The Sheldon City Council has decided against installing sidewalks in the Trilogy addition before the lots are sold.
Council member Ron Rensink had suggested this procedure to provide a continuous sidewalk throughout the area from the beginning. In the past sidewalks were not installed until a home was built on a lot. At their recent meeting in March most council members expressed the feeling that the same policy should be used in the new addition, but since Rensink was not present they tabled discussion until this Wednesday.
Rensink told the council that he had found out that the American Disabilities Act requires that a turn-around area be provided in every two hundred feet of sidewalk. Normally the driveways provide this area. So, he made a motion to exclude the sidewalks from the infrastructure project. The low bid of $298,000 was submitted by Vander Pol Excavating of Orange City. A change order to remove the sidewalk cost of $24,398 will be acted on later.
Jan and Keith Ralston came to the council on behalf of Farmers Market, asking for help in window repairs at the old depot. Since the windows have been repeatedly broken by vandals, they want to replace some of them and add a type of hardware cloth screen to protect them. They stated that they expect to have larger sellers joining their Farmers Market in the coming years, and the Depot would be an ideal location. They are submitting a request for an O’Brien County Community grant, and felt that it would be helpful if the City of Sheldon would show their support financially. After discussion the council voted to contribute fourteen hundred dollars from the City’s Depot Reserve Fund.
In other business, the council approved an agreement with DGR Engineering for the drilling of a new 650 foot deep well. The estimated total cost for the project is $417,000.
The Council also set the date and time for several public hearings including one for financing of the downtown Infrastructure project. This brought up a question from Ron Rensink who asked if approval of the capital Loan Note in the amount of $1.56 million dollars would mean they approved of the entire project as well. This led to considerable discussion including explanation of the procedures that still have to be followed. And the question of whether or not the plan includes trees for downtown. There will be an informational meeting for the public at four p.m. April 17th at which time details of the project will be explained. This will be followed by a City Council Public Hearing at 4:30.
We’ll have full details on the downtown infrastructure discussion and upcoming opportunities for the public on later KIWA newscasts and this website.