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Council takes ‘first step’ on adding housing in MP

Aug 10, 2017

By Brooks Taylor, Mt. Pleasant News


Mayor Steve Brimhall termed it “the first big step,” a step that will lead others to follow suit.

Mt. Pleasant City Council members approved the site plan for two 12-plex apartment buildings (the project is the Heather Estates) to be built on East Linden Drive. The complex will have one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments.

The apartment complex is part of a new state program to provide housing for working Iowans. A $1M state loan at 1-percent interest will help finance the project.

It is no secret that Mt. Pleasant has been yearning for more housing for years. Brimhall said that building the first such project “hopefully will get the process started.”

Jack Swarm, city planning and zoning administrator, said the developers plan to start turning dirt next week.

“It is designed to create housing for the workforce,” remarked City Administrator Brent Schleisman. “People who make over 125 percent of the county’s median will not be eligible (to rent the apartments).” Schleisman said projected monthly rent costs are $750 for a three-bedroom apartment; $650 for a two-bedroom apartment; and $500 for a one-bedroom apartment.

The city is borrowing money — a bunch of money — to finance improvements to the wastewater plant and the sewer system. Some of the improvements are mandated by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Council members, during their regular meeting Wednesday, approved borrowing $5.1 million for the work. “The best thing about these loans is that they are just 2-percent interest.”

Much of Wednesday’s agenda centered on monetary matters. The council sold a residential vacant lot at 401 S. Jefferson St. for $7,730 (assessed value of the lot) to Betty Hornaday. Hornaday plans to build a new home on the lot and one of the conditions of the sale is the house must be built in two years.

Sanitary sewer rates will increase by 30 cents per 1,000 gallons used for each of the next six years. The current rate is $5.30 per 1,000 gallons used and the rate will jump to $7.10 per 1,000 gallons used by July 1, 2023. A first reading of the ordinance increasing the rates was approved at the last council meeting, and council members approved the second reading yesterday and waived the third reading. The ordinance will be effective following publication in the Mt. Pleasant News.

In other agenda matters, the council:

• Approved a change order on the air piping project at the wastewater plant, reducing the cost of the project by $12,400.

• Approved the biannual inspection of four city bridges that the city is required by the Iowa Department of Transportation to inspect. Cost of the inspection is $1,280.

• Accepted a proposal of $24,650 from Wesley Barton Construction for the connection of the recreational trail at the intersection of West Washington and Iris streets.

Council members meet again in regular session Wednesday, Aug. 23, at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall.

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