Employee Shuffling and Urban Revitalization, Subjects of Council Meeting

July 16, 2019 4:49pm

The Sioux Center City Council met in regular session over the noon hour Tuesday.  Council heard a request from the gallery for more land and wider access to the yard waste dump site in town citing the growth in population and landscape vehicles and trailers using the area.  Utilities Manager Murray Hulstein assured the individual that the discussion to do something has already started.

In other council matters, since Adam Fedders was promoted to Assistant Utilities Manager, his vacancy needed to be filled.   After receiving and reviewing resumes, Murray Hulstein recommended to the council the hiring of Ezra Weikert, a current Lineman for the city of Sioux Center to fill Fedders’ vacancy.  Murray also recommended to council, Tony Weatherman fill the Gas Department position left vacant by Alex Frankl who was approved to fill the wastewater position.  All recommendations were approved.

Council then continued their discussion on the subject of an Urban Renewal Project for multi-family housing units in Sioux Center.  Assistant City Manager Dennis Dokter clarified with the council, that multi-family units are defined by the Sioux County Assessor as a structure with three or more single family units.  Assistant City Manager Dennis Dokter lead the discussion which centered on three main objectives; the first is deciding whether a need for such housing exists in Sioux Center, which council unanimously agreed there was.  City Manager, Scott Wynja commented on that need after talking about how Sioux Center has done well in providing incentivized single family dwellings

The second objective is determining the area.  Sioux Center Land Development was approved in 2018 to purchase 6 acres along 13th Ave. SE and 20th St. SE for the purpose of developing multi-family units, so the council decided this would be the site, other sites may be added.  The third objective was to set the incentive.  Since this is a state run program offering tax incentives, the city will abide by state rules.  After discussion, the council decided on a five-year program with 100% tax abatement opportunity for these units.  A motion was made and approved on the site and incentive.  Work could begin at the site as early as this fall if all the parts fall into place in the time frame mandated by the state of Iowa.