Sheldon Council Approves TIF Agreement With Village For New Village Treasure Chest Building

When the Sheldon City Council met Wednesday they approved a Tax Increment Financing agreement with Village Northwest Unlimited who will be constructing a new building for the Village Treasure Chest.

This 10,400 square foot building will be on one and one half acres of land immediately west of the new Hy-Vee store. Development Director Mark Gaul pointed out that the Village pays property taxes on all their business buildings as well as the waiver homes. They also collect sales tax on the retail items they sell. The Village has agreed to a minimum property assessment of six hundred thousand dollars in exchange for the land.

Gaul told the council this will generate $19,246 annually in real estate taxes. Even with the seven year TIF agreement it will net $91,000 in taxes during that period.

In other business the council approved the use of part of the City Parking Lot by Perspective Insurance for a Civil War Exhibit. Ron Rensink told the council this exhibit which is traveling throughout Iowa features the role of Iowans in the Civil War and it is sponsored by Employers Mutual Insurance Company and the Iowa Historical Society. It will be open to school children and the general public from April 13th through 18th in the City Parking Lot adjacent to the Sheldon Library.

The Library was also an issue at the Council Meeting. Joel Gustafson, a member of the Library Board told the council the Board wants to communicate better with the council. He presented a report of some of the uses the Library was making of the money they have received from the City Budget. This includes six thousand dollars for a new library checking system, refinishing of some chairs, purchasing tables, a new book kiosk for the children’s area, an E-reader program and other items. The remaining balance will be used to increase circulation materials.

Gustafson also complained that some years ago the city reduced their budget for funding the Library. Council member Duane Seehusen explained that this was done when a special tax levy for the library was put in place. According to the minutes of the Library Board’s February meeting they expect to receive over $29,000 in levy funds in the next fiscal year, plus $127,500 from the City.


New Faces At Sheldon Golf & Country Club

 

There are some new faces at Sheldon Golf and Country Club for 2012. They report that they have hired both a new clubhouse manager and a new course superintendent.

We had a chance to talk with board member Troy Seivert. He tells us about the new clubhouse manager.

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Seivert says they also have a new course superintendent.

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Seivert says both Malotky and Barlow have some great ideas.

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He says Saturday, April 14, will be opening night this year. Member and League sign up will start at 6:00, with socializing and a dance to follow at 8:00. TC Tunes will again be the DJ. There will also be hors d’oeuvres and beverages. He says you are also invited to come out and meet Malotky and Barlow at that time.


Ziegler CAT to Open New Facility in Sheldon

We heard the announcement at the Sheldon City Council meeting on Wednesday that Ziegler CAT is going to open a new facility in Sheldon. We now have some of the details of what that will mean for Sheldon.

Ziegler CAT is entering into an agreement with the city of Sheldon to purchase land and build a new facility in the Crossroads Industrial Park. When completed, the building will serve the construction and agricultural markets, providing new and used equipment, service, parts, and technology support for Ziegler customers in Northwest Iowa. Construction is expected to begin this summer.

The facility will have roughly 20,000 sq. ft. of space, including a parts warehouse, offices, a full-service shop, and field service capabilities. Ziegler plans to eventually employ 18 – 25 people at the Sheldon facility.

The new location will sell and service the full line of CAT® compact and heavy construction equipment, the new vocational truck, and generators. A complete line of new and used agricultural equipment will also be offered, including Challenger® tractors; LEXION® combines; RoGator®, TerraGator®, and SpraCoupe® application equipment; White Planters; and Sunflower® tillage equipment. An overnight shuttle system will connect the Sheldon facility with Ziegler’s 22 other locations in Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin, providing customers with an unmatched array of products, parts, and services.

“We’re excited to expand our presence in Iowa,” said William Hoeft, Ziegler chairman & CEO. “With the construction of this new facility, we can provide a higher level of service to our customers in northwest Iowa.”

Founded in 1914, Ziegler is a family-owned company employing more than 1,400 people in 22 communities throughout the tri-state area.

You can find Ziegler Cat online at www.zieglercat.com


Farmers Can Put Problem Land Into Conservation Reserve Program Now Until April 6

Producers who are tired of farming steep side slopes and other environmentally sensitive land can put that land into the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP).

The general CRP sign-up continues through April 6 at USDA Farm Service Agency offices.

John R. Whitaker, state executive director of the Iowa Farm Service Agency says that for 25 years, they have enrolled and re-enrolled producers into this premiere private lands conservation program. Whitaker says the benefits have been to protect Iowa’s most environmentally sensitive lands and to ensure the sustainability of our groundwater, lakes, rivers, ponds and streams.

Todd Bogenschutz, an Iowa Department of Natural Resources upland game biologist says that CRP acres benefit game birds and animals too.

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He says there are certainly benefits to farmers too.

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The CRP contracts provide annual rental payments to landowners who in turn agree to use conservation practices that will reduce soil erosion, improve water and air quality, or provide winter cover and food for wildlife.

The DNR says that crop producers who selectively use CRP on problem areas provide cleaner water and air for all Iowans.

Targeting just the steepest part of a field can increase the chance of an offer’s acceptance into CRP. Staff at the USDA Farm Service Center, including NRCS, DNR and Pheasants Forever staff, can provide information on how to effectively use CRP, and what cover crops are best for pheasants, quail, songbirds, and more.

Nationwide about 6.5 million acres of CRP expire this fall.

For more information, call or visit your local county FSA office.


Luverne, Minnesota Man Behind Bars After Felony Drug Arrest Near Hull/Perkins

A Luverne, Minnesota man is behind bars after he was arrested near Perkins on felony drug charges.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports they arrested 46-year-old Sakdarif Lokhamkouak of Luverne on Tuesday evening. The arrest was a result of an erratic driving complaint received by the Sioux County Communications Center.

Lokhamkouak was stopped by a Sioux County deputy sheriff just south of 320th Street on Highway 75, near Perkins. During the traffic stop the deputy found Lokhamkouak to be in possession of 14.8 ounces of marijuana.

Lokhamkouak was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver and failure to affix a drug stamp, both class D felonies.

Additionally, just over $2,400 in cash was seized as a result of the investigation.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office K‐9, the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office drug recognition expert and the Sioux Center Police Department assisted in the investigation.


Sheldon To Receive $3 Million Shot In The Arm

It was a big day for Sheldon Wednesday with a series of important decisions announced at the City Council meeting.

As the first item of business, Development Director Mark Gaul announced that an agreement had been reached with Ziegler Caterpillar to build a new sales and service facility in Sheldon’s new Industrial Park. The facility will be located on about twenty one acres of land located in the northwest corner of the industrial park adjacent to Highway 18 and Highway 60. Gaul said that Ziegler will agree to a three million dollar minimum assessment in exchange for the property.

The Council approved that agreement. Ziegler will be the first new business to locate in the Industrial Park.

Following this, Mike Bell of RDG Planning and Design presented the council with the final plans for the new Community Park to be located in the Eastern part of Sheldon. Bell pointed out that their original assessment of Sheldon’s park facilities showed a need for more open space, which led them to the area South of Sheldon Crossing. He pointed out that the final plans were developed over a series of meetings, with the public offering their input.

The plan he presented included a network of trails and paths around the borrow pit area, with a possible lodge nearby. Parking near the lodge would also serve other amenities such as the RV Park and an amphitheatre. There could be a place for winter recreation on the South end of the property where there is a fairly steep grade. The West side of the area would provide space for about 52 residential properties. There would be about eight acres of open space in the center of the park. The South end would feature a more ‘wild area’ with trees and bushes.

Bell emphasized that the City should not try to ‘go it alone’ with this project, but should enlist partners such as the Department of Transportation and Conservation Commission. He also said there will be grants available. He also said they should start with one feature at a time such as the trails. Also pointing out that as soon as the city builds an access street into the area and develops the residential section they can start selling lots which will help fund the rest of the park projects. The Council will appoint a steering committee to help them prioritize the steps to be taken

Then Heidi Brown asked the city to move forward with their part of the downtown development project. This would be an infrastructure project with a cost of about $830,000. There would be extensive street work, water main upgrades, better wheelchair and walker access and other features including new street lights. The current lights would be replaced by forty more lower level lights. The Council agreed to have their engineers begin work on this project as soon as possible.

Brown also asked the city to endorse the development of the former Pucci’s property into a downtown park. She said this project would cost about $85,000 and would be financed through a community fund raiser. The Marketing Committee has already appropriated $21,000 toward this fund.

This project also received the unanimous support of the City Council.

Her suggestion for the third phase of the downtown improvement effort is for the committee to reassess the overall project including many enhancements.

The council also approved a Tax Increment Financing Plan for the new Village Treasure Chest.

We’ll have more details on this and other news from Wednesday’s Council meeting Friday on KIWA.

 

Click Here for the Sheldon Community Park Plan

 

Sheldon Crossroads Industrial Park Preliminary Plat - Click To Zoom In