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August 20, 2013

City revisits 28E amendment request


An item that was removed from the agenda at the Aug. 5 Oskaloosa City Council meeting was looked at during Monday night's meeting.

The item on the agenda Monday was to consider a resolution denying the request by Mahaska County to amend the agreement pursuant to Chapter 28E, Iowa code, between the city of Oskaloosa, city of Pella and Mahaska County for the joint acquisition, construction, equipping, use, expansion and operation of an airport facility.

A motion to deny the request was approved.

Before the vote came down, several individuals, including Mahaska County Supervisor Mike Vander Molen, spoke during the community comments portion of Monday's meeting.

An e-mail from the Federal Aviation Administration, which mentions eminent domain, was discussed at Monday's meeting, with Tim Van Maanen, of Leighton, and City Councilman Doug Yates providing differing interpretations of it.

According to the agenda item's explanation for the Aug. 19 meeting, “On July 15, 2013, the Mahaska County Supervisors passed Resolution No. 2013-07-05 requesting an amendment to the 28E Agreement between the three parties. In summary, Mahaska County has requested the use of eminent domain, or 'condemnation' be removed from the Agreement. Any amendment to the 28E Agreement requires approval of all three entities to become effective.”

In other business, the council:

• Approved a request from the Oskaloosa High School Student Council for the Homecoming Parade.

• Approved the second reading of an ordinance to vacate and sell 60 feet by 16 ½ feet of the north-south public alley adjacent to 835 S. Second Street.

• Approved a resolution scheduling a public hearing to amend the zoning ordinance of the city of Oskaloosa by rezoning the property located at 214 Highway 432 from Mixed Use Urban Corridor with A Avenue Commercial Corridor Overlay (UC/AV) District to General Commercial (GC) District.

• Approved a resolution approving the award of contract for the C Avenue East and North Third Street Pavement Rehabilitation Project to Norris Asphalt, and authorizing the city manager to utilize an additional 10 percent for project contingency.

• Approved a resolution approving an amendment to the agreement for sanitary sewer construction.

• Approved a motion approving Change Order No. 1 for a net increase of $15,925 to the total project cost for the West Area Sanitary Sewer Improvements Project to Delong Construction, Inc.


Herald City Editor Andy Goodell can be reached at news2@oskyherald.com.

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