Street Projects for the Industrial Parks
April 11, 2019
The City of Paullina approved adopting a resolution to improve streets and storm water drainage in both the east and west business parks on April 1, 2019. The two business/industrial parks went out to bid as a single project. Bids were accepted and opened with Bainbridge Construction of Kingsley, Iowa awarded the contract.
No comments from the public were received in writing, but the Public Hearing about the installation of streets was omitted from the process. A new date and time was set to hold a Public Hearing. It is set for Monday April 15, 2019 at 5:30 pm in the council chambers. The public is invited to give input about the project.
Other business at the Paullina City Council meeting was the approval of Heath Reichle to be responsible for maintenance at the Swanson Sports Complex. He is compensated according to the 28E agreement between the City of Paullina and the South O’Brien School District, half each.
The newly released flood plane maps were discussed. A conference between FEMA and the public will be scheduled at a later date. No changes to Paullina are indicated in the newly released flood maps.
The Planning and Zoning Committee has been meeting to determine its advice to the council to approve or not a variance request submitted by Brian Feltman for work being done to property on East Willow. The variance request is for construction that will be 12 feet from the property line as opposed to the recently adopted zoning requirement of 25 feet. Mark Lange was present at a Public Hearing on the matter with the P&Z board. He had no real objection but was interested in understanding the impact to family property adjacent to Feltman’s request. There was much discussion with more questions generated. The item was tabled and a second meeting called.
The second meeting provided more answers about how adjacent property might be impacted, mostly by water runoff and any limitations or demands a variance could impose on the developer. After much discussion, the board voted 3-2 to approve the variance for Feltman to build 12 feet from the property line. The two dissenters, Bruce Billick and Mike Hohbach were concerned that approval of variances may make the entire, newly adopted zoning ordinance irrelevant over time.
The city adopted an entirely new planning and zoning code to fulfill requirements for Urban Renewal Districts. For all persons looking into any kind of construction projects in the city limits of Paullina, from concrete work to full buildings, should consult with the building and zoning codes prior to submitting an application for a building permit.