Agri-Vision Visits Sioux Center City Council & Other Business

November 05, 2019 11:47am

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The Sioux Center City Council faced a large agenda at their regular meeting Monday.  Council received a report from Crystallyn Sterler and Jim Harskamp from the New Homestead.  They reported they are at 100% capacity with a waiting list of applicants; repairs and updates were made with grant money received in 2019.  Sterler is also a representative and board member for Sioux Center and Sioux County for the NW IA Regional Housing Authority. 

Cory Nelson from Sioux Center Health gave an update on the expansion project of Crown Point, Royal Meadows, and other hospital expansion plans.  The plan proposes an additional 24 assisted living apartments, 32 nursing home beds, 16 memory care assisted living apartments, as well as a medical office building.  Total project cost is $33 million with a large part coming from a USDA loan.  The rest will come from fundraising and bank loans.  Nelson reports groundbreaking next spring with completion date in 2022.

Council approved the authorization to execute a letter of intent that outlines terms to be incorporated into the final agreements between the city and a farm implement dealer on the north side of Sioux Center.  Agri-Vision is planning to locate in Sioux Center, providing between 30 and 50 new jobs.

There were no new public comments on the proposed amendments to the zoning text and Zoning map, council agreed to move to the third and final reading of the proposal.  

Council adopted amendment one to the Multi-residential Urban Revitalization Plan, and also held a public hearing for an amendment to the Multi-residential Urban Revitalization Area within the plan.  A motion to suspend the three readings for the amendment was passed and the council approved the amendment.

Utilities Director Murray Hustein presented proposed changes to the Wastewater Code, mainly adding definitions of new elements that must be tested for, and dealing with violations of certain industrial customers who have agreements with Iowa DNR on their wastewater contaminant levels.

Updated rates and hours for the All Season’s Center were approved.  Approved are small increases in membership fees for non-residents, and a decrease in membership prices for combined pool and ice memberships.  Council also approved and additional hour on Saturday’s to be open.

Council also approved the execution of the Natural Gas Service Agreement between Siouxland Energy Cooperative and the city.

Annual year-end cash transfers were also approved.

The next Sioux Center City Council meeting is scheduled for November 26 at 4pm.

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Sioux Center City Council with representatives from Agri-Vision