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BY DI STAFF | JUNE 17, 2015 5:00 AM

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Council moves on several fronts

The Iowa City City Council met Tuesday night and took the following actions.

• The City Council voted 6-0, with Councilor Rick Dobyns absent, to approve a resolution supporting the implementation of a community-ID program by Johnson County. The resolution expresses Iowa City’s support of the program and commits $6,000 towards its implementation.

• The councilors voted 6-0 to recommend removing the parking covenant that is instituted on an undeveloped portion of property located at 7 S. Linn St. The covenant covers part of the property currently owned by Bruegger’s Bagels. Removal of the covenant will allow sale of the portion of property to Kevin Monson and development to begin at the location.

• The council voted 6-0 to consider a proposed development agreement to construct mixed use-project on the intersection of Linn and Court Streets consisting of two buildings housing a hotel, office and retail space, and apartments with the construction cost of approximately $74 million. The council set a public hearing on the resolution for July 27.

• On a vote of 6-0, the council passed an ordinance amending Title 14 of the City Code that establishes new height standards for hospitals located in commercial office zones. The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended the ordinance by a vote of 7-0 at its May 7 meeting.

• The council approved 6-0 a resolution providing TIF funding of $976,277 for construction of 28 townhomes on Dubuque Street in the Riverfront Crossings District. Three of the townhomes will be sold to an affordable-housing provider to be rented by households at 80 percent of median income in the area.

— by Shafin Khan

Woman charged with theft

Authorities have accused a Davenport woman of stealing from Dillards.

Marzell Gray, 21, was charged Monday with second-degree theft.

According to police reports, the total amount of stolen goods is more than $1,000 but does not exceed $10,000.

Second-degree theft is a Class-D felony.

IC man faces drug charge

Authorities have accused an Iowa City man of possessing marijuana.

Rodney Silliman, 21, was charged Monday with controlled-substance violation with the intent to deliver.

According to the Iowa City police, Silliman unlawfully manufactured, delivered, or possessed up to 50 kilograms of marijuana.

Controlled-substance violation is a Class-D felony.

Man faces burglary, assault charges

Authorities have accused a man of robbing a Villa Garden apartment and intentionally causing harm to a person.

James Smith, 23, was charged June 4 with first-degree burglary and two counts of assault causing injury.

According to Iowa City police, Smith robbed the apartment at 5:11 p.m. on June 4.

He also allegedly caused bodily injury to someone at the scene.First-degree burglary is a Class-B felony.

— by Allie Biscupski


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