by Steve Peterson
Hawarden councilors on Nov. 28 unanimously approved two Urban Renewal Tax Revenue Fund agreements.
Councilors approved a resolution obligating funds of Urban Renewal Tax Revenue for Bomgaars Inc. The amount this year was for $27,870, and the agreement lasts from 2008 to 2017, said Hawarden City Administrator Gary Tucker.
Also unanimously approved was a resolution obligating funds of Urban Renewal Tax Revenue annual amount for Plasticology LLC. The amount for this year was $21,000, and 2013 is the final year of the agreement, said Tucker.
“They were designed to be economic development tools which were used for business enhancement in the community. They are done on an annual appropriation basis so it does not count against our General Obligation debt capacity,” said Tucker. “The (Tax Incremental Financing) area is the downtown area where the money is being spent.”
In other city business:
• Councilor Patty Anderson was mayor pro-tem in Mayor Ric Porter’s absence.
• Councilors approved by a 4-1 vote a resolution authorizing an internal advance to Tax Increment Fund Revenue A. Councilor Monte Harvey voted no.
“In the downtown business district, we have assisted with some facade improvements and interior grants and loans. All this does is allow us to make an internal advance so you can discuss this during budget process,” said Tucker.
• Approved by a 5-0 vote a resolution approving a contract for firm electric service from Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) from 2021 to 2051. The city was the 32nd city of 59 to approve the agreement.
History Books Available
“Hawarden 125th History Books will be in this week. We’re hoping to have them on sale at the Festival of Trees (Dec. 7 – 8). If you pre-ordered, that will go through the committee. They will also be available at City Offices,” said Councilor Tim Kurth.
“There is a 125th Celebration Wine Tasting at 6:30 p.m. at Hawarden Community Center, and we have tickets for them. They are $30 each. That will go toward the electric sign on the corner of 10th and Central Avenue.
“I’d like to thank the electric crew for their efforts in installing the holiday lights and decorations. They did a great job,” said Tucker.
“We also continue to do the overhead wiring project to move the electric lines underground in the southeast portion of the community. We look forward to beginning the second half of Phase I in the Spring which will include the downtown business district and areas west of Central Avenue,” said Tucker.
Carbon Monoxide Detectors Available Now
“With the heating season starting and furnaces running like they are, please consider getting a Carbon Monoxide detector. If you can’t afford one we would be happy to come out and check your house if you think you have a problem,” said Hawarden Public Works Director Tom Kane.