Sheldon Council Discusses Streetscape Financing Possibilities

Date posted - November 13, 2012

When the Sheldon City Council discussed the proposed downtown Streetscape project at their meeting last week, one of the questions  was, “how do we pay for it”?

City Clerk Arlene Budden  described some of the details she had learned from the Bonding Attorney.  The City probably would use Tax Increment Financing funds for the project and therefore the cost would not be assessed to the taxpayers.  The plan would be subject to a reverse referendum.

But it will be sometime before the council needs to address financing the project.  At this time they are waiting for more information from the engineer, and will start discussing how the property owners on the five block project would be assessed.   It was also announced that there would a public hearing before the project, if approved, would go to the bidding process.

Council members also stressed that the public has ample opportunity to voice  their opinions during the public comment session at council meetings.In other business, the council approved the sale of a residential lot in the Schemper Addition to Tim and Karen Pottebaum.   They also approved the re-platting of the area around Fieldcrest which would create 15 to 16 additional residential lots in that area.   And approved going forward with work at the airport which would include runway   and taxi-way improvements.

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7 Responses to “Sheldon Council Discusses Streetscape Financing Possibilities”

  1. Sheldon Dreamer says:

    Lets make sure we do everything possible to get this streetscape plan approved. Then lets get to work on getting rid of some of those bad remodel jobs that have been done on some of storefronts and return them to their original beauty. When Walmart comes to town, that’s going to wipe out a lot of the Mom and Pop stores in downtown. Sheldon will need to think outside the box and figure out how downtown will still play an important part of our city. We could turn downtown into a regional entertainment district with cafes, ice cream shops, antique shops, and unusual gift shops, somewhat like the Old Market in Omaha, but on a smaller scale. The second floors of the downtown buildings could be turned into loft apartments or condos, or could be used as small hotel rooms. Lets open up all those boarded up second story windows. How about painting some of the original signs back onto the buildings? How about putting historic signs on the buildings that tell about their history? This idea would be something that doesn’t compete with Walmart and could attract lots of visitors from out of town. Something cool like that might also help retain and attract more young people to want to live in Sheldon. There are so many possibilities. Lets not let our downtown, which has played such an important part of our history fall into disrepair.

    • Resident says:

      I agree, we need to think outside the box here and make downtown something more upbeat, maybe even urban. Time to let go of the past of keeping it closed up and small and let’s let this place grow.

      I agree with the cafes, shops etc.

    • Joe says:

      If Walmart comes to town you could just as well bulldoze the entire downtown area. Keep the big franchises out of Sheldon. They do more bad than good.

      • sam walton says:

        Well joe, sound like you really know the ins and outs of business and community development. Look at Sioux Center, Spencer and Le Mars. All have a Walmart and have a perfectly healthy “Down Town” business district. And growing population that far exceeds Sheldon’s less then 1% yearly numbers. I’m sure you all ready knew that by the profound statement that submitted.

    • Johnny Rotten says:

      Just a quick question for you. Who would you like to pay for all this? Because I would sure think that when people find out that the business owners that operate in the uptown area will be forced to pay out of there pockets to make these improvements, there will plenty of empty buildings for the all the coffee and ice cream shops to rush into and save this community!

      • Sheldon Dreamer says:

        Facade improvement programs have been adopted by hundreds of communities, and if you do a search online, you will find many examples of how successful these programs can be. You will see how these communities found ways of financing their facade improvement programs. Many used a combination of TIF and grant programs, while others did some thinking outside the box and came up with other creative ways to finance their facade improvement programs.

        Sheldon could create a facade improvement program that could assist downtown property owners with sign renovation or replacement, wall repairs and repainting, window and door replacement or modification, planter box installation, handicap accessibility modifications, added ornamental/decorative architectural features, exterior lighting, awnings, and other improvements which will increase the attractiveness of the building. Like in many other cities, Sheldon would need adopt some design standards, or form a design review committee to prevent more bad remodel jobs.

        It’s time we stop sitting back watching other towns like Sioux Center and Orange City prosper and grow while our town pretty much is going nowhere.

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