Fair Meadow urban renewal plan OK’d

At Monday’s regular meeting of the Webster City City Council, the council approved an Urban renewal Plan and project for the 2013 Fairmeadow Urban Renewal Area.

After a public hearing, City Manager Ed Sadler said the resolution to declare necessity and establish the urban renewal area and approving the project were the first steps for the project. It will encompass the eight acre parcel of land north of Fair Meadow Dr. and west of Superior St.

The first reading of a proposed ordinance for the division of taxes levied on taxable property in the urban renewal area was also heard at the meeting. Sadler said another hearing will likely be held during the Aug. 5 Council meeting.

The council also approved a request from Mike Wiemann, owner of Critter Nation in Webster City, to block off about 10 parking stalls in front of the store on Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wiemann will use the space to bring in several race cars to promote the Lucas Oil Late Models and United States Modified Touring Series that will appear at the Hamilton County Speedway on Wednesday. Wiemann sponsors several cars that compete at the Speedway.

During the time for petitions, communications and requests, Webster City resident Karen Camp addressed the council on the matter of her neighbor’s lawn. Camp addressed the council last month, and her neighbor, located at 1005 Division St., has since mowed the front lawn by the occupant, but has not mowed the back area of his lawn. A contractor was hired by the city to mow the backyard, but the contractor refused the mow the area which contained tree limbs and other debris. Camp asked why the council had not yet taken action.

“We do have some legal procedures we have to follow,” Councilman Jerry Kloberdanz said. “We just can’t go in and do what we want.”

Kloberdanz also said the cost of mowing the lawn will be assessed to the property owner, and not to the taxpayers of Webster City. City Attorney Gary Groves said that if the occupant does not comply, the city will file a municipal infraction which will be filed today. The fine is $750 if the occupant does not comply, and that fine increases to $1,000 if he does not comply after the first order. After that, Groves said the occupant can be found in contempt of court, and can face jail time.

The council also approved a resolution for reduction of interest rate for sewer revenue bond, set the Aug. 5 City Council meeting to discuss a development agreement with Webster City Federal Savings Bank including annual appropriation tax increment payments and approved a request from the Webster City Chamber of Commerce to close a section of downtown for “Crazy Day” on July 27.

Additionally, Groves said he plans to start giving a city attorney update to the council at the first meeting of every month.