City Council briefs

BY DI STAFF | APRIL 22, 2015 5:00 AM

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Council extends PA-TV contract

The Iowa City City Council passed a resolution, 6-0 with Councilor Terry Dickens absent, to extend the term of the contract with Public Access Television Inc.

The City’s contract with PA-TV for public access and community programming was set to expire on April 30.

This resolution approves an amendment to extend the term of this contract by one month to May 31 in order to allow the City and PA-TV additional times to complete the negotiations for a new contract.

Council sets hearing for ramp work

The City Council set a public hearing of May 5 for plans, specifications, form of contract, and estimate of cost for the Iowa City parking garage maintenance programs.

The project will focus on repairs to concrete beams, floors, stair treads, and waterproofing repairs throughout the Dubuque Street ramp.

Smaller repairs to the Capitol Street ramp, Chauncey Swan ramp, and Tower Place parking ramp will also be made.

The estimated cost of the project is $402,000 and will be funded with parking revenue proceeds.

Council OKs Dubuque Road rezoning

The council approved, 6-0 with Dickens absent, first consideration for the rezoning of 4.26 acres of property from low-density single family housing to mixed use located at the northeast corner of Dubuque Road and North Dodge Street.

The Planning and Zoning Commission made a recommendation for the rezoning at their April 2 meeting. The intended purpose of the rezoning is to allow for a medical clinic to be built.

Council OKs Muscatine Avenue rezoning

The City Council approved, 6-0 with Dickens absent, an ordinance to rezone approximately 1.36 acres located at the Northwest corner of Muscatine Avenue and Scott Boulevard from low-density single family to low-density multi-family.

The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of this rezoning at the commission’s Feb. 18 meeting. The rezoning will coincide with the proposed 21-lot Silver Slope residential subdivision.

The Council approved first consideration at its March 23 meeting.

Due to an error in the publication notice and agenda the public hearing was rescheduled and held April 15, with first consideration given at that time.

Tuesday’s meeting was the second consideration of the ordinance, with the council choosing not to require a third consideration.

Council OKs food-truck amendment

The City Council voted, 6-0 with Dickens absent, to amend an ordinance on parking regulations to establish provisions for food-truck vending on city streets.

Following the food-truck pilot program in 2014, city staff recommended an amendment to City Code to allow food trucks to vend in parking stalls on City streets with a City-issued permit.

Food trucks will not be allowed to vend downtown as defined by the ordinance, within 150 feet of a restaurant, or in any residential zone.

Food trucks also will not be allowed to operate within 150 feet of any University of Iowa food service operation or spots adjacent to the Pentacrest.

Additionally, the council passed a resolution establishing fees for food-truck permits. The fee is to be $1,000 per year.

— by Bill Cooney

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