THE MIDAS TOUCH‎ > ‎2002‎ > ‎

DECEMBER

The Midas Touch
Monthly Newsletter of the MIDAS Council of Governments
602 1st Avenue South, Fort Dodge, Iowa 50501
Phone (515) 576-7183 FAX (515)576-7184

December, 2002

DNR Mobile Education Trailer

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has a new educational tool that can be reserved to come to your town. The Department has constructed a mobile trailer complete with attractive displays that outline the need/issues to community recycling. The display features Barbara and Aldo, electronic tour guides who lead visitors down an adventure showing a variety of information focusing on the solid waste and energy issues facing your community. Recycling issues are included for the agricultural, residential, business, and government sectors.
DNR invites Communities/Counties to submit applications to request use of the trailer. There is no cost to the applicant, but a security deposit is required that will be refunded after the completion of the display within your community. Please contact Amy Klopfenstein at 515-281-0649 to obtain an application. The next application date is March 3, 2003 for the April to September 2003 time period.

Wright County Receives RISE Funds

MIDAS assisted with an application by Wright County to request RISE funds from IDOT to assist in locating a new Sparboe Farms facility near Vincent. IDOT will provide the County with approximately $167,900 to assist in constructing 2,500 lf of concrete paving to extend an existing concrete road to the entrance to a new industrial location. Sparboe will be creating approximately 50 new FTEs.
MIDAS does not assist with may RISE applications, but the program is highly effective and quite fundable when requested. The success rate is near 100%. The primary applicant requirement is a new or expanding industry to qualify for road improvements needed to assist in the industrial acquisition/location.

Three Housing Applications Submitted

MIDAS staff is assisting the following communities prepare and submit applications for Housing Rehabilitation Assistance from the CDBG Program administered by the Iowa Department of Economic Development:
  • Dayton - $283,992 to rehabilitate eight owner-occupied homes. The program will package upon a successfully completed similar program. The City will contribute $8,000 of City Funds to the program.
  • Clarion - $353,990 to rehabilitate ten owner-occupied homes. The program will package upon a successfully completed similar program. The City will contribute $5,000 of City Funds to the program.
  • Farnhamville - $348,990 to rehabilitate ten owner-occupied homes. The program will package upon a successfully completed similar program. The City will contribute $10,000 of City Funds to the program.

Rural America's Lack of Venture Capital

The Fall 2002 issue of Ventures, the newsletter of the Community Development Venture Capital Alliance, describes a research project analyzing the geographic dispersion of traditional venture capital across the country. The lack of traditional venture capital in rural America is shown clearly. Information from this project was featured in a Wall Street Journal article as well. To read the complete story, go to http://www.cdvca.org/venturesFall2002.html - traditional . For more on the importance of nontraditional venture capital in rural America, you can download the final report of the Rural Policy Research Institute's Rural Equity Capital Initiative including case studies by going to http://www.rupri.org/pubs/archive/reports/P2001-11/index.html>.

MIDAS Fee Schedule for Technical Assistance

In January 2002 MIDAS initiated a user fee schedule to assist in underwriting the cost of various Technical Assistance services offered to its members. The Executive Committee's decision to implement User Fees was made to limit the later need to raise dues to all members and corresponds with practices of most Sister Agencies. Last summer the user fee schedule was updated to incorporate more current data. The MIDAS Local Assistance Manager monitors staff time to complete various tasks and then recommends adjustments to the MIDAS Executive Committee with the intent to have service fees provide approximately 25% of the cost to provide the service. The remaining 75% of the cost is supported by IDED COG Assistance (State), EDA Technical Assistance Planning Funds (Federal) and local dues (Local). The following table is published for your use. Any questions can be referred to Shirley Helgevold at 515-576-8183-212 or Steve Hoesel at 515-576-7183-211. The staff can also provide the names of the MIDAS Executive Committee members if you wish to express an alternative funding concept for their consideration.

Service FEE TO MIDAS Member
Codification $ 425.00
Comprehensive Plan (<2,000 population) $ 800.00
Comprehensive Plan (2,000 - 5,000 population) $ 1,600.00
Job Descriptions (per description) $ 25.00
Land Use Component/Exsisting Plan (<2000 population) $ 325.00
Land Use Component/Existing Plan (2,000 - 5,000 population) $ 975.00
Personnel Manual $ 225.00
Subdivision Ordinance $ 500.00
Tiff Plans/Urban Renewal Plan $ 900.00
Urban Revitaslization Plan/Tax Abatement $ 500.00
Zoning Ordinance (<2,000 population) $ 800.00
Zoning Ordinance (2,000 - 5,000 population) $ 1,600.00
Grant Applications
CDBG Community Facilities & Services Preapplication $ 200.00
CDBG Community Facilities & Services Full Application $ 275.00
CDBG Water/Sewer Preapplication $ 200.00
CDBG Water/Sewer Full Application $ 275.00
Housing Fund $ 350.00
SRF - Wastewater Application $ 275.00
SRF - Water Application $ 275.00
Historic Site Preservation Grant $ 225.00
LAWCON (Land and Water Conservation Fund) $ 225.00
Local Law Enforcement Program $ 75.00
RACI $ 175.00
REAP $ 275.00


If the application is not funded there will be no charge to the applicant. (A pre-application that is invited to submit a full application will be charged the pre-application grant writing fee.) If the applicant does not notify MIDAS of grant writing requests at least four weeks prior to the grant deadline, the refund will not be allowed.

* Contracts for grant applications and other projects not falling into the above categories will be negotiated based on the anticipated time commitment and MIDAS' applicable hourly rate.

The above fees are based on the current rate of $45/hour.

Microenterprise Development

The Association for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO) has announced a new web resource, Successful Practices in Rural Microenterprise Development. The information on the site was generated from AEO's series of learning clusters related to microenterprise. You can access this information by visiting http://www.microenterpriseworks.org/services/ruraldevelopment/index.htm .

“Over a Cola”

GIS: Geographic Information System (GIS) technology provides significant advantages for organizations to further economic and community development in their region by providing an attractive and easy source of data to local governments and the public. MIDAS uses the Archview program that permits the importing of a variety of prepared data files from state, federal, and local sources. An example is a topography file from DNR, a road centerline file from IDOT, a soil file from USDA, and a data file of farms under manure management plans from DNR that becomes one map showing where in Humboldt County DNR has permitted manure to be applied to farmland and on what slope. This and other examples become valuable as a County begins to comment toward the new confinement location matrix. A second example is a download of four-lane highways in Iowa from DNR and then asking the computer to buffer those highways with a ten mile radius. The result is physical evidence of the lack of quality highways in Northwest Iowa that Floyd Magnusson and Buck Boekelman then use to lobby IDOT for Highway 20 improvements. As Counties improve their mapping systems through digitizing and computerization of data files the potential for greater use of data to the public will be greatly enhanced. The next issue for MIDAS is to determine how and when to post various charts, graphs, and maps to an internet site that is available to the public. This process (what information should be posted and how do we pay for its generation) may well become one of the most important issues the staff and Executive Committee will debate over the next several years. It is also a very exciting time to be associated with Planning as the new GIS tool greatly simplifies our jobs. Again, we try to keep up with technology to maintain low cost quality service to our governments.
The Latest Humph: The Mandarin in Ames is one of the finest Chinese Restaurant in the Midwest, and one that the Hoesel family has traditionally visited after attending the annual All-State Concert 11 of the last 12 years. Our Eighth Grader, Aliese, announced that it was her most favorite Chinese Restaurant and it was a shame that we could not go there more often. The fatherly response I gave her - “This is a special reward for all the hard work and dedication it takes to become an all state choral student - work hard and maybe we will be back again next year.” The response of a teenager as she went around the doorway in indignation - Humph - Parents. I could only think - will either she or I be around next November to visit the Mandarin! ! ! ! I am too old to live with another teenager.

MIDAS Technical Assistance


Calhoun County:
Farnhamville - Prepared CDBG Housing fund full application.
Lohrville - Prepared CDBG Infrastructure Full Application.
Manson - Ongoing administrative assistance to administer a CDBG Housing Rehabilitation Program.
Pomeroy - Ongoing assistance to administer a CDBG Housing Rehabilitation Program. Discussed with City Officials MIDAS assistance to prepare a Comprehensive Plan and revised Zoning Ordinance.
Rockwell City - Ongoing assistance to administer a CDBG Housing Rehabilitation Program.

Hamilton County:
County - Ongoing assistance to prepare a Hazard Mitigation Plan. Discussed Wind Farm funding with a developer contact.
Stanhope - Ongoing assistance to administer a CDBG program for sanitary sewer improvements. Discussed with City Clerk possible applications and grant/loan sources for a new community center/library complex.
Webster City - Ongoing assistance to administer a CDBG program for construction of a community day care center.

Humboldt County:
County - Discussed confinement issues with Zoning Administrator.
Dakota City - Received amendments to urban area maps for IDOT.
Humboldt - Received amendments to urban area maps for IDOT.
Rutland - Met with City Council to discuss CDBG application for water improvements.

Pocahontas County:
County - Ongoing assistance with preparing a Hazard Mitigation Plan. Met with planning committee to prepare a Smart Growth Plan. Provided model Nuisance Abatement Plan and Ordinance to Zoning Administrator.
Fonda - Prepared for the City a full CDBG Infrastructure Application.
Havelock - Ongoing assistance to administer a CDBG program.
Palmer - Ongoing assistance to administer a CBDG program to construct a sanitary sewage collection and treatment facility.
Pocahontas - Ongoing assistance with preparing a Hazard Mitigation Plan. Prepared CDBG Water/Sewer fund full application.

Webster County:
County - Ongoing assistance with preparing a Hazard Mitigation Plan. Ongoing assistance to administer a CDBG program. Attended monthly city/county think tank meeting.
Dayton - Ongoing assistance with a CDBG program for sanitary sewer improvements. Prepared for City a CDBG Infrastructure application. Prepared for City a CDBG Housing Fund Application. Discussed zoning with City Council.
Fort Dodge - Attended monthly city/county think tank meeting. Gave presentation on statistics to Community Action Network.
Gowrie - Prepared CDBG Infrastructure Full Application.
Harcourt - Discussed details with a local developer about using the MIDAS housing revolving loan fund.
Moorland - Prepared CDBG Water/Sewer full application.

Wright County:
County -Ongoing assistance with preparing a Hazard Mitigation Plan. Discussed Wind Farm funding with a developer contact.
Clarion - Ongoing assistance with preparing a Hazard Mitigation Plan. Prepare for City CDBG Housing Application.
Eagle Grove - Ongoing assistance to administer a CDBG Housing Rehabilitation Program.
Rowan - Prepared for the City a full CDBG Community Facilities Application.

Regional Benefit:
  • Participated in meetings of the National Rural Development Partnership and the Iowa Rural Development Council.
  • Assisted U.S. 20 Highway Association.
  • Provided assistance to Mid Iowa Economic Development Corporation.
  • Attended monthly meeting of Prairie Rivers RC&D.
  • Attended ISAC Meeting.
  • Hosted City Clerks/City Administrators Meeting.
  • Attended Census Workshop at State Library
  • Attended planning meeting for Mid-Iowa Community Development Conference

Rural Community Resource Available

"Creating Healthy Communities - The Process of Community Discovery,” is a publication by Larry Dickerson, Extension Specialist with the University of Alaska Fairbanks College of Rural Alaska. This manual presents a unique methodology and holistic approach for working with rural communities on their development efforts and long-term capacity building. The process of community discovery is a way for communities to take an in-depth look at themselves and plan their own future.
Alaska Rural Development Council and the US Department of Forestry were co-sponsors on this publication and its implementation in several rural Alaska communities. The manuals are now available at $7.00 a copy and can be ordered from Ron York, Mgr. Distribution, Cooperative Extension Service, P.O. Box 756180, Fairbanks, AK 99775 Email: fnrdy@uaf.edu

MIDAS EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

December 18th, 2002

 

Subcommittees to the MIDAS Executive Committee

Budget and Administration Subcommittee

Membership: Stan Watne, Jim Howard, Floyd Magnusson, Bob Villier, David Young, Wilbur Ekstrand, Gerald Thomas, and Dennis Bowman

Meeting Place and Time: MIDAS Conference Room (602 1st Avenue South) at 5:30 P.M.

 

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Transit Administration Subcommittee

Membership: Vicky Boyington, Darrell Rusher, Jack DeWolf, Larry Hood, Buck Boekelman, Sharon Perry, Ike Nelson, and Ryan Heiar

Meeting Place and Time: DART Conference Room (530 1st Avenue South) at 5:30 P.M.

 

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Planning Subcommittee

Subcommittee Membership: Skip Martin, LeeAnn Waltzing, Harlan Hansen, Vince Triggs, Merle Chamberlain, Catherine Bergman/Jan Bullock, and Bob Hudson

Meeting Place and Time: Sandstone Inn (300 Central Avenue, Fort Dodge, Iowa) at 5:30 P.M.

 

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

 

Full Membership Meeting of the MIDAS Executive Committee

Meeting Place and Time: Sandstone Inn (300 Central Avenue, Fort Dodge, Iowa) at 6:30 P.M.

A G E N D A

1.        Approve Agenda

2.        Minutes from September 18th Meeting

3.        Subcommittee reports and items submitted for approval

4.        Issues of the membership

5.        Next meeting date of January 15, 2003

6.        Adjournment

 

For those desiring to attend this meeting, but require special accommodations please contact 515-576-7183 Extension 212.

 


Executive Committee Minutes of October 16th, 2002


1.        Chairperson Watne called the meeting to order at 6:33 P.M. A quorum was present.

Executive Committee Present Staff/Visitors:

LeeAnn Waltzing - Wright County Cities Steve Hoesel

Stan Watne - Wright County Shirley Helgevold

Dennis Bowman Wright Co. Alt. Cliff Weldon

Vicky Boyington - Wright County ED Sharon Porter

Vince Triggs - Pocahontas County ED Skip Elliott

Jack DeWolf - Pocahontas County

Catherine Bergman - Hamilton County ED

Jim Howard - Humboldt County ED

Harlan Hansen - Humboldt County

Darrell Rusher -Humboldt County Cities

Merle Chamberlain - Calhoun County Cities

Larry Hood - Calhoun County

Absent or Excused Members/Alternates

V.H. "Buck" Boekelman - Webster County Cities

Floyd Magnusson - Webster County

Skip Martin - Webster County ED

Wilbur Ekstrand - Pocahontas County Cities

David Young - Hamilton County

Bob Hudson - Hamilton County Cities

Gerald Thomas - Calhoun County ED

2.        Motion by Bowman second by Boyington to approve the agenda. Ayes All - Motion Carried.

3.        Motion by Hood, second by Triggs to approve the minutes of the September 18th meeting. Ayes All - Motion Carried.

4.        Helgevold reported from the Planning Committee:

¨        Motion by Hansen, second by Howard to authorize amending a technical assistance contract with the City of Pomeroy to shift funds (no new money) from administration to project funds to permit inspection costs for an additional house to be rehabilitated. Ayes All - Motion Carried.

¨        Motion by Triggs, second by Waltzing to establish a policy clarification that will eliminate rebates of grant writing fees in instances where the applicant requests staff assistance less than four weeks prior to the grant deadline. Currently grant writing fees are rebated to unsuccessful applicants applying for a group of larger grant programs of IDED, DNR, and IFA. Ayes All - Motion Carried.

¨        Motion by Boyington, second by DeWolf to authorize the following Resolution: Ayes All - Motion Carried.

Resolution

WHEREAS, the Northern Great Plains Regional Authority was established in the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act; and

WHEREAS, the purpose of the Authority is to assist areas experiencing high rates of poverty, unemployment, and Outmigration in the States of Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota; and

WHEREAS, the structure would appear to support the utilization of existing planning districts as was done in the Appalachian and Delta Regional Authorities; and

WHEREAS, the Authority's authorizing legislation states that local development districts shall operate as the lead organization for the purposes of providing multi-jurisdictional planning, technical assistance, and leadership and civic development assistance; and

WHEREAS, the terminology used to describe a local development district includes a typical planning district's governing board make-up of at least 50% local government representation (which the Iowa Councils of Governments have by legislation); and

WHEREAS, the planning and development districts are established regional organizations with extensive experience in providing multi-jurisdictional planning, technical assistance, and leadership and civic development assistance to local governmental entities.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT The MIDAS Council of Governments Executive Committee supports the formation of the Northern Great Plains Regional Authority; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT The MIDAS Council of Governments Executive Committee supports the recognition of the State of Iowa's Councils of Governments to serve as the local development districts responsible for operating as the lead organizations for the Northern Great Plains Regional Authority.

5.        Weldon presented the Transit Committee report.

¨        Weldon introduced Sharon Porter, who is being trained to replace Mary Ann Johnson who will be retiring in December.

¨        Weldon announced that a 20th birthday celebration will be held for DART on November 4th and all Executive Committee members are invited to help serve food at the central transfer point at 9th and Central in Fort Dodge.

¨        Motion by Hood, second by Hansen to authorize a service contract between DART and RTA. Ayes All - Motion Carried.

¨        Motion by Boyington, second by Waltzing to authorize a service contract between RTA and Wright County to. Ayes All - Motion Carried.

¨        Motion by DeWolf, second by Bowman to authorize a vehicle lease agreement between RTA and Wright County to. Ayes All - Motion Carried.

6.        Hoesel presented the report of the Administration and Budget Committee:

¨        Motion by Howard, second by Boyington to accept and place on file for Audit the September financial report including Sections 01/02/03/04 checks 17673 to 18718, and Section 06 check 1064. Ayes All - Motion Carried.

¨        Motion by Chamberlain, second by Hood to write-off invoice numbers: 102180, 100952, 100988, 101379, 101463, 101832, 101894, and 102047. All are absorbed overruns on planning projects. Ayes All - Motion Carried.

7.        The consensus was to cancel the November meeting.

8.        Other items discussed were:

¨        HIPPA and uncertainty over the issues and solutions. ISAC is stepping-up with training, information, etc. Watne will still plan on organizing a six county meeting in late October.

¨        Progress toward forming the Mid Iowa Economic Development Corporation and its work program was outlined.

9.        Motion by Triggs, second by Hood to adjourn the meeting at 7:40 P.M. Ayes all - Motion Carried.

Respectfully submitted for Secretary David Young by staff member Stephen F. Hoesel