city manager Scott Wynja explained that the prices represent the total amount the city has spent to develop the lots. Marv Uittenbogaard whose home is adjacent to Trilogy once again cautioned the city about the drainage situation in that area. He felt that when there is a heavy rain the water would end up pooling near his home. The City engineer had previously explained that after the street was installed the water would find its way into storm sewer drains.
Then the council addressed a recommendation from the cemetery board to amend the current city ordinance to allow upright markers in the area where only markers flush with the ground are now allowed. The motivation for this comes from family requests to make the change. At the present time the other section of the cemetery is slowly filling up while the area where flush markers are required has 250 to 300 unsold lots. No one seemed to know why the flush markers were originally required in this area. The council moved the ordinance change on to the next meeting to give them time to learn how the public feels about the proposal.
The council also heard from public works director Todd Uhl who explained why the city is issuing a “Water Watch”. This means all Sheldon water customers are encouraged to limit or curtail all nonessential uses of water. This is voluntary, but if water use is not significantly reduced, it will become mandatory with enforcement.
And, council member Brad Hindt asked for discussion about the need for the city’s sirens to sound each evening at six o’clock. It seems that originally this was implemented to test the system each day, but EMA director, Walt Pruiksma has pointed out that these tests are now held on Wednesdays at 12:30 PM. This topic will be up for discussion on the agenda for the next meeting.