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Primghar City Business


March 21, 2019

At the Monday March 11 Primghar City Council meeting the council opened a Public Hearing about Urban Renewal Area #3. This proposed Urban Renewal area is requested by Primghar Advancement Corporation (PAC) and is an amendment to Primghar's Industrial Park 2nd Addition. The area south and adjacent to the Industrial Park and east of the Fair Grounds is under consideration for rezoning from agriculture to Industrial. City Clerk Carol Chicoine reported as the Public Hearing opened that all landowner required to be notified has been sent written notice. The city had received no communication from the public on the matter and no person was there on the matter.

The engineering firm DGR is to determine the distance necessary for any potential street construction. If the distance to a new street is the same as the existing street, there will be no additional cost. If 2 blocks of street are added there will be new cost to the Urban Renewal plan. A planning and zoning Public Hearing for the rezoning was set for Tuesday March 19 at 7:00pm.

There was some discussion as to when to set the tax base of the property for TIF purposes. A TIF will have a 20-year sunset and begins when certified.

Thor Klinker served as the representative for the golf board. He updated the council that a 2-year contact with a 3rd year option has been signed with Mike Konz. He also explained that member letters have been sent out for the 2019 golf year. Members were notified of reciprocity agreements with increasing area golf courses were listed. Single members can add additional courses for $25. A family can get the reciprocity benefit for an additional $50. No other changes to dues were made at this time. The current board wants to see a full year of performance. He also said that an energy audit was done on the clubhouse. He reported no problems, just an energy inefficient building.

April 5 is the members meeting. He also noted that 2 current board members will be retiring; Kim Tewes and Brennan Triplett. They are looking for replacements. Each board members serves a 3-year term. The board meets monthly. The golf course is publicly owned, so a board member is not required to be a member or a resident of Primghar. When asked, Klinker said they would actually like representation from people who golf there often and may live in neighboring communities.


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