Manchester City Council Meeting Recap

The Manchester City Council met last night.

The Council held a public hearing on a request from Frank Sailer to rezone 115 East Union from Single Family Low Density to Multi-Family Residential Medium Density. No one spoke for or against the request, with the Council approving the first reading of the ordinance.

The Council also held a public hearing on plans for the South Madison Parking Lot Project, with no one speaking for or against the plans. The Council approved awarding the contract for the project to Horsfield Construction for just over 194-thousand dollars.

The Manchester City Council also heard a presentation from Craig Hutton. Hutton, a local teacher, would like to re-develop the old funeral home at 500 North Franklin Street and turn it into a teen center. He is also in the process of developing a non-profit organization, which would operate the center and provide programming and services for local teens.

The Council also approved an economic development agreement with local developer Wes Schulte for his West Brook Development Project.

The Manchester City Council also gave their approval to provide up to 25-hundred dollars to RTA’s Rides to Wellness program for minor maintenance and fuel for the 2019-2010 fiscal year.

The Council also agreed to pay $1 per resident to the Maquoketa River Watershed Management Authority. This one-time fee of $5,179 will help the Watershed Management Authority with operations and grant matches.

And City staff has recommended that the City Council increase Compost Area Maintenance fees that are collected on residents’ utility bills from $2/month to $3/month. The Council approved the first reading of that ordinance last night.

And the City of Manchester presented service awards to Jim Peters for 30 years of service as City Attorney and Jody King for 20 years of service to the Manchester Aquatic Center.