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4/6/2013 Email this articlePrint this article 
DeWitt council approves bond sale for Sixth Avenue

By Kate Howes
Staff writer

At their meeting Monday night, members of the DeWitt city council approved a loan agreement and to provide for the sale and issuance of $2,000,000 general obligation urban renewal bonds.

The bond sale is for the Sixth Avenue project and bridge replacement along the Skeffington Memorial Trail.

City administrator Steve Lindner was pleased to announce DeWitt again has received an A1 bond rating, an excellent rating for a town of DeWitt's size.

The winning bidder is UMB Bank NA, of Kansas City, Mo., with First Central State Bank in DeWitt.

The council also approved a policy regarding sidewalk payments for the west 11th Street project and other future projects.

In the past when a major street project has been conducted and property owners have been required to install sidewalks in areas where they did not previously exist, the city has allowed them to pay half the contracted cost and given them up to five years to make the payment.

Linder explains the city has honored this policy as property owners essentially are forced to install sidewalks with little warning.

The council agreed this same policy should be applied to the 2012 11th Street project and all other street projects to come.

"If (the city) takes out your existing sidewalk, we'll replace it," Lindner explains. "But if one needs to be put in without much notice to the property owner, we feel this is the most fair way to go about asking them to do it."

The council also agreed to pay $4,930 to the trustees of drainage district No. 6, comprised of the county board of supervisors and located primarily in south-central DeWitt and some rural areas just south of town.

The bill was for costs of repairs and other expenses since the last district assessment.

City purchases sewer vac truck

Council members approved the purchase of a sewer vac truck for $55,000.

Previously the city was borrowing such trucks from another community, which is now going to sell the truck.

Lindner notes paying a company to perform the work is a costly venture and in the long run, having its own vehicle will prove more cost-effective for the city.

In other business, the council approved reclassifying city clerk Cathie Benthin's, clerk/receptionist Faye Voss' and fitness center front desk position Dale Eiben's positions as full-time.

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