Council adopts rezoning ordinance
By BROOKS TAYLOR
Mt. Pleasant News
Routine matters — rezoning, approving an engineering services agreement and a couple of initial ordinance readings — were handled by the Mt. Pleasant City Council in a brief regular meeting Wednesday evening.
The council was also told by engineer Jim Warner of Warner Engineering Associates Inc. of Mt Pleasant that work in Central Park — with the exception of finishing the lighting — is basically done.
“We haven’t done the grass seeding yet. It has been too wet and too cold to plant grass so that probably won’t be done until spring,” Warner stated.
Approximately five acres of city-owned property, located just north of Farm Credit Services of America, is now zoned general retail and service commercial. It was formerly agricultural-residential reserve land. The council passed the third reading and adopted the ordinance. At an earlier meeting, the city said it does not have any immediate plans for the land but it is a buildable lot.
The first reading was passed on an ordinance prohibiting parking on the west side of North Pine Street from East Madison to East Henry streets; on the west side of North Hamlin Street from East Monroe to East Madison streets; and on the south side of West Exchange Street from North Broadway Street to the north-south alley between North Broadway and North Lucas streets.
Request to prohibit parking on West Exchange and North Hamlin streets was made by the public works department to accommodate snow removal because of the limited width of the streets. The school district requested the change on North Pine Street because of congestion.
The council passed the first reading of an ordinance amending rental fees and charges per hour for city equipment (without an operator, an operator would be an additional charge). Rick Mullin, city public works director, said fees had not been raised for 10 years.
New hourly fee schedule is as follows:
• Sewer jet machine — $150;
• Water truck with one load of water — $125;
• Street sweeper — $150;
• Front end loader — $110;
• Backhoe — $90;
• Sewer jet machine and water truck together — $225.
An engineering services agreement with McClure Engineering to update the storm water plan for the airport was approved. The city was notified this fall by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources that the original plan created in 1993 needed updating. The council opted to go with McClure Engineering for the update because the firm has handled all of the engineering work at the airport the past six years. The cost is not to exceed $2,500.
Finally, the council:
• Approved the appointment of Christopher Cooper as a fire department reserve.
• Approved the storm water plan for the airport prepared by McClure Engineering.
• Approved the projects and debt for each of the TIF urban renewal areas (as mandated by the state).
Council members meet again in regular session Tuesday, Nov. 26, at 7 p.m. instead of the usual Wednesday night meeting date. The date is being changed because of the Thanksgiving holiday on Nov. 28.