From a short meeting Monday, here are a few of the highlights:
• The city received no objections, written or voiced, during a public hearing for a development agreement with Mid-States Material Handling & Fabrication, Inc. The agreement will authorize annual appropriation tax increment payments and pledge certain tax increment revenues to the payment of the agreement. The city previously pledged support for the expansion project for this company, along South B Avenue.
• The City Council members watched a video, taken by Tim Shinn, of damage that has occurred in his yard from water that has been missing an intake drain ever since a 2017 street project. The video helped council members to clearly see how the water missed the drain and caused extensive damage in Shinn’s yard. The council therefore approved plans to repair approximately 220 feet of curb and gutter and replace the storm intake frame and gate on Seventh Street, between C and D avenues, and awarded contract for the project to Milam Concrete.
• The City Council approved the purchase of new granite block marker posts for the Nevada Municipal Cemetery and awarded the contract to Nevada Monument Company. Parks and Recreation Director Tim Hansen explained that the new marker project has been something that the department has anticipated and budgeted for, but were waiting to get the roads in the cemetery done first. The new granite marker posts will replace the old wooden posts and should last forever. They will also match the granite fence posts. Hansen was glad to see the contract go to Nevada Monument. Not only did the local company give them the best pricing, Hansen said the company has a “good working relationship” with his department and often helps the department with things at no cost.
• Approval was granted for eight of the 10 Fawcett Aquatic Center’s big shade umbrellas to be replaced. The eight being replaced are the oldest and sustained quite a bit of damage from storms this season. Hansen said after looking at whether the umbrellas could be repaired, it was determined that they needed to be fully replaced at a cost of $1,325 each.
• Mayor Brett Barker announced that Burke Corporation has received approval for its proposed expansions from all governing bodies, which is good news. Now they just await their own corporate decision about whether or not Nevada will be the place for the expansion.
• Councilman Dane Nealson announced that the next Coffee for people to visit with council members and other local leaders is set for Saturday, Oct. 13, 9-10 a.m., at Farm Grounds.
• City Engineer Brandon Mickelson said that the pipeline companies have been out working at the Airport Road and Lincolnway intersection, so the city is hoping its contractor can begin work next week. The city plans to add turning lanes and widen that intersection.
• Fire Chief Ray Reynolds announced that Koester Farms has been active in removing stover from the storage sites and hauling it away. Also, Reynolds announced that the department’s new ultra high pressure firefighting unit, which will fit on one of the trucks, will be arriving by mid-October. As covered in the past, this unit will help the department put fires out faster with less water usage.
• Police Chief Ric Martinez shared that the new mobile response crisis team — CICS (Central Iowa Crisis Services), which was featured in a story in the Nevada Journal last week — has been very useful to the department recently. They are saving officer time by responding nearly every day to help with someone suffering from substance abuse or other mental/emotional issues.