Pella council approves event permits

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The Pella City Council had a full agenda Tuesday night, including the approval of special event permits for several upcoming happenings.

  • The fifth annual Wine Walk was approved for downtown, scheduled for Oct. 4 from 4-8 pm.
  • The Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) trailer at the Pella Public Library from Sept. 13-21. Set up will take place on the 13th, with the trailer open for activities for children ages 3-7 Monday, Sept. 16 through Saturday, Sept. 21.
  • The Pella in Pink Run/Walk Saturday, Oct. 19. This includes a street closure of Franklin from Broadway to South Third from 7-10:30 a.m. that day.
  • In’t Veld’s Meat Market will host Meet the Artist Saturday, Oct. 12, from 3-6 p.m. Mural artist Ryan Bentzinger, who recently completed the wall facing Oost Poort alley, will be on hand.

In other council action, the final change order and acceptance of work were approved for the street and trail rehabilitation project. The change order decreased the cost of the project $41,140.83. Final cost of the project is $887,199.17.

A pair of zoning changes were made to 2134 and 2136 Idaho Drive from low-density single residential to rural residential. The property owner intends to build a new, single-family dwelling at 2134 and leave the other property open to maintain a rural feel. The first reading was approved.

The first reading of an ordinance change that would increase the number of preview menu messages for drive-through restaurants from 1 to 2 was approved. If all three readings are approved, the same will apply to menu signs at each drive through.

Council approved loan notes for $370,000 from the Iowa Finance Authority for planning and design of upgrades to the City’s sewer system. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has demanded upgrades to the system that will cost around $4.8 million. The loan above has a 0 percent interest rate, but when the City fully invests in the project, a 24 percent increase in sewer rates is expected.

The Pella Police Department intends to enter into a mutual aid agreement with Jasper County and the City of Grinnell. However, the City had to waive a conflict of interest clause with law firm Ahlers and Cooney to move it forward, as the firm represents the other entities.

Finally, council held a closed session regarding potential litigation. City Administrator Mike Nardini reports that no action was taken following the closed session.