From the City Council MeetingWritten by Theresa Rose on August 25, 2016
Two Mt. Pleasant residents are interested in creating housing. Ryan Matheny and Tony Fedler have a plan to create 24 market rate rental units in Linden Heights. Last night the Mt. Pleasant City Council authorized the Mayor to sign an application to apply for a million dollar low interest loan from the Iowa Department of Economic Development to create this multi family housing project. The State has established a new program with four and a half million dollars for these type of projects. The city has to apply for the 1% loan on behalf of the developer. The money is then paid back to the city over 20 years.
A motion to hire Steffes Auction and Realty to market and sell the current city hall at auction was postponed. City Adm Brent Schleisman said they weren’t quite ready to put that to a council vote. The city offices will move to the second floor of the public library civic center. The Mt. Pleasant School district offices have moved out of the space. Schleisman is currently working on getting phone and computer systems set up and a few items have been moved. He hopes all the offices will soon be set up in the new location but wasn’t sure when exactly that might be.
The council passed a motion to allow Calvary Baptist Church to set two posts in the city right of way so they can install gates at the east drive to open and close off the church parking lot.
Not as much patching had to be done on Mapleleaf Drive so the council approved a change order decreasing the project by $4,309. City Engineer Jim Warner told the council Mapleaf is 80 to 90 percent done from Lincoln to Cherry. The Harvey Drive intersection isn’t quite finished and crews continue to pour concrete from Harvey east to Iris. Asphalt work planned for some other streets in town is still on hold. The crew doing the work was supposed to be here in July.