Oskaloosa City Council Passes Golf Cart Ordinance Removal

The Oskaloosa City Council met for their regularly scheduled meeting and a study session Monday evening.

The study session involved a review and discussion of storm water utility fee calculations and updates.

Nate Willey, an engineer and technician with the Public Works Department in Oskaloosa, did a review of the prices that were being paid by non-residential properties in the city limits. Willey found that there was approximately $35,500 of additional fees that could have been collected this past year in Oskaloosa.

This study will result in 200 accounts being increased in the city, and following their notification, the changes likely will occur after January 1st, 2017. Willey said the study and update will likely occur every three or four years for adjustments.

In the regular meeting, the first item was community comments, and Brad Hodges and Dell Johnson of Fellowship Bible Church spoke about their church’s project for renovation and expansion, and urged the City Council to waive 8 of the 11 items they were given for their site plan to save on money for the project.

In the regular agenda, there was an item calling for a vote on the project, but Mayor David Krutzfeldt explained to council that it made more sense to have a study session to work out the issues with members of the church and city staff before any vote came about. This study session was agreed upon by the council, and will take place prior to the next scheduled meeting, which is May 2nd. Start time for the study session will be5 PM.

Also in the regular agenda, the council received a summary of the quarterly report from Kandis Klyn of Mahaska Community Recreation Foundation.

The council was also notified of the winning bid for the sale of General Obligation Refunding Capital Loan Notes, Series 2016, for $1.8 million. The winning bid came from Banker’s Bank in Madison, Wisconsin. This is a good deal for taxpayers, as the interest is under 2 percent.

The council also passed a resolution authorizing the redemption of outstanding loan notes from 2008, as the new notes can be paid at a lower interest rate and save the city money.

The council also removed the city ordinances regarding registration and insurance for golf carts on city streets. This was discussed at a study session a couple of weeks ago, and was accepted unanimously. There have been no citations or issues with the ordinance since it was implemented in 2011, and no member of the public was opposed to the ordinance removal.

Finally, the council formally approved the city of Oskaloosa Corridor and Wayfinding Improvement Studies, mainly on the basis of record keeping.

The next meeting of the Oskaloosa City Council is scheduled for Monday, May 2nd, at 6 PM, in Council Chambers of City Hall in Oskaloosa.


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