City council to address garages

The City Council of Webster City will consider the third reading of an amendment to a zoning ordinance pertaining to garages during its regular session tonight at 5:15 p.m.

According to a council memo from Planning Director Karla Wetzler, the recommendation from the planning and zoning committee was an effort to control the sizes of detached garages and to more clearly define where a garage can be built. The memo also included several photos of garages that are larger than the adjacent residence. The council will vote on the third reading and if passed, will adopt the ordinance.

The City Council will also discuss the change in ownership of three Brewer Creek spec homes. The three homes were constructed by Heritage Homes of Nebraska and were assembled on site by Lasco Construction Services of Ames. According to the housing project agreement, if the homes did not sell within the 180 day window, the city would buy the homes for a total cost of $609,352. The council will vote on whether to authorize the transfer of ownership and pay for the homes.

The council will also discuss a request from Deb Brown, Webster City Area Chamber of Commerce executive director, to close streets in downtown Webster City for two upcoming events. On Aug. 15, Brown is requesting the closure of Des Moines Street between Second and First streets.

The second request is for Sept. 8 when WHO-TV brings RVTV to Webster City. That event would bring the closure of Second Street between Seneca and Des Moines streets and Des Moines Street between Second and First streets.

At 5:30 p.m., the council will hold a hearing on the proposed specifications and proposed form of contract and estimate of cost for the 2014 water plant filter replacement project. The second hearing will follow immediately on the proposed 2014 water main replacement project.