Ready for RVTV

At Monday’s meeting of the Webster City City Council, Webster City Chamber Director Deb Brown reported on the Chamber’s activity and what to expect for upcoming local events.

Brown said that 24 new Chamber members were brought on during the time of the report, which ranged from March to August this year.

“I think it’s important that people know who I am and what we hope to do at the chamber and it’s been fruitful,” Brown said. “We’ve had a good time meeting with people.”

In addition to discussing many of the Chambers new programs, including a business incubator program and an Ireland travel event, Brown gave an update on RVTV coming to Webster City on Sept. 11.

The RVTV event, hosted by WHO TV Channel 13, is hosted in accordance with the Iowa versus Iowa State football game. The event will include areas for tailgating on Des Moines Street, Doodlebug races, a four-way tug-of-war contest for children and adults, music and a performance from The Dance Connection for entertainment, a chili cook-off, fire pits to cook smores and a kid zone with spin art, face painting, a coloring contest and a football toss.

For the event, the council approved a request from Brown to close Second Street from Willson to Des Moines streets, and Des Moines Street from First Street to the half block north of Second Street from noon to 10:30 p.m.

“We hope the whole community comes out, and the whole county,” Brown said. “It would be awesome.”

In other business, the council approved a resolution establishing a nuisance at the property located at 715 Oak Street and ordering the abatement of the nuisance within 30 days. City Manager Ed Sadler said the property has been on their radar for some time, and they should take action on it. Mayor Janet Adams said the house on the property has also been damaged by flooding. The house also has foundation damage.

City attorney Gary Groves said the property, which has new owners since the council first looked at it, said he spoke to the attorney of the property owner and gave Groves the reasons why there has been such a delay in refurbishing the unsafe house on the property.

“Because of the timeframe, I think we have to go ahead and say that it has to be done in 30 days and see what evolves,” Groves said. “It’s been delayed for nearly a year, and I think it’s time. The sale has been completed, there’s some title problems with the land. The title problems have caused the delay. My suggestion was whoever the buyer is, or the seller, you better fix it because it’s going to have to be fixed no matter if the sale falls through or if it goes through.”

Groves said the attorney may come in and ask for deferment, but still recommended that the council take action.

In other matters, the council voted to set Sept. 16 at 7:15 p.m. for a public hearing on designation of the expanded Webster City Residential Urban Renewal Area B and on an urban renewal plan amendment to add the Red Bull subdivision.

The council also voted to authorize an internal advance of wastewater funds for a sewer relocation project, authorized the Mayor and City Clerk to enter a contract for construction of the Brewer Creek Housing project and considered re-landscaping the front of City Hall after discussing a note sent from the Pride Committee.

The council will meet next Monday for a work session.