Sheldon Police Cover Two Accidents That Caused Damage To Four Vehicles

Sheldon PD car police spdSheldon, Iowa — The Sheldon Police Department covered two accidents that caused damage to four vehicles in recent days.

A minivan driven by a Kansas teen and a parked car were damaged in an accident on December 31 in Sheldon.

The Sheldon Police Department reports that about 9:30 PM, 18-year-old Thomas Bonnel of Kansas was westbound on West Seventh Street in a 2002 Dodge minivan. Larry Steffans’ 1991 Honda was legally-parked in the 300 block of West Seventh.

The police report that they were alerted to the accident by Steffans when he discovered his car had been struck. They determined that Bonnel struck the parked car, panicked, and left the scene. He was located a short time later and admitted to striking the Steffans Honda.

Bonnel’s Dodge received $1500 damage. Steffans’s Honda received $1000 damage.

There were no injuries reported.

Bonnel was charged with Leaving the Scene of a Traffic Accident resulting in damage to a vehicle.


A Sheldon woman’s car and a Tempe, AZ man’s pickup were damaged in an accident on Wednesday (1/2) in Sheldon.

The Sheldon Police Department reports that about 12:05 PM, 37-year-old Angie Clark of Sheldon was northbound on Third Avenue in a 2009 Ford. Twenty-three-year-old Christopher Tatsumi of Tempe, AZ was eastbound on Sixth Street in a 2007 GMC.

The report says Tatsumi looked north, but did not see Clark coming from the south. Clark attempted to avoid the accident, but the vehicles collided in the intersection.

Clark’s Ford received $2300 damage. Tatsumi’s GMC received $2000 damage.

There were no injuries reported.

Tatsumi was charged with failure to obey a yield sign.


Spalding Catholic High School Students Will Go To Gehlen In The Fall

Spalding CatholicLe Mars, Iowa — High school students from Spalding Catholic High School in Granville will be attending Gehlen Catholic High School in Le Mars this fall.

On Wednesday, (1/2/13) the Spalding Catholic and Gehlen Catholic School Boards met in Le Mars to vote separately on the proposed unification of the two high schools. Immediately after the vote, the two school boards met to discuss the respective results.

Both boards voted to approve the unification of Spalding and Gehlen Catholic High School beginning with the 2013-2014 school year. As the school boards presented throughout the discernment process, the unified high school will be called Gehlen Catholic High School and will be located in Le Mars.

Jeanne Jungers, Spalding Catholic School Board President says that they want to thank the Gehlen Catholic family for being more than just a willing and interested partner. She also says that as part of the unification process, Spalding Catholic is now able to strengthen their quality preK-8th grade system. She says they know that with this change there will be sadness, but they also anticipate great things for the future. She says they trust the Lord is leading them into a new “season” for Catholic education in their community.

Meanwhile, layoffs are expected. Spalding School Board president Brian Kolbeck has said that Gehlen will try to hire the best Spalding teachers, but there will not be room for everyone.

Spalding is planning to celebrate the success it has enjoyed over the last 50 years through a variety of upcoming liturgies and activities. They include Catholic Schools Week, the Spalding Catholic Gala, commencement, a 50th Anniversary celebration this summer and more.


Sheldon Council Furthers Discussion on Crossroads Community Park Development and Streetscape

SheldonSheldon, Iowa — The Sheldon City Council furthered their discussion on two major projects at their Wednesday meeting.

With reference to the downtown infrastructure project, the council was told that the engineering firm didn’t have all the information ready that they had requested, but this will be available for the January 16th meeting.  However, the council decided to select the type of financing which would be used if the project becomes a reality. One of those would be the use of essential corporate urban renewal bonds which would be subject to a possible reverse referendum. The other method would be to treat the infrastructure as General Obligation/Essential Corporate, which would require a public hearing. Council member Dave Popkes spoke in favor of the second option, expressing the opinion that the reverse referendum with the first method could be used mainly as a delaying tactic. His motion passed with all members voting in favor. It was emphasized that this was only a vote on the type of financing the council would use, and was not a vote on the final plan.

The other major project discussed at the meeting was the Sheldon Crossing Community Park Development. The proposed development would consist of 57 single-family lots,  three multi-family units, a commercial area, a 1.5-acre area for commercial use and 5.9 acres of park area. This would be located just east of the homes on Country Club Road extending to the east as far as the existing round-about located near the Holiday Inn Express. The total cost of the development which would include sanitary sewer, water mains, storm sewer, earthwork and paving is estimated at 2.64 million dollars.  The engineering firm suggested that the work could be done in three phases, but council members favored doing it all as one project if possible.

City Manager Scott Wynja presented the council with a breakdown of the City’s debt figures showing that if the city borrowed money for both the Sheldon Crossing project and Downtown Infrastructure project they would still be more than twenty-five percent below the City’s total bonding capacity.  It was the consensus of the council that they should move forward with planning and zoning for the area, and include the project in the upcoming budget discussions.

They also discussed further development of the barrow pit area.  The City Manager was asked to proceed with arrangements for the city to acquire ownership of the barrow pit since this will be a key to the rest of the park development in that area.

See the proposed plat for the Sheldon Crossing Development by clicking here.

To see the design drawings for the Downtown Infrastructure Project, click here.


Sheldon United Fund Meets Goal

United FundIt looked for a while as though the Sheldon United Fund would fall well short of their $33,000 goal for the 2012 campaign.

About a week ago the fund-raising drive was about $1900 short of the goal.  However, due to the generosity of an anonymous donor, the fund was able to reach their goal.

The United Fund will be assisting 23 different organizations in Sheldon and the surrounding communities, and they say thank you for your generosity, not only to the last minute anonymous donor, but to all who donated to the campaign.


Old Hy-Vee Building Sold

Old Hy-VeeAn empty business building along Highway 18 in Sheldon won’t be empty much longer. The former location of the Hy-Vee Food Store has been purchased by Pro Cellular, the AT&T Agent currently located in the Old 60 Strip Mall in north Sheldon.

Kent Johansen owns Pro Cellular, and says his company intends to develop the building as a retail center.

Johansen says that from the first time he visited Sheldon he was very impressed with the community.

He says that Poppema-Sikma Construction will be the General Contractor for the remodel project, and will begin work within a couple of weeks, with a goal of moving the AT&T store, the first business to locate there, into the new location by mid to late spring, 2013.


SCDC Director Looks Back At 2012 & Ahead at 2013

Sheldon smallSheldon has undergone a great deal of growth in 2012. We talked with Sheldon Chamber & Development Corporation Executive Director Mark Gaul about the changes in town over the past year. Gaul says that the biggest change is in the Crossroads Industrial Park.

Gaul went on to talk about some of the other things that have taken place in 2012.

Gaul went on to list the expansion of Sheldon Crossing, including the move of Risefest to Sheldon, along with the new Casey’s Store at the intersection of Highway 18 and Business 60, as well as Shopko taking over the Pamida store in Sheldon, as major projects for 2012.

Gaul says the SCDC is also helping to address the need for housing in Sheldon.

Gaul says that, in addition to the Sheldon Crossing area, new housing development will take place in other areas of Sheldon, as well, including the Fieldcrest area of east Sheldon.

We asked Gaul what was on the horizon with the dawn of 2013.

Gaul says that the addition of businesses like Southwest Wholesale RV and Chinese Chef to the Runger Addition, as well as the proposed downtown infrastructure project, will help keep Sheldon moving in the right direction for 2013.