Bike rodeo

An obstacle course was part of the Sheldon Public Library bike rodeo last year. The event returns on June 5 and the library is requesting more room for the bike rodeo.

SHELDON—The Sheldon Public Library is hoping to roundup some more participants for its annual bike rodeo on June 5 and is asking the Sheldon City Council for more space for the event.

After a hiatus, youth library director Annie McCabe and library director Nicole Weber brought back the bike rodeo last summer and had about 80 participants. The rodeo took place in about one-third of the Sheldon Community Services Center parking lot.

This time McCabe and Weber are asking the council at the meeting Wednesday, May 17, at 4:30 p.m. at the Community Services Center for more space to hold the second bike rodeo.

They are asking to block off an extra row of the Community Services Center 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m. on Monday, June 5. All ADA accessible parking spaces, the path to the recycling container and the path along the city building would all remain open.

“The space is slightly larger than last year’s,” said McCabe in a memo to the council. “Last year the stations were quite crowded and it was confusing for the children to figure out where to go and to avoid walking or biking to other stations.”

The library teamed with the Sheldon Police Department and the Sheldon Community Ambulance Team last June to put on the bike rodeo.

The rodeo had multiple stations for participants. One station had a volunteer show basic bike maintenance and another tested the bike’s brakes. A Sheldon Police Department officer taught kids how to safely the street and SCAT members fitted new helmets on children. The end of the rodeo features an obstacle course ended the circuit.

There were about 80 participants for the rodeo and 21 bicycles were registered with the city in case of loss or theft.

“The feedback from the community about this event was overwhelming positive,” McCabe said. “It is great to see our kids out biking during the summer and we’re proud to be able to help them do that more safely.”

This year’s bike rodeo will start at 5:30 p.m. Monday, June 5. It will again feature a variety of activities focused on fun and safety for bike riders. Bikes, trikes and scooters are all welcome and family and children are encouraged to wear their helmets. SCAT will help fit helmets for kids.

Last year there were 16 volunteers for the event and the library is looking for additional volunteers for the rodeo.

Other items on the council’s agenda today include:

  • A contract for development and minimum assessment agreement with Country View Construction.
  • Support a Workforce Housing Tax Credit application for Jackrabbit Properties as 321 Ninth St.
  • Approve an application for voluntary annexation of 8.08 acres of two parcels north of the Highway 60 expressway interchange and Second Avenue and rezone the two parcels from agricultural to arterial commercial.
  • Hold a public hearing and first reading for the adoption of the proposed changes to the city’s code of ordinances.
  • Hold a public hearing on a budget amendment for the 2022-23 fiscal year.
  • Approve change order No. 1 for $1,111 and pay estimate No. 1 for the Crossroads Trail portion of the Sheldon Recreational Trail for $121,225.32.
  • Accept the resignation of Jett Korver from the Sheldon Airport Commission.
  • Approve an Iowa Department of Transportation grant application for the north hanger upgrade and American with Disabilities Act improvements for the Sheldon Regional Airport.
  • Approve a resolution for Sheldon Public Library credit card authorized users.
  • Approve liquor license renewals for Casey’s General Store and Hy-Vee Fast & Fresh.
  • Approve Change order No. 3 for the Lewis & Clark Regional Water Project for $1,090.43.