Sheldon Rendering-Update

A rendering of the proposed Crossroads Park in Sheldon.

SHELDON—The Sheldon City Council could authorize up to $300,000 to kick-start a trail at the proposed Crossroads Park on the community’s east side

The $300,000 would come from the Sheldon Trail Committee’s account. While those dollars are public they are not tax dollars; the trails committee gets its funds from donations and fundraisers.

The council will vote on the matter when it meets at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2, at the Sheldon Community Services Center.

The trails committee previously approved allocating $300,000 of its money for the Crossroads Park project and the early estimate for the trail is $550,000.

Of the $300,000, nearly $30,000 will go to Beck Engineering of Spirit Lake to provide engineering service for a 1-mile trail that would go around the pond at the center of the undeveloped 40-acre site adjacent to Crossroads Pavilion event center.

To help offset the cost, the trails committee also will pursue grants to finance the trail. The city is considering hiring Simmering-Cory of Storm Lake for grant-writing services at a cost of $70 an hour but not to exceed $1,000 per grant application.

Pending grant funding, Beck Engineering estimates the trail could go out for bid in the first quarter of 2021 and be constructed sometime that year.

Recreation trail committee members Melissa Bohrer, Linda Gude, Keith Rolston and Robbie Christians each wrote letters of support to the council as did Barry Whitsell, president and CEO of the Village Northwest Unlimited in Sheldon.

“It is not only a great addition to our rec trails but will also be a beautiful addition to the Sheldon community,” Christians wrote.

“I have been a lifelong resident of Sheldon and believe this is necessary to continue growth and development to the area and community.”

In other business, the council will consider:

  • Accepting a $2,240 Volunteer Fire Assistance Grant from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources for the Sheldon Fire Co.
  • Mayor Greg Geels’ recommendation to reappoint councilman Brad Hindt to the Northwest Iowa Area Solid Waste Agency & Recycling Center Board of Directors.
  • Jeremiah Post of Sheldon’s application to the Sheldon Fire Co.
  • A resolution to seek proposals for the western west 11th Street right of way with a deadline of noon on Feb. 1.
  • Approving plans and specifications presented by public works director Todd Uhl on street improvements.
  • Ratifying the hire of Dan Crawley of Las Cruces, NM, as a new Sheldon police officer to replace Brian Wielenga, who retired. Crawley would start at $58,129.10 and receive $7,500 for moving expenses contingent upon a four-year commitment.