Developer seeks to build apartment complex

Economic development director Dennis Dokter asked the Sioux Center City Council at its Tuesday, March 17, meeting to consider vacating a utility easement between two lots on 12th Street Northeast.

SIOUX CENTER—The Sioux Center City Council set 4 p.m. Monday, April 6, for a public hearing to consider vacating a utility easement between two lots on 12th Street Northeast south of Link Manufacturing in Sioux Center.

Economic development director Dennis Dokter told the council at its Tuesday, March 17, meeting that the property easement is located between lots one and two in Industrial Park C.

Dokter said developers of the property are asking the city consider vacating the utility easement so they can build an apartment complex close to or over the existing lot line.

Dokter said if vacating the utility is approved, it would be included as part of the sale agreement. Sioux Center Land Development owns the two lots totaling 3.23 acres.

Appraisal complete

The city council also approved a closure and reinvestment plan for the former Sioux Center Municipal Airport as part of the requirements of the Federal Aviation Administration.

The documentation has been completed. The reinvestment is based on the appraisal process of the former airport. The proceeds from the closure plan need to be committed to the new Sioux County Regional Airport.

The final appraisal of the former Sioux Center Municipal Airport came in at $989,552, which breaks down to paying the regional airport a total of $197,910.40 each year for five years.

City manager Scott Wynja said, however, that this payment can include $185,000 the city of Sioux Center is already paying per year to the regional airport.

As a result, the city need only add $12,910.40 toward its payment to the airport for the next five years to fulfill the FFA’s requirements.

Other matters

In other matters Tuesday, March 17, the city council:

  • Approved the proposed fiscal year 2020-21 budget, which set the tax rate on Sioux Center property at $11.256 per $1,000 of assessed valuation — a decrease of 0.7 percent from last year’s rate.
  • Approved allowing the Sioux Center Hockey Association to apply for a mini grant through the Lyon County Riverboat Foundation. The association needed approval from the government agency who owns the Vernon Ice Arena at the All Seasons Center. The association seeks to apply for a mini grant to support the purchase of Squirt goalie gear and jerseys.
  • Approved submitting a FAST Act application for funding street projects. Sioux Center is eligible for funds to be used on federal functionally classified streets due to the fact the community has a population of more than 5,000. The application submitted would be for 2024 resurfacing projects that include several sections of Fourth Avenue Northeast/Southeast, three blocks of Second Street Southeast and most of Second Avenue Southeast. The total cost of the project is estimated to be $908,000 with the city being responsible for $363,000 and the balance of $544,800 coming from FAST Act funding. These numbers may be adjusted due to that fact that these projects compete against other projects in nine counties. The program is through the Iowa Department of Transportation and administered by the Northwest Iowa Planning & Development Commission.
  • Approved Lorn Wielenga for permanent employment status with commensurate salary increase. Wielenga was hired by the city’s electric department and completed his probationary period.
  • Approved hiring Zachary Boneschans of Sioux Center to fill a the water distribution technician position.