Sheldon City Council Members Disagree On How To Fund City’s Children’s World Commitment

Date posted - February 7, 2013

community services center 02Sheldon, IA — Now that the city of Sheldon is beginning plans for residential development plus a park area in Sheldon Crossing, they also want adequate recreational trail access to the area.  The Trails committee reports they are concerned about the inability of trail users to safely access the eight foot trail section that goes past Drenkow Motors.  Persons have to use Country Club Road itself or private sidewalks that are too narrow.   Pete Hamill told the City Council Wednesday that after considerable discussion the trails committee was in unanimous agreement that a ten foot trail should be placed from Highway 18 to East 9th street on the west side of Country Club Road.

He explained that a ten foot trail is usually required in order to get grant money for the project.  Otherwise, an 8 foot trail would be adequate.  Everyone agreed that if such a trail was placed immediately adjacent to the road it would be hazardous.  This means it would have to be located in the area of the sidewalks.

There was a question of whether or not the city would have the right of way on the properties involved.  Public Works Director Todd Uhl  told the council he felt that they would have the right of way.  But Council members weren’t too supportive of the whole idea.  Other ideas came up including putting the trail on the east side of the road . Ron Rensink who lives in that area commented that, “if you put it on the west side of the road those people are not going to be happy and if you put it on the east side they are not going  to be happy.  Waiting  to make a decision later will not change that.”   The Council asked  Hamill  to take the problem back to the trails committee.  They meet the third Thursday of every month at seven p.m.


The council also debated how to fund a commitment they want to make to assist Children’s World.  In their budget session they agreed on one hundred thousand dollars over three years.  There was a question of  how much of that would be paid out of Local Option Sales Tax Funds, and if they should tap into the Hotel-Motel tax income which is normally handed over to the marketing committee.  Dave Popkes said he felt they should take it all from the Sales Tax Fund, but some objected because this would use money which is usually set aside for emergencies.  Ron Rensink said that since the Hotel-Motel tax has grown from thirty thousand a year to ninety thousand, the Marketing Committee does not need it all.  Brad Hindt commented that Marketing does a lot of good things with their money.,

Duane Seehusen made a motion to dedicate 30 percent of the Hotel-Motel tax to Childrens World for a set period of three years.  This motion was defeated.  Greg Geels pointed out that they had not even talked to the Marketing Committee.   His motion to discuss the matter with Marketing and also bring up the possibility of raising the Hotel-Motel tax from five to seven percent  passed on a four to one vote with Rensink voting no.  In the meantime the budget will show the money is coming from the Local Option Sales Tax, and if Hotel-Motel tax money is dedicated to Children’s World those dollars will be moved to the Sales Tax fund.


In other business, the council approved Nathan White for the fire department and Pat Meester as the City representative on the Northwest Iowa Regional Housing Authority Board.   They also approved an agreement with the Iowa D.O.T. for the Country Club Road and East 9th Street project,  approved an increase in the fees for zoning permits, and set February 20th as the date for public hearings on the Trilogy Plat and the 2013-2014 fiscal year budget.

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4 Responses to “Sheldon City Council Members Disagree On How To Fund City’s Children’s World Commitment”

  1. TDS says:

    I didn’t realize the city gave bail-out money

  2. Citizen says:

    The City and Trails committee will not have very happy people on Country Club Road if they decide to put in a 8-10 foot trail on the East or West side of the road especially the new houses that built along that road and had to put there own sidewalk in, and now they are talking on replacing those sidewalks. Talk about a waste of money!!!!!! Also why does it matter putting bigger sidewalks in, people biking or running dont use the side walks or trails anyways if there is a road next to it!

  3. Walt says:

    As one who lives on the eastside of Country Club Road I suggested to city officials several years back that since we were obligated by the city council to put sidewalks in anyway that those sidewalks be 6 to 8 foot in width and enlist them as part of the trail system. I’m not saying that all my neighbors would have agreed but maybe if the city offered to pay for all or even half the project the problem the Trails committee has today MIGHT not be an issue.
    Now the Trails committee suggests that a 10′ trail be put on the westside of Country Club Road from 18 to East 9th. That would mean that those wanting to walk or bike the trail to Taco Johns or McDonalds would have to cross Country Club Road about 25 yards from where 18 empties onto Country Club. This would make for a dangerous situation for pedestrians crossing as cars and trucks coming off 18 going south accelerate immediately. A crossing there would have unwelcomed consequences.

    • George says:

      How does one walk along 16th St or 2nd Ave. or Western Ave or Park St. NO SIDE WALKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!??????????? WHY worry about TRAILs that are not maintained in winter months. People don’t walk on sidewalks in this town because they are uneven, have obstructions and are too narrow in places. FIX the side walks and put them in where they are missing!

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