City Council Receives Report on Heritage Village Move

October 28, 2021 11:21am

Hv Final Rendering

The Sioux center city council met for regular business Wednesday afternoon.  The first agenda item was a report from the Heritage Village Board on the progress of moving the village.  Board President Larry TeGrotenhuis told the board that more than 800 children attended this year’s Harvest Festival held in September, and that board has decided to hold the festival already next year despite the move.  He also reported that the board is in partnership with Leadership Sioux Center, working on the four key areas of marketing, programs, museum development, and the future of Heritage Village.  Board member Monty Prins informed the council that footings have been poured for several of the buildings already at the new site at Tower Fields.  Board member Jon Scholten gave a brief report on the status of the trees at the current Heritage Village site.  In consultation with Greenworld, 33 of the more than 100 trees should be able to be moved, the Memorial trees that cannot be moved will be cut and the lumber preserved for memorial purposes. 


City Manager Scott Wynja read a letter from Dordt University President Dr. Erik Hoekstra giving support for the project, committing support in the form a $5,000 gift to help with the moving expenses of the Kuhl house that Dordt donated to Heritage Village, and an additional $20,000 gift to help with tree moving and replacement expenses.


The council approved a reimbursement resolution required to borrow funds for three projects; they are the water tower construction, purchase of property north of Children's Park, and the replacement of a lift station located near Team Realty.  It is intended that the city will seek grants and other contributions to reduce the amount of borrowing for these projects.


The council also approved a gift amount to support Dordt University’s current capital campaign.  A contract for a development agreement will be completed that details the projects and the retention and creation of jobs the projects Dordt is persuing that benefit the community.  The city is committing a total of $2.25 M to the campaign, noting the contribution is for the portion of the projects pertaining to enhancement of Sioux Center, job creations, and economic benefits to the community.


Council also approved a $20 per acre rent increase for crop-land the city owns and rents, and a $5 per acre increase for pasture-land.


Utility Manager Murray Hulstein gave an update on natural gas prices, stating the wholesale prices are increasing at an accelerated pace, now at $7.  He stated the city is in a 5-year contract with a locked in price for gas at less than $3, warning that the city continues to purchase gas in small increments to beef up supply not knowing how the heating season will turn out. 

Council also ratified the hiring of Emma Rathbun as Administrative Assistant at the All Seasons Center, and approved the engineer's statement of completion of utility work on 3rd St. NW by Farmer's Coop Society so payment can be made on that project.