Council OKs landfill rate increase

Monday, May 18, 2020

LE MARS — Landfill solid waste fees for collection of garbage in Le Mars will be going up July 1.

The Plymouth County Solid Waste Agency notified the City of Le Mars that rates would be increasing on July 1, 2020. The increases apply to the per capita rate and the tonnage rate.

These increases affect what the city and residents will pay. A resident’s monthly fee will increase to $13.50, as well as, the rate they pay to take items directly to the landfill. That rate will vary depending on what is taken to the landfill.

Current rate is $11 per month per resident per month for either a 35 gallon tote or a 95 gallon tote. The charge for an additional 95 gallon tote will also increase from $11 to $13.50.

Rates for solid waste/trash hauled directly to the Plymouth County Landfill will also increase.

Staff and the Public Utilities Committee recommended council approval.

Council member Ken Nelson said he thought even the $13.50 is probably a bargain compared to some other cities.

A motion to adopt the resolution to approve the recommended charges to the landfill rates was unanimously approved.

A work order with Bolton & Menk was reviewed by the council.

Work Order No. 9 to the existing Professional Services Contract with Bolton & Menk, Inc. dated Feb. 23, 2018, was reviewed. The contract involves services associated with the 150-foot runway 18/36 extension.

According to agenda information, Work Order No. 9 will provide AGIS As: Built Approach Development Services at a cost of $28,130. AGIS As: Builts are required for FAA approval of the completed runway extension.

Carl Beyers of Bolton & Menk said the FFA now requires that once the paving is done, the work needs to be certified as being built as had been set out.

Costs are eligible for FAA funding at 90/10 split, total cost is $28,130.

Council members unanimously approved the contract so the airport runway extension can be put in use.

The council also dealt with an assistance request from Northwest Real Estate LLC.

Northwest Real Estate, LLC is constructing a multi-family housing unit in Le Mars and is pursuing financial assistance for a portion of the project’s costs; and as such, is requesting approval from the City of Le Mars to submit application to the Iowa Economic Development Authority for funding through the Workforce Housing Tax Incentive Program.

The LBIC is recommending the city fulfill the local match, which is 100 percent exemption of taxes on new construction for the first seven (7) years. This represents a pass-through grant and the estimated tax exemption amount of $350,229 over the seven (7) year period.

City Administrator Jason Vacura said the council has done such agreements in the past, and the city’s commitment has always been the tax exemption.

In November 2019, the council approved three additional years of the seven years of a tax rebate.

“At that time the justification was the Workforce Housing Incentives were not available. They stopped giving the money as it wasn’t being funded,” Vacura said. “In that agreement, there is a clause in there if the developer did ever apply for additional moneys and they received money, it would get subtracted from years 8, 9 and 10, of what the city would give him back. Adam (Brown) is aware of that.”

At the time Brown wanted to start the project, the state program was depleted of funding, thus if he receives funding, it will be less due to the fact that his project is started and more complete than just getting started, according to Vacura.

The council adopted the resolution to approve the Workforce Housing Tax Incentive Program application to Iowa Economic Development Authority for the construction of a multi-family housing unit by Northwest Real Estate LLC.

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