The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

September 19, 2013

LED lights on display at Autumn Fest

By Jan Huffman Herald Correspondent
The Clinton Herald

---- — DEWITT — New LED lights will light up Lincoln Park for Friday’s Autumn Fest, City Administrator Steve Lindner told the DeWitt City Council this week. The new lighting has been funded through the Alliant Hometown Rewards Program.

The council approved the required annual Iowa Department of Transportation street finance report. Spending on street maintenance, construction and equipment used was listed as $4,154,586 with revenue at $4,827,728. With carryover balance, total funds available were $6,902,850 for an ending balance of $2,748,264.

The council approved a development agreement with RLR Enterprises for development of four lots in Cresseys subdivision located on 17th Avenue. Tires ‘N More intends to use the property for a new service and retail store. The developer, the city and the county assessor have worked together to ensure that the four lots can be combined into a single parcel without additional legal procedures.

If in the future, the lots are divided, a subdivision is required. Infrastructure has already been installed.

The first readings of a number of amendments to the city’s code of ordinances were approved. The amendment to the ordinance regarding snow removal clarifies that vehicles are not to be parked on city streets during a snowfall and that signs need not be posted to that effect. Accumulating snow indicates that vehicles need to be removed. This does not apply to the business area where signs need to be erected.

The ordinance relating to solid waste containers and their location was amended to reflect the now standardized waste containers that are now put on the line or on the edge of the roadway and thus on the city’s right-of-way.

A third amendment repeals a previous no-longer applicable ordinance that requires outside remote registers for meter reading. There are no longer any outside remote readers.

The final ordinance amendment pertains to lien exemptions. The amendment extends to commercial rental properties that the lien exemptions that are now given for residential property. Landlords must provide the city with written notice that their tenants are responsible for the water charges. The amended ordinance follows state code.

Reserve police officers Megan Goodall, Loren Knudson, Todd Malone and Jeff Wartgow were approved to carry weapons, in this case OC spray-a type of pepper spray, after approval by the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy. They have all passed the required training but prior approval by the city is required.

A lien of $395 against 910 12th Ave. was released because the money was received through the state’s income offset program. The lien was for delinquent water and sewer bills.

The council approved a temporary street closure for Central High School’s homecoming parade on Oct. 3 and the purchase of a retired community sign by Grace Lutheran Camp Board for $100.

Lindner told the council more detailed shed provisions were needed for the city’s zoning regulations. Rules that are currently enforced are not all in writing and any additional ones should be included. Presently structures larger than 12 feet by 10 feet need a permit with a maximum size of 12 feet by 18 feet and are allowed in rear yards.

Setback requirements are usually five feet from the property line and eight feet from the principal building. A written policy is needed to define sheds, determine when permits are needed and decide how many sheds can be on a residential lot.