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AUGUST

MIDAS Technical Assistance

Calhoun County:
County - Met with Supervisors to assist in conducting the public hearing required for adopting two tax abatement plans for commercial purposes.
Farnhamville - Discussed employee performance evaluations with City Clerk.
Lake City - Answered a question posed by City Administrator regarding TIF. Provided City Administrator with written narrative on the roles of the Planning and Zoning Commission and Board of Adjustment in zoning enforcement.
Manson - Administrative assistance to administer a CDBG Housing Rehabilitation Program.
Pomeroy - Provided a City Councilperson with information on city-wide tax abatement for housing.
Rockwell City - Provided administrative assistance to administer a CDBG infrastructure program.
Somers - Prepared narrative for two tax abatement plans, one for commercial, and one for residential purposes.

Hamilton County:
County - Discussed status of tax increment plan with Supervisor.
Blairsburg - Considered a request for a MIDAS loan for housing purposes.
Ellsworth - Inquired into status of funding alternatives to facility a Pure Soy business- 
Kamrar - Provided administrative assistance to administer a CDBG infrastructure program.
Randall - Discussed with an official funding alternatives to develop a master plan, cost estimates, and implementation strategy for a bike/hiking trail to Story City. 
Stratford - Offered a MIDAS housing revolving loan for housing purposes to Athens Woods Estates.
Webster City - Discussed the status of several projects with Economic Development Director. Conducted on behalf of Economic Development Director a 30 mile population analysis for Webster City.

Humboldt County:
County - Participated in meetings of RIVER Committee.
Bradgate - Discussed legal methods to fill elected official vacancies with the City Clerk.
Gilmore City - Provided administrative assistance to administer a CDBG infrastructure program.
Humboldt - Provided final touches to an amendment to an existing TIF Plan. Provided technical assistance with preparation of a REAP grant. Met with representatives from the City and a private company to discuss a CEBA industrial location incentive grant.

Pocahontas County:
County - Discussed with Economic Development Director potential avenues to proceed with improving Lizard Lake. Met with Lizard Lake planning committee to discuss strategy.
Fonda - Discussed with City Clerk the potential for applying for housing rehabilitation assistance.
Laurens - Provided administrative assistance to administer a CDBG infrastructure program. Provided administrative assistance to administer an EDSA grant program. Discussed zoning issues with City Intern. Discussed LMI survey with intern for a CDBG infrastructure grant application.
Palmer - Assistance to administer a CDBG program. 
Pocahontas - Provided administrative assistance to administer a CDBG sanitary sewer infrastructure program. Provided administrative assistance for a CDBG storm sewer infrastructure program. Began research for updating a Comprehensive Plan, including mapping the existing land use pattern of the community. Met with Economic Development Director initiatives. 
Rolfe - Researched possible funding sources for new police cars. Discussed with City Administrator criteria for a REAP grant.

Webster County:
County - Provided administrative assistance to administer a CDBG program for rural water. Coordinated monthly meeting of City/County Coordination Group. 
Dayton - Provided administrative assistance to administer a CDBG water infrastructure program. Administrative assistance to administer a CDBG storm sewer infrastructure program.
Fort Dodge - Coordinated monthly meeting of City/County Coordination Group. Met with city officials and EDA to review potential grant options to extend a sewer line to an industrial area.
Gowrie - Administrative assistance to administer a CDBG infrastructure program. 
Moorland - Administrative assistance to administer a CDBG infrastructure program. 

Wright County:
Belmond - Assistance to administer a CDBG for Housing Rehabilitation. Accepted application from a citizen to the MIDAS economic development revolving loan fund.
Clarion - Assistance to administer a CDBG for Housing Rehabilitation. 
Dows - 
Eagle Grove - Assistance to administer a CDBG for Housing Rehabilitation. Discussed parking/zoning issues with City Official. 
Goldfield - Ongoing assistance with preparation of an updated Municipal Code of Ordinances

Regional Benefit:
  • Hosted meeting of six-county supervisors.
  • Attended meeting of Mid Iowa Growth Partnership and provided treasurer services.
  • Participated in meeting of National Rural Development Partnership.
  • Participated in meeting of Iowa Rural Development Council.


MIDAS Executive Committee Meeting of Wednesday, August 17th, 2005

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 of Meeting of July 20, 2005

3.        Subcommittee reports

4.        Roundtable of issues from members

5.        Next meeting on September 21, 2005

6.        Adjournment


Subcommittees to the MIDAS Executive Committee

Budget and Administration Subcommittee

Membership: Stan Watne, Floyd Magnusson, Wes Sweedler, Harlan Hansen, Wilbur Ekstrand, Gerald Thomas, and Dennis Bowman

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

 

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Transit Subcommittee

Membership: 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.

 

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Planning Subcommittee

Membership: Vicky Boyington, Lee Ann Waltzing, Vince Triggs, Merle Chamberlain, James Crean, Catherine Bergman, Bob Hudson, David Boswell, Jane Burleson, and Wayne Jackson

Meeting Place and Time: Sandstone Inn (300 Central Avenue, Fort Dodge, Iowa) at 6:00 P.M.

 

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For those desiring to attend these meetings, but require special accommodations please contact 515-576-7183 Extension 209.

 



Fort Dodge Awarded Funds

The City of Fort Dodge was notified that it will receive a $300,000 appropriation for the redevelopment of the Lincoln Neighborhood. This allocation will be packaged with a similar allocation of $450,000 for this project from last year's legislative process. These appropriations were substantially through the efforts of Senator Tom Harkin and his staff and Fort Dodge officials who visited Washington DC over the past two years. 


Executive Committee Minutes of July 20th, 2005

1.        Treasurer Sweedler called the meeting to order at 6:35 P.M. A quorum was present.


Executive Committee Present Staff/Visitors:

Wes Sweedler - Hamilton County Steve Hoesel

Jack DeWolf - Pocahontas County Shirley Helgevold

Vince Triggs - Pocahontas County ED

Harlan Hansen - Humboldt County

Jane Burleson-Regional Representative

Larry Hood - Calhoun County

Gerald Thomas - Calhoun County ED

Stan Watne - Wright County

Dennis Bowman - Wright County Alt.

Ryan Heiar - Wright County Alt.

Absent or Excused Members/Alternates

Floyd Magnusson - Webster County

James Crean - Webster County ED

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

Darrell Rusher -Humboldt County Cities

David Boswell - Humboldt County ED

Wilbur Ekstrand - Pocahontas County Cities

Vicky Boyington - Wright County ED

LeeAnn Waltzing - Wright County Cities

Catherine Bergman - Hamilton County ED

Bob Hudson - Hamilton County Cities

Wayne Jackson - Hamilton County Alternate

Merle Chamberlain - Calhoun County Cities


2.        Motion by Hood, second by Watne to approve the agenda. Ayes All - Motion Carried.


3.        Motion by DeWolf, second by Watne to approve the minutes of the June 15th, 2005 Executive Committee Meeting and to ratify action taken by less than a quorum at that meeting. Ayes All - Motion Carried.


4.        Motion by Watne, second by Bowman to nominate the following individuals as MIDAS officers for FY06 and that a unanimous ballot be cast for same: Chairperson - Harlan Hansen; Vice Chairperson - Larry Hood; Treasurer -Wesley Sweedler; Secretary - Catherine Bergman. . Ayes All - Motion Carried.


5.        Administration and Budget Committee Report:

¨     Motion by Thomas, second by DeWolf to accept and place on file the June financial report including Sections 01/02/03/04 checks 22498 to 22710, and Section 07 check 1167. Ayes All - Motion Carried.

¨     Hoesel reported that the Agency's Auditor (Tim Anderson Company) will be at the MIDAS Office in late August to complete audit field work. Hoesel's estimate is that the agency finished the fiscal year with an approximate $20,000 to $30,000 positive balance, depending upon final audit accruals.

¨     Motion by Watne, second by Thomas to authorize the replacement of departing Planner I Ryan Moffatt. The process will include a selection process to be coordinated by Shirley Helgevold, interviews to be coordinated by Shirley and to include at least one board member, and permission to offer employment to the selected individual at a salary within the range established for the position and within accepted norms. Ayes All - Motion Carried.


6.        Planning Committee Report:

¨     Motion by Bowman, second by Sweedler to authorize the following planning services contracts. Ayes All - Motion Carried.

1.        CDBG Housing Rehabilitation administrative services agreement with the City of Eagle Grove to include inspection services at a not to exceed price of $60,000;

2.        Joint Planning Services Agreement with IDOT (06RPA-05 - 07913) in an amount of $46,539.


7.        Transit Committee report by Weldon:

¨     Motion Hood, second by Burleson to authorize a ride subsidy agreement with the Elderbridge Agency on Aging (E4608) in an amount of $35,500. Ayes All - Motion Carried.

¨     Motion by DeWolf, second by Hood to recommend to the City of Fort Dodge that it approve IDOT Contract STA-FORM-269-FY06 in an amount of $189,703 to provide sate transit assistance for DART. Ayes All - Motion Carried.

¨     Motion by Bowman, second by Watne to recommend to the City of Fort Dodge that it approve IDOT Contract 18-4027-269-06 in an amount of $146,036 to provide federal operating assistance to DART. Ayes All - Motion Carried.

¨     Motion by Sweedler, second by Thomas to accept an IDOT state transit assistance contract (STA-FORM-050-FY06) in an amount of $294,91. Ayes All - Motion Carried.

¨     Motion by DeWolf, Second by Triggs to accept an IDOT federal transit assistance contract (18-4027-050-06) in an amount of $140,835. Ayes All - Motion Carried.

¨     Motion by Watne, second by Bowman to offer a transit assistance contract and vehicle lease agreement to Wright County. Ayes All - Motion Carried.

¨     Motion by Hood, second by Watne to authorize an IDOT contract amendment to Contract 07509 in an increased amount of $372,029 to provide 75% of the cost of completing the ITS program. Ayes All - Motion Carried.

¨     Motion by Watne, second by Thomas to authorize a contract amendment with Route Match to authorize purchase of the final items to complete the ITS program in an amount of $315,735. Ayes All - Motion Carried.


8.        Dennis Bowman provided a brief update of the Mid Iowa Growth Partnership and its work plan for the immediate future. A heavy emphasis will be on value-added agriculture, with initial ventures centering around dairies and use of DDGs from the Ethanol plants.


9.        After a roundtable discussion the staff was directed to solicit from MIDAS members a list of equipment and services that could be shared between local governments. The staff is to determine an appropriate method to post this list to the MIDAS web site and then maintain it on a regular basis.


10.     Motion by Watne, second by Triggs to adjourn the meeting at 7:35 P.M. Ayes all - Motion Carried.


Respectfully submitted for Secretary Catherine Bergman by staff member Stephen F. Hoesel.



"Over a Cola"

Why Regions:. Some of you have been following the formation of the Mid Iowa Growth Partnership (MIGP), a nine county economic development consortium for Northcentral Iowa. Why Regions? The quick and simple answer is that MIGP is a direct response to a rapidly changing world economic climate in which communities are no longer in competition with their neighbors, but now compete worldwide. Global trading zones are forming by default (sometimes across national boundaries) because of worldwide competition and the “Region” has emerged as the core of these zones. World agricultural markets do not care about a petty dispute between Humboldt and Clarion, but are very interested in an industrial/agricultural venture that is considering locating in either Iowa or Brazil. As MIGP pursues regional development of agricultural value-added industrial products, worldwide marketing of those products, and the participation of international financiers, communities within.

Particularly for Northcentral Iowa, where agricultural products are the primary economic engine, regional marketing and development must be accomplished in order to remain competitive in a world market that includes the Ukraine, Brazil, Argentina, China, Europe, and a host of others. For Northcentral Iowa, world competition is rapidly dictating that “commodity agriculture” is no longer feasible as an economic engine and innovative proposals to shift to value-added ventures are critical. These shifts are costly and not every community will be able to afford the price of participation. The likely scenario is for communities within a Region to participate collectively to develop, fund, and operate value-added industrial clusters. This concept will force communities/counties to: 1) pursue collective visioning to develop leadership to consider regional issues; 2) cooperate in future land use planning to determine the ideal sites for the value-added clusters and accompanying infrastructure of housing, recreation, commercial, etc.; 3) actively pursue through collective ventures costly quality of life amenities to encourage young families to move back to the area; and 4) think about collaborative regional governance. It will be all about governance - how do we interact with each other in ways that have not yet been developed. Does that mean that cities and counties will be consolidated - not necessarily, but it does mean that cities and counties will be cooperating with each other through ventures to provide services and amenities. If they do not, they will be left behind in the world competition with nobody to blame but themselves.