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Council discusses Brentwood Place, delays backyard parking

October 2, 2012
By DAVID ALEXANDER - Staff Writer ( , Times-Republican

The Marshalltown City Council discussed several topics at its Monday night Committee of the Whole meeting.

A water main conflict on the east side of Brentwood Place has increased the cost of that project by nearly $13,000, said Adam Daters, with Clapsaddle Garber Associates.

"The water main crept a little closer to the back of the curb than we would have liked," Daters said. "So we switched the storm sewer from one side of the street to the other at the same time used it as an opportunity to get the storm sewer completely out."

The utility delay pushed project's completion date back by 12 days. It will now be a 62-day project instead of a 50-day project.

Bill Egleston, who lives in Brentwood Road, said the residents along the stretch of street being worked on have not been notified of this delay. He said he feels it is important to them to know what is going on with their street's construction.

Lynn Couch, public works director, presented the contract cost for sewer work done through design phase on the east interceptor. That cost is $325,500.

Randy Wetmore, city administrator, said the discussion of the new sewer rates would take place next week.

Because of the absence of council members Leon Lamer and Bethany Wirin, both at-large council members, Mayor Tomas Thompson suggested delaying the discussion of the backyard parking issue to Oct. 15.

Joel Greer, second-ward council member, suggested sending the code change back to the Marshalltown Planning and Zoning Committee.

Michelle Spohnheimer, housing and community development director, suggested, since the item is a change to the city code and not the zoning ordinance, discussing the matter with the city attorney when he returns. The council had no further discussion on the matter.

Lori Stansberry, finance director, also gave a report on delinquent city tax collections received from the state. Most of the collections are from parking. From Jan. 1 to Aug. 31, the city received nearly $12,000 from the state, which garnishes people's tax returns and lottery winnings to reimburse the city for money owed.

Spohnheimer addressed the council with some good news regarding some lingering questions regarding the Neighborhood Stabilization program, which offers rehabbed homes to low-income, first-time home buyers.

The city does not have the time restriction on occupying the homes as originally thought, she said.

After its last Committee of the Whole meeting, the city is considering becoming the lender for at least one of four properties after those interested in buying the homes were unable to qualify for traditional home loans.



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