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The Mount Ayr City Council polished off a short agenda in under 30 minutes Monday evening. With an agenda that mostly approving what had been already decided at previous meetings, little new ground was broken.
The council did hear from Jeremy Rounds of the South Central Iowa Council of Goverments (SICOG) about the city applying for a CDBG grant.
The presentation by Rounds served as the public hearing for the grant application which seeks state funding of $25,000 from the Iowa Economic Development Authority, with a $3,750 city match, to prepare a larger request for implementation of at Neighborhood Revitalization program.
The program, which the city determined will cover an area of downtown Mount Ayr and surrounding areas, would include up to 200 homes in the city.
The need for the project was determined through extensive planning activities, public comments and is greatly needed for a strong future of the area. If that grant is funded, that application can be used to apply for larger grants to implement the plan.
The council did say one of the major components of the plan was the need for more housing in the city, especially quality rental options.
With City Administrator Brent Wise absent, City Clerk Amanda Cannon gave a brief update on several items.
Cannon said warranty road work is being done on Cleveland Street; the new zoning ordinance continues to move forward in the process; both garbage trucks are in the process of being repaired currently; and the Pool CAT Grant has been submitted.
In other action:
• Approved Mayor Steve Fetty’s appointment of Meridith Dredge, Lynn Wallace and Donna Watson to the library boards.
• Approved Tax Increment Financing Certification forms.
• Approved a tax abatement application by Carme Lilienthal.
• Approved the final commpletion and acceptance for a CDBG Rehabilitation Project for 505 East Adams Street, 304 East Adams Street and 800 North Taylor Street.
•Approved a Class C Retail Alcohol License Renewal for The Gold Mine Saloon.
• Approved treasurers report and submitted claims.