Council approves county fair parade

In celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Iowa State University Extension, a parade will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 23, in Clarinda to mark the start of the Page County Fair.

A request from Page County Youth Coordinator Deb Swanson to hold the parade was approved Wednesday, July 10, by the Clarinda City Council.

“We were thinking of fun things to do and to bring people back, so one of the things we wanted to do was have a parade involving some of the past clubs and present clubs,” Swanson said.

Swanson said the parade would just be held this year to celebrate the anniversary of Extension. She said the parade would not be an annual event.

Swanson proposed the parade start at the old football field located at 12th and Main Streets in Clarinda. The parade would proceed west on Main Street to North 16th Street; turn north for one block; and then proceed east on East Washington Street to the fairgrounds.

“We are trying to get in conjunction with the barbecue that starts at 5 p.m.,” Swanson said.

However, Clarinda Mayor Lisa Hull said she was concerned would be the amount of traffic that would be diverted from Main Street and Washington Street with shift changes at Lisle Corporation, NSK and NSK-AKS.

Clarinda Police Chief Keith Brothers said barricades could be used to close the necessary streets for the parade. Swanson said she could have 4-H students remove the barricades immediately after the parade to reopen the streets.

Swanson said the History Bus from Iowa State University would also be at the fair Tuesday, Wednesday and part of Thursday, July 23-25. Swanson requested permission for the bus to park near the intersection of Sixth and Stuart Streets just north of Wibholm Hall.

After discussing the matters, the council approved both the request for the parade and the parking for the History Bus.

Also during the meeting, the council agreed to start a new development agreement and end another.

The city council approved a resolution to create a development agreement with Agriland FS, Inc., authorizing the annual appropriation of tax increment payments and the reimbursement of taxes to the company.

The development agreement relates to an expansion project at the Agriland FS facility in Clarinda. The cost of the project was estimated at $5.5 million.

“Agriland has asked for 80 percent of their incremental taxes be rebated to them over a 10 year period. We would do that semiannually, so twice a year, and not to exceed $1 million. I don’t see us hitting that $1 million,” Clarinda City Manager Gary McClarnon said.

A public hearing was held on the agreement prior to the passage of the resolution. No oral or written comments were presented during the hearing.

The council then terminated a development agreement with Shopko Stores Operating Co., LLC. The agreement was approved by the council in October 2015.

Under the terms of the development agreement, Shopko agreed to utilize the building at 1180 S. 16th St. in Clarinda as a retail store. In return, the city agreed to provide annual tax increment payments totaling $300,000 to be paid to Shopko over a period of five years.

However, the Clarinda store closed in April.

“Our attorneys have told me they would just as soon we pass a resolution terminating the agreement because they did not meet the terms that are in the original agreement. This is just kind of the official way of terminating the agreement,” McClarnon said.

The city council also approved an administrative budgetary transfer in the amount of $887,271.44.

The transfer included revenue of $488,405.85 in local option sales tax. Based on the division of funds approved by voters when the tax was implemented, 55 percent went to property tax relief; public safety, 20 percent; street improvements, 20 percent; and economic development, 5 percent.

Also included in the transfer was $120,936.73 from the Water Improvement Fund to the Water Fund to help pay for the NSK water project; the debt portion of TIF funds collected from the installation of streets near Clarinda Regional Health Center totaled $100,199.28 that was transferred to debt service; and $84,132.50 from the Street Improvement Fund was also transferred to debt service.

In other business, the council approved a changed order for a deduction of $1,040 to Grand Contracting for the Clarinda Facade Rehabilitation Project. McClarnon said three buildings were impacted by the change order.

McClarnon said Crawford Realty was not able to refurbish the storefront door as they originally intended, so they received a credit that was deducted from the cost of the project. J’s Pizza and Steak House originally planned to have some window tinting and a menu board installed, but those items were backordered. In order to finish the project, the owner said he would add those features at a later date.

“The dentist office also decided they wanted a couple of rosettes painted on their building, so that added $60 to the project,” McClarnon said.

A separate pay request of $119,932.80 from Grand Contracting for the facade project was also approved.

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