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BY DI STAFF | OCTOBER 22, 2014 5:00 AM

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Council OKs Wedge-lease termination

The Iowa City City Council on Tuesday voted 6-0, with Councilor Rick Dobyns absent, to approve an agreement between the city staff and the Wedge to terminate its lease for its downtown location.

The agreement to terminate the least would take place on Nov. 1. The lease was originally set to run through April 23, 2016.

— by Nick Moffitt

Council accepts wetland bid

The wetland mitigation project as part of the wastewater treatment facilities project was accepted by the City Council on a 6-0 vote.

The project was bid at $47,527 and completed by Stek Earthmoving of New Sharon, Iowa for $49,548. The council noted the project was completed with substantial accordance to the plans and specifications.

— by Nick Moffitt

Council approves Normandy Drive work

The City Council approved a resolution accepting the work for Phase 1 of the Normandy Drive landscaping project on a 6-0.

Iowa State Contractors of Ottumwa completed Phase One of the project. The project had an accepted bid of $173,765 and was completed for the exact bid received. The city engineer had originally estimated the project to cost $236,561.

The Normandy Drive Restoration Project is moving toward Phase 3, which would conclude the project to re-landscape the area and connect trails to others in City Park.

The project includes the area bought out by Community Development Block Grant program and FEMA.

— by Nick Moffitt

Council OKs Riverfront Crossings zoning

The City Council voted 6-0 to adopt the rezoning of around 26 acres of land in the Riverfront Crossings District.

The land would be zoned to new designations specific to the Riverfront Crossings District.

The new zoning would allow the land to be redeveloped for a variety of uses, including commercial and residential.

— by Nick Moffitt

Council approves urban-renewal move

The City Council voted 5-1 to approve amendment two to the Sycamore and First Avenue Urban Renewal Plan to add a proposed urban-renewal project.

Councilor Jim Throgmorton was the lone no vote, citing what he called “valid objections” to the project.

Mayor Pro-Tem Susan Mims said the city real estate is a critical piece for the city.

“I think we have a significant responsibility as council members to pay attention to all Iowa City and not on particular part,” Mims said. “I am totally supportive of this amendment.”

Any project considered by the City Council for financial assistance must first be amended to the plan. The City Council Economic Development Committee voted to recommend the project be approved by City Council on Oct. 13.

The project can now be added to the Sycamore and First Avenue Urban Renewal Plan.

— by Nick Moffitt

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