Sheldon Council Tables Former Bethel Property Parking Issue

Sheldon, Iowa — The Sheldon City Council met in regular session at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15th.

By approving the consent agenda, they approved these items: an alcohol license for the Cobblestone Inn, the confirmation of the mayor’s appointment of Jackson Kleinwolterink to the Parks & Recreation Board, a pay estimate for the water tower project, a resolution approving the addition of SCAT Training Officer duties for Lori Watson, and a resolution approving an Engagement Agreement with Ahlers & Cooney, P.C. regarding Western Avenue bonding.

The council approved the rezoning of 1721 S 5th Ave to Suburban Residential for Austin & Chelsea Verdoorn and the Sheldon Upper Story Project Application for 324 & 326 9th Street. The upper story project resolution is to seek 2024 State/Federal grant funding for the former Wolff’s Department Store in the corner two addresses of the H.C. Lane buildings. The proposed results would be 5 new upper-story dwelling units. The council also approved a TIF application for Maintainer’s expansion after a public hearing in which the council heard from Maintainer CEO Shelley Morris.

Taking the most time was the consideration of a request from the developer of the former Bethel lot – Justin Postma. Postma had asked the city to pay $30,000 to help pay for the removal of the angle parking area and the installation of curb and gutter. After much discussion it was proposed that the council wait until a time that they could hear from Postma as to his reasoning why the city should pay toward this expense. It was moved, seconded and passed unanimously to table the issue for now.

The council also approved the first readings of ordinances on water and sewer rates for fiscal year 24-25. City staff say this is in line with the rate study. They say it has been their goal to have more cash on hand for needed water and sewer projects instead of having to bond for them, and this will help them meet that goal.

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