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OCTOBER

Grant Opportunities for Counties

REAP/HRDP Historic Preservation Site Grants and Historical Resource Development Program Grants: If your courthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places the county is eligible to apply for funds from the State Historical Society of Iowa and the Department of Cultural Affairs for renovation/restoration. The grants are generally small and are for specific historic preservation purposes. For information please access http://www.iowahistory.org/preservation/index.html or call Shirley Helgevold at MIDAS at 515-576-7183-212.

GIS Grants: In partnership with ESRI, the maker of the popular ArcView GIS software, NACO provides small grants to counties to enter into or improve their GIS services. For additional information access http://www.naco.org/ or Shirley Helgevold at MIDAS at 515-576-7183-212. Shirley recently wrote a successful grant for Wright County. 


Meeting Notification

Iowa Central Community College will be hosting two conferences this fall of interest to local economic and community development officials. Please contact Jim Kersten at 515-576-0099-2232 or Jim Patton at 515-576-2119 for information and registration information. Because the lunch sessions with speakers have limited space available and are expected to fill-up quickly please contact Mr. Kersten or Mr. Patton if you have not registered before the conference date. 

Value Added Ag and Sustainable Energy - On October 10th between 9:00 and 12:00 A.M. at the ACE Building. Senator Grassley will keynote a discussion on Iowa, US, and World Energy-Where We Are and Where We Should Go. Senator Grassley is the ranking member of the Senate Subcommittee that recently completed the “Energy Bill.”

USDA and its Vision for Rural America - On December 1st at Noon at the Ace Building in association with the annual ICCC/ISU Extension Ag Tradeshow Mr. Thomas Dorr, Undersecretary for Rural Development of USDA will keynote a session on the new USDA vision to improve the quality of life and economy of rural America.


Recognition for Area Clerks

What does Anita Walstrom (Lehigh), Julia Pettit (Pomeroy), Land Pratt (Rolfe), Andrea Vinsand (Humboldt), Cindy O'Neall (Havelock) and Glenda Rasmussen (Otho) have in common - they recently attended the 2005 Municipal Clerks Academy. We congratulate these individuals and their Councils for their professional development. There is no college degree in Municipal Clerk and the annual academy is the best forum available to offer them professional training. 


Preparing for the 2010 Census

The Census Bureau will no longer use the “long form” survey as part of the 2010 Census. It will be replaced by the ongoing American Community Survey that will provide the critical information on community statistics and detailed characteristics of the population (i.e. housing, public facilities, place of employment, age, income, journey to work, ethnic make-up, etc.). Each address within your community has an approximate 1 in 480 chance of receiving the new survey instrument. Answering the survey is a requirement of Law, Title 13, U.S. Code. Communities are urged to advertise to your citizens the new survey within utility billings, newsletters, etc. The Survey can give communities an up-to-date statistical picture of the community which officials can use to track the well-being of children, families, and the elderly; determine where to locate highway, schools, and hospitals; and show a large corporation that a town has the workforce the company needs. 


IDOT Offers Access and Corridor Management Seminars

The Iowa Department of Transportation, Center for Transportation Research and Education, and Midwest Transportation Consortium are teaming up to sponsor three one day workshops on roadway access and corridor management for engineers, planners, and other transportation professionals. These workshops will be offered free of charge to professional staff of these agencies, but here is a limit of approximately 100 attendees per workshop location. Advanced registration is required. At the workshop, attendees will learn the following:
  • The ten basic principles of access management.
  • The safety and traffic flow benefits of good access management.
  • The business and land development impacts of improved access management.
  • How to identify access management problems using crash data and other data sources.
  • Practical access management problem fixes.
  • Access management “do's” and “don'ts”
  • Effective ways to work with the public, business owners, land owners, and developers on access management projects.
  • How land use planning effects access management success negatively and positively.
  • How to effectively manage access at the highway corridor level.
  • How intergovernmental agreements are being used in Iowa to manage access along corridors.

Workshop dates are: 
highway.jpg      Friday, October 14, 2005
            Ames, Gateway Center Hotel, Elwood Drive at US 30
      Friday, October 21, 2005
            Iowa City, Quality Inn Highlander Hotel North Dodge Street
      Friday, October 28, 2005
            Storm Lake, Buena Vista University campus
For additional information and to register please contact:
      Lori Wildeman
      Center for Transportation Research and Education
      Iowa State University Research Park
      2901 South Loop Drive, Suite 3100
      Ames, IA 50010-8632
      Phone: 515-294-1866
      Fax: 515-294-0467
      E-mail:
lwild@iastate.edu 


IDOT Offers Workshop on Erosion Control, Pavement Repairs, and Changing Technologies

On October 10th at the Hotel at Gateway Center in Ames IDOT will host a workshop for secondary road maintenance supervisors and others who are responsible for maintaining roadways and right-of ways. The workshop will discuss what is important and why in roadway maintenance, common drainage problems, and signage on low volume roads. The workshop carries a reservation fee of $65 per person. Please contact Georgia Parham at 515-294-2267 or gparham@iastate.edu for additional information and registration forms.


Over a Cola

Revolving Loan Funds:   A growing number of communities, some quite small, have adopted the philosophy that revolving loan funds have a tremendous potential for community and economic development. These funds can be capitalized by a variety of sources, including local tax funds, grants, low interest federal loans, and a new initiative for tax credit contributions by citizen donors. The “beauty” of these programs are their flexibility and the ability to work with retail establishments. Managing such a fund is daunting, but small communities are finding allies with larger cities, counties, and in some cases, their regional planning agencies. Please contact Steve for further details. Please access the following web site for a listing of loan funds currently available - http://www.iowarural.org/rlfmap.html .
Fire Grants: Nearly $50 million will be awarded nationally for the 2005 Fire Prevention and Safety Grant Program. This grant provides funds to fire departments and major non-profit groups that want to expand or improve their fire safety and prevention programs. Several hundred grants will be funded nationwide. The program targets projects that use well-documented prevention methods, especially impacting low-income, youth, and senior populations. The goal of the program is to expand and improve fire prevention and safety efforts to a) reach more people in our communities through fire departments and b) develop national and regional programs that will raise awareness and improve practices. The e-grant opportunity is available until October 7th. Easy to complete web-based application forms are available at www.firegrantsupport.com 

Assistance Available for Water and Wastewater Planning: The Iowa Finance Authority has initiated a new program that provides a 0% interest three year loan to unsewered communities to engage engineering fees, archaeological surveys, environmental studies, and fees related to project plan preparation and submission. The loan may be rolled into a larger construction loan and repaid when permanent financing is committed. Please access the application form at www.ifahome.com .

Link to League of Cities Website: Kudos to the Iowa League of Cities for providing a web site of critical importance - a listing of Reports due by Cities, particularly those at the end of the Fiscal Year. Please access http://www.iowaleague.org/Resources/Clerk.aspx?id=17 


MIDAS Technical Assistance

Calhoun County:
County - Answered question posed by Development Director regarding use of MIDAS Housing RLF. Sent County Engineer suggestions on how to change the County's Subdivision Regulations.
Farnhamville - Discussed taped meetings with the Mayor.
Knierim - Provided information to City Clerk as to zoning options available to a small community.
Lake City - Prepared narrative for a Commercial Urban Revitalization Plan and Ordinance.
Manson - Administrative assistance to administer a CDBG Housing Rehabilitation Program. 
Rockwell City - Provided administrative assistance to administer a CDBG infrastructure program. 
Somers - Assistance with preparation of a model code of ordinances.
Yetter - Discussed community sanitary sewer options with Mayor.

Hamilton County:
County - Discussed issues with Director of Tri-County Housing Trust.
Blairsburg - Prepared narrative for a Commercial Urban Revitalization Plan for tax abatement purposes.
Ellsworth - Assistance with preparation of a Water/Sewer CDBG
Kamrar - Provided administrative assistance to administer a CDBG infrastructure program.
Webster City - Reviewed use of the MIDAS Housing RLF with the owner of an apartment complex. Discussed zoning procedures with Zoning Administrator.

Humboldt County:
County - Assisted RIVER Committee to prepare for a “Great Places” presentation. 
Gilmore City - Provided administrative assistance to administer a CDBG infrastructure program. 
Humboldt - Discussed options for a DC lobbying trip with City Administrator.
Rutland - Discussed fence ordinance with City Clerk.

Pocahontas County:
County - Discussed zoning issue with Zoning Administrator.
Fonda - Completed windshield surveys for housing grant.
Havelock - Assistance to administer a CDBG infrastructure program. Talked with City Clerk about housing funding.
Laurens - Provided administrative assistance to administer a CDBG infrastructure program. Provided administrative assistance to administer an EDSA grant program. Discussed zoning issues with City Clerk.
Palmer - Assistance to administer a CDBG program. 
Pocahontas - Administrative assistance to administer a CDBG sanitary sewer infrastructure program. Administrative assistance to administer a CDBG storm sewer infrastructure program. Answered questions about use of the MIDAS Housing RLF with Economic Development Director. Answered a question about housing rehabilitation posed by a citizen.
Rolfe - Completed windshield surveys for housing application.

Webster County:
County - Administrative assistance to administer a CDBG program for rural water. Met with officials of Webster Development to organize a tax cost/benefit analysis for economic development. Organized monthly City/County coordinating committee. Participated in meeting of “Great Places” committee.
Callender - Assistance with preparation of a Water/Sewer CDBG.
Dayton - Administrative assistance to administer a CDBG water infrastructure program. Administrative assistance to administer a CDBG storm sewer infrastructure program.
Duncombe - Assistance with preparation of a model code of ordinances.
Fort Dodge - Assisted City to conduct an EDA monitoring visit on the Vera Sun water main. Participated in meetings of Fort Dodge Leadership.
Gowrie - Administrative assistance to administer a CDBG infrastructure program. 
Moorland - Administrative assistance to administer a CDBG infrastructure program. 

Wright County:
County - Discussed two zoning issues with Zoning Administrator. Met with Supervisors to discuss various tax abatement options for commercial establishments.
Belmond - Assistance to administer a CDBG for Housing Rehabilitation.
Clarion - Assistance to administer a CDBG for Housing Rehabilitation. 
Eagle Grove - Assistance to administer a CDBG for Housing Rehabilitation. Prepared narrative for a PFSA application to assist in funding infrastructure to a new business. Prepared an environmental review for a PFSA program. Discussed Brownfield funding with City Administrator. Discussed with City Administrator potential CAT funding for an aquatics center.
Rowan - Discussed potential Community Center funding with USDA officials.

Regional Benefit:
  • Attended meeting of Highway 20 Association.
  • Attended IARC's Revolving Loan Fund Conference.
  • Participated in meetings of MIGP.
  • Participated in meetings of the NRDP and IRDC.
  • Participated in meetings of Prairie Rivers RC&D.
  • Attended League of Cities Annual Meeting.
  • Attended input session of Road Use Tax Fund Study Group.
  • Attended monthly meeting of Northwest Iowa League of Cities.


MIDAS Executive Committee Meeting of Wednesday, October 19th, 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 September 21st, 2005

3.        Subcommittee reports

4.        Roundtable of issues from members

5.        Next meeting on November 16th, 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.

 



Executive Committee Minutes of September 21st, 2005

  1. Chairperson Hansen called the meeting to order at 6:30 P.M. A quorum was present.

    Executive Committee Present
     Staff/Visitors:
    Wes Sweedler - Hamilton County
    Steve Hoesel
    Catherine Bergman - Hamilton County ED
    Shirley Helgevold
    Bob Hudson - Hamilton County Cities
    Julie Ehresmann
    Jack DeWolf - Pocahontas County
    Vince Triggs - Pocahontas County ED
    Wilbur Ekstrand - Pocahontas County Cities
    Harlan Hansen - Humboldt County
    Darrell Rusher -Humboldt County Cities
    V.H. "Buck" Boekelman - Webster County Cities
    Larry Hood - Calhoun County
    Gerald Thomas - Calhoun County ED
    Stan Watne - Wright County
    Vicky Boyington - Wright County ED
    Jane Burleson-Regional Representative

    Absent or Excused Members/Alternates:
    James Crean - Webster County ED
    Merle Chamberlain - Calhoun County Cities
    David Boswell - Humboldt County ED
    Floyd Magnusson - Webster County
    Dennis Bowman - Wright County Alt.
    LeeAnn Waltzing - Wright County Cities
    Ryan Heiar - Wright County Alt.
    Wayne Jackson - Hamilton County Alternate

  2. Motion by Hood, second by Bergman to approve the agenda with the addition of Tri County Housing.. Ayes All - Motion Carried.

  3. Motion by DeWolf, second by Watne to approve the minutes of the August 17th, 2005 Meeting. Ayes All - Motion Carried.

  4. Administration and Budget Committee Report:

    Motion by DeWolf, second by Triggs to accept and place on file the August financial report including Sections 01/02/03/04 checks 22797 to 23049, Section 05 check 1111, Section 06 check 1102, and Section 07 checks 1171 to 1172.
     Ayes All - Motion Carried.

    Motion by Watne, second by Sweedler to submit an application to USDA for RCDI funds in an amount of $72,500 (50/50 match) to fund a GIS specialist and "Train the Trainer Program" for the MIDAS area governments. Ayes All - Motion Carried.

    Motion by Watne, second by Sweedler to authorize balancing the following invoices:
     308118, 102872c, 308411, 103295, 103299, 103411, 103464, 103710, 103733, 102598, TFR1, 308534, 306437, 306609, 204834, 204836, 308535, 204835, 308204, 202957, 202957c, 103860, 103861, 204782, 204831, 204730, 204783, 103441, 103493, 204268, 103298, 103298cc, 103642, and 103709. Ayes All - Motion Carried.

  5. Planning Committee Report:

    Motion by Boyington, second by Hood to authorize the following Resolution.
     Ayes All - Motion Carried.

    Resolution

    Whereas, The MIDAS Council of Governments was organized in part to provide planning capabilities for cities and counties within Region V; and,

    Whereas
    , the MIDAS Council of Governments has identified, in conjunction with member counties and cities, various planning and economic needs concerning economic development as outlined in the EDA-RLF Plan; and,

    Whereas
    , the MIDAS Council of Governments has identified a certain standard for their portfolio.

    Now, Therefore, be it Resolved That
    , the MIDAS Council of Government Executive Committee hereby certified that the EDA-RLF Plan is consistent with and support the area's current economic adjustment strategy.

    Be it Further Resolved That
    , the EDA-RLF is being operated in accordance with the policies and procedures contained in the EDA-RLF Plan and the EDA-RLF portfolio meets the standards contained therein.

    Helgevold reported that new planner Debra Lampe will begin employment on October 6th.

    Transit Committee report by Weldon:

¨     Motion by Hood, second by Rusher to authorize the following items: 1) a fuel cost allocation plan to increase transit rates; 2) write-off all invoices for Choices Made Independently for failed Small Claims Action; 3) disposal of CC11 by local bid to enable a local fire department to bid on the unit, and 4) instruct Transit Manager to work with TAC and put in place a bad debt cut-off policy for further service (60 days suggested). Ayes All - Motion Carried.

¨     Motion by Hood, second by Watne to ask that the City of Fort Dodge accept IDOT Contract 18-4027-269-06 to amend an operating assistance contract from $146,036 to $162,158. Ayes All - Motion Carried.

¨     Motion by Hood, second by Watne to ask that the City of Fort Dodge accept IDOT Contract 18-0027-269-05 for Associated Capital Maintenance Funds in an amount of $18,870. Ayes All - Motion Carried.

¨     Motion by Sweedler, second by DeWolf to accept IDOT Contract 18-4027-050-06 to amend an operating assistance contract from $140,835 to $156,383. Ayes All - Motion Carried.

¨     Motion by Sweedler, second by DeWolf to accept IDOT Contract 18-0027-050-05 for Associated Capital Maintenance Funds in an amount of $18,511. Ayes All - Motion Carried.

¨     Motion by Sweedler, second by DeWolf to request that Fort Dodge submit a $7,500 marketing grant to IDOT for the Jefferson Shuttle. Ayes All - Motion Carried.

7.        Julie Ehresmann of Tri County Housing Trust updated the members on the efforts of that agency to begin operations and to secure funds from IFA (real estate tax revenue allocation). The program was initiated by Stratford volunteers and received an initial $25,000 start-up grant from IFA. Comments centered on a suggestion to expand the program to other counties to avoid duplication.

8.        Motion by Sweedler, second by Watne to adjourn the meeting at 7:55 P.M. Ayes all - Motion Carried.

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