City Council briefs

BY DI STAFF | MARCH 10, 2015 5:00 AM

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Council adopts fiscal 2016 budget

The Iowa City City Council on Monday adopted the operating budget for fiscal 2016. The budget will cover the period from July 1 to June 30, 2016.

The budget includes investments in residential housing, parks, trails, and “strategic plan priorities,” which focus on certain areas of the city for improvement or renovation, such as streets and sidewalks. 

Council defers Sycamore Street renovation

The City Council deferred a resolution Monday awarding the contract for the Sycamore Street to South Gilbert Street Phase One project.

The resolution is for the renovation of Sycamore Street, the future site of the new Alexander Elementary School.

The city engineer has estimated the cost at $3.2 million for the reconstruction. The resolution is deferred until the City Council meeting on March 23.

Councilors recommend Dubuque Street contract

Iowa City city councilors passed a resolution recommending that the Iowa Department of Transportation award the contract for construction of the Dubuque Street pedestrian bridge over Interstate 80 and a recreational trail project.

The council recommended Peterson Contractors Inc. of Reinbeck, Iowa, which provided an estimated cost of slightly more than $2 million.

The project will be funded through the State Recreational Trails program, the regional Surface Transportation Program, and the National Highway Performance Program.

City Hall hearing renovations set

The City Council has passed a resolution setting a public hearing on March 23 for plans, specifications, and estimate of cost for construction of a new City Hall lobby, Revenue Office, and Harvat Hall, where the City Council meets.

The project will include renovations, accessibility improvements, and two additional restrooms on the second floor.

Council votes against rezoning

The City Council voted 5-2, with Kingsley Botchway and Jim Throgmorgon opposing, against the comprehensive-plan amendment for the three blocks south of Iowa Avenue, east of Gilbert Street, and west of Van Buren Street.

At its Feb. 5 meeting, by a vote of 5-1, the Planning and Zoning Commission failed to recommend approval of the comprehensive-plan amendment, so the vote would have required a super majority of six votes to pass.

Approval would have identified the three-block area, currently owned by the government, as suitable for mixed-use development and civic uses. The three-block area would have been considered a part of Downtown District of Iowa City.

Council approves wastewater-plant demolition

The Iowa City City Council voted 6-1, with Terry Dickens opposed, to approve plans, specifications, form of contract, and estimate of cost for the North Plant salvage and demolition phase of the Iowa City wastewater-treatment plant project.

The proposed project will permanently remove structures and public facilities from the flood-prone area. The cost is estimated at $5.5 million. Iowa City will pay for the project through the use of bonds.

— by Bill Cooney

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