Bond contract OK’d

The Webster City City Council met Monday night to hear a presentation by Baird Company concerning the bond purchase agreement.

“As you’ll recall back in mid-May, the council authorized the issuance of bonds to fund the East and West Second Street Projects,” said Paul Baird of Baird Company. “The finance plan called for bond issue with a final maturity in 2029. One of the overall objectives of that management finance plan was to wrap the new bond issue, the debt service requirement of the new bond issue, around your existing debt service requirement to maintain and not exceed your fiscal 2016 total debt service levy.”

According to Baird, the total borrowing amount is $4,590,000. The project fund is $4,623,515. The closing date would be June 29.

The bond purchase agreement providing for the issuance of general obligation corporate purpose bonds, Series 2016A and providing for the levy of taxes to pay the same was approved.

A request for a fireworks permit for the Webster City Chamber of Commerce for July 2, 2016 at the high school field was approved by the council.

Webster City Area Chamber of Commerce Director Deb Brown was present to explain why the fireworks are being held.

“The Webster City Area Chamber of Commerce has proudly accepted a request from Bob Van Diest to organize fireworks on July 2 to recognize Van Diest Supply Company being in business for 60 years,” said Brown. “It is Bob’s wish that the fireworks be hosted in a location where the entire Webster City community can easily access the fireworks for viewing as a way to say thank you to the community that has been a part of Van Diest Supply Company for the past 60 years.

The high school ball diamonds were chosen as the shooting area. All three ball diamonds will be blocked off for the safety of the viewers. The practice football field will be the best viewing location, she said. Fireworks will start at 10 p.m. on Saturday, July 2.

A request from Marty and Nathaniel Parkhill concerning their property at 1503 First St.was brought to the council’s attention.

A dwelling in disrepair at the 1503 First St. address was given an unsafe building notice this spring, along with 25 other properties., according to Jared Ruby, city building inspector. A garage that was built in 2013 also sits on the property. The garage was only able to be built on that property on the condition that a dwelling be on the property first. A garage without a dwelling, or livable residence, is unable to stay on a city property itself. This is in accordance with city ordinances, he said.

“The house had to be occupied in order to have an accessory structure. In talking with the Parkhills, it was agreed upon that they would have to fix the house up to be lived in,” said Ruby. “The garage was built and nothing was done with the house. We’ve talked over the years about getting something worked on and done. There was an agreement put together that in conjunction with finishing their garage, they would also fix the house up and occupy it.”

The Parkhills expressed concern about fixing up the house as Nathaniel has plans to tear down the house and build a new one in its place in the near future.

“It’s not feasible to restore the house,” said Marty Parkhill. “The last six months Nathaniel has looked at floor plans, he’s decided on a house, he’s started getting quotes for material to build a new house. We’re still getting more quotes. We’ve got to work on financing to build it.”

Councilman Jim Talbot cautioned Marty and Nathaniel Parkhill to get an action plan in writing to help all parties involved.

“Let’s have an action plan and document, document, document,” said Talbot.

“I would like to see a little bit more specifics. What I mean by that is, we’re three years out. We’re talking about demolition not starting for another year and it doesn’t specify when completion of the new structure has to be done. We could really be dragging it out and it’s been an extended period of time at this point as it is,” said Councilman Matt McKinney.

“I understand these things take time,” said Councilman Logan Welch. “I also understand ordinances need to be upheld and we all need to be on the same page. I think this is getting us on the same page. I don’t want this to be something we’re dealing with four or five years down the road. The deadlines have to be hard.”

After a lengthy discussion, it was decided to come up with an accelerated plan of when different parts of tear-down and construction would take place. The Parkhills were instructed to work towards a realistic time frame of all construction goals by the next council meeting, which is scheduled for June 20 at 5:30 p.m.

The resignation of Devin West from the Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission was accepted.

The third reading of a proposed ordinance amending Chapters 141 and 198 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Webster City, Iowa, 1996, pertaining to permit fees for the 2016, 2017, and 2018 was approved. The ordinance was passed and adopted in a second motion.

A public hearing to enter into a five year agreement between the Iowa Department of Transportation and the City of Webster City for maintenance and repair of primary roads in municipalities will be held on Monday, June 20 at 5:45 p.m.

The council made a motion to continue the City Scene publication in Our Hometown, a monthly publication of the Daily Freeman-Journal.

A resolution authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to enter into Amendment Number One to the Water Quality Initiative Urban Conservation Demonstration Projects Grant Contract for the project, known as the Riverside Park Stormwater Wetlands, with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship was approved.

A resolution authorizing entering into Amendment Number Three to the Engineering Agreement with Snyder and Associates, Inc., Ankeny, for engineering services in connection with the East Second Street Improvement Project for the sidewalk installation along the West side of Superior Street was approved.

An increase in contract amount of $54,510.10 to the East Second Street Improvement Project with Wick’s Construction Inc., of Decorah, was approved.

The council approved a request from the Hamilton County Fair Board for community support and will give the board $1,000. The money will come out of the general fund.

A request by Snyder Engineering to change the staging on the East Second Street Improvement Project from three to two stages was approved.