Sheldon Council Discusses Bethel Property, Fireworks, More

Sheldon, Iowa — The Sheldon City Council talked about several issues at their meeting on Wednesday, August 17th. Among them were the new water tower, new development on the former Bethel Reformed Church property in central Sheldon, and the issue of fireworks policy.

In the community input part of the meeting, Marv Van Riesen spoke to the council about ambulance write-offs. He is of the opinion that for patient transfers, Sanford Health should be reimbursing the city for costs that would otherwise be written off.

We talked to City Manager Sam Kooiker and asked him what the situation is.


Kooiker tells us about the developer’s proposal for developing the former Bethel Church property.


He says the dwellings are to be “affordable housing.”


The developer has asked for urban renewal funds, or Tax Increment Financing. Kooiker says a portion of the taxes on the property would go toward the improvement of the property. If all goes well, they hope to start construction in October, says Kooiker.


While Council Member Tom Eggers wondered if there had been enough complaints about fireworks to warrant an ordinance change, the council has voted to have Kookier draw up a new ordinance.


Kooiker says there will be a chance for the public to comment on the proposed change as there are usually three readings of an ordinance before it becomes law.

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