Sheldon, IA — The Sheldon City Council has responded to a request for the vacating of an alley by passing it on to the Planning and Zoning Commission. In a letter to the council, the Vice President of Iowa State Bank, Ken Hengeveld stated that based on observations, traffic in the alley on the south side of the bank is now exclusively limited to customers and employees of the bank. He added that if the alley would be vacated it would allow for potential investments in bank facilities to better serve their customers and the community. If approved by ‘Planning and Zoning’ they would make a recommendation to the council for further action.
The Council also approved a contract with Utilities Services of Perry, Georgia for the blasting and re-coating of the interior of the city water tower. The project which will cost $118,700 will not begin until sometime after the end of August, because of the high use of water this month. Public Works Director, Todd Uhl told the council that the winning bidder is required to have the work completed by June 14th, 2014. This broad time-parameter was offered in order to attract more bidders, and possible lower bids. Uhl says that while the work is being done water pressure will be maintained by the city’s water pumps. The tower would probably be out of service from seven to ten days.
In other business the council agreed to an increase in the garbage collection rates which have become necessary due to drastic increases in the landfill rates. It was noted that the higher landfill rates are necessary to pay for complying with new DNR regulations. The current rate for Sheldon residences is fourteen dollars per month, plus a one dollar fuel surcharge. The new rate will be fifteen dollars plus the surcharge. The fuel surcharge can fluctuate as it is based on the current fuel prices. The new contract with the garbage haulers also provides for a twenty-five cents per month increase each year of the three year agreement.
And, the Council agreed to work with the Sheldon Chamber and Development Corporation to formulate an agreement under which the position of Sheldon Development Director could be a city position and be eligible for city employee benefits. Council member Ron Rensink noted that the City has always helped finance the SCDC, but there was no accountability to the city. The council was told that the SCDC Board is also interested in such an agreement which could be helpful to them in their search for a new Director to replace Mark Gaul who recently tendered his resignation.