Hansen, George to take oath of office today at council meeting

Published: Monday, Nov. 18, 2013 11:13 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Nov. 18, 2013 11:14 a.m. CDT

Mayor Mike Hansen and Evelyn George are set to take oath of office tonight at the Newton City Council meeting.

The council will have a presentation with an update on the city’s comprehensive plan from United Way. The consent agenda begins with Palmas Bar and Grill seeking approval on a Class C liquor license approving outdoor service.

The council will be approving a resolution to be reappointed to serve as representative to the Central Iowa Regional Housing Authority, the term of representation last for three years. The council will be looking at Urban Renewal giving authorization to be certified and decertified as TIF indebtedness. The annual Urban Renewal Report will be covered for approval.

The council will have the resolutions to levy and fix the amounts that will be assessed against individual private properties for the abatement of the nuisance violations. Price quotes for prohibited sanitary sewer discharge removal work will be on the agenda for approval.

Three ordinances will be in consideration for the city council tonight. The second consideration of an ordinance amending Sections 1.0506 and 1.0507 of the City of Newton Code of Ordinances regarding the boundaries of North Central Urban Renewal Area in the city.

The expansion would enable TIF funds to be utilized in the expanded area, which includes the Jasper County Courthouse square area, for projects such as street lighting, streetscaping, and façade improvements. The North Central Urban Renewal Plan was adopted as an amendment during the Oct. 7 city council meeting.

The next ordinance being looked at is for the installation of new stop signs at the intersections of East 19th Street North and North Fourth and North Eighth Avenue East. A change to the ordinance was prepared by the Traffic Safety Committee and presented to the council at the direction of Hansen.

At the Oct. 7 city council meeting, the approval of an amendment to the Prairie Fire Urban Renewal Plan stated the area would be merged into the adjacent Speedway Urban Renewal Area as a sub-area plan. The deadline to complete the merger is Dec. 1. The staff is recommending to waive the second and third readings and adopt the ordinance this month.

A resolution claiming less than the maximum allowable revenue from the North Central, Plant Two, and Southwest Newton Tax Increment Financial Districts for fiscal year 2014-2015. The council will be making a resolution authorizing the sale of property located in the Fountain Hill Estates in Newton. The city has offered free developed lots to spur development in the stalled Fountain Hills subdivision. A proposal from a West Des Moines developer has been received and is being finalized for action to transfer the lots.

The council will be discussing Thunder Nites, American Legion, and Action Plan Goal D. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. tonight in the Newton City Hall Council Chambers.

Staff writer Zach Johnson may be contacted at (641) 792-3121, ext. 425, or at zjohnson@newtondailynews.com.

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