Highway 75, Heritage Village, Indoor Turf Facilities, Subjects of City Council Meeting

July 20, 2021 3:45pm

Larry Te Grotenhuis With Heritage Village Concept

Larry Te Grotenhuis explains Heritage Village concept

The Sioux Center City Council saw concept plans for the proposed indoor turf facility to be constructed near Dordt University at the current Heritage Village site.  Representatives from Dordt University discussed some details of plans including the two companies they are looking at to construct the facility.  The concept shows a 470-foot by 250-foot air-inflated dome connected to an 8,000 square foot “head end” building, which will face 7th Street NE and serve as the entrance to the facility.


Council also saw a concept plan for moving Heritage Village to Tower Fields.  The Heritage Village Board has been meeting with design firm Confluence since May and brought a draft of a concept to the council this week.  Heritage Village Board President, Larry Te Grotenhuis, says the concept viewed by the council doesn’t completely satisfy the design vision of the board, and are still working to refine it.  Plans include incorporating the new Heritage Village location into the Sioux Center trail system as well as keeping the small playground already located there.


The city council received this report and approved applying for an Enhance Iowa – Community Attraction and Tourism Grant for this project. The city has previously sought CAT Grant dollars for local projects including Terrace View Events Center, the Sioux Center Public Library, and the All Seasons Center.


Highway 75 Prelim Design Concept

Council also received a report from Trent Bruce from DGR who is working on the Highway 75 project.  Trent reports the DOT has received the preliminary design and has had time to review it.  The next step is for the DOT to start public meetings for obtaining right of way property along the highway.  Bruce reports there are 119 parcels of land the DOT is looking to acquire for the project, the parcels measure from a couple hundred square feet to full lots.  Bruce noted the preliminary design submitted to the DOT includes a stop light at the intersection of Highway 75 and 20th St. S., and that the DOT has not responded negatively to that detail at this point.


In other business, Lee Mellema and Dan Clousing were appointed to the New Homestead Low Rent Housing Agency Board; the council approved making the part-time position of Recreation Coordinator into a full-time position; approved the purchase of two new pickups, a new police vehicle, and a new pay-loader.


Council also approved an amendment to update the Urban Renewal Plan so certain monies can be used to help finance the indoor turf facility, the move of Heritage Village, and for development of ground for New Tec to re-locate to the community.