City council approves capital improvement plan

At the public hearings on Monday night, city council members approved a general obligation bond for a police and fire station, street improvements and sewer revenue bonds for construction improvements.

City council members first unanimously approved a four-year, capital improvement plan, a list of possible purchases for each city department. This includes items from sidewalk repairs to replacement vehicles and equipment.

“It doesn’t mean we’re actually going to purchase all of these,” said Randy Wetmore, city administrator. “This sets items we may purchase in the next year.”

Bill Egleston, Marshalltown resident, noticed $50,000 on the plan for sidewalk repairs. He suggested fixing the sidewalk outside of the council chambers.

Carlene Prazak, Marshalltown resident, suggested adding more money to fix the streets.

“I think some of these things need to be put on hold,” Prazak said. “I know that the police and fire department is necessary but something like those two things, I think they could wait a year or two, because I’m tired of driving on such rotten streets.”

The council unanimously voted yes to approve the capital improvement plan, which is available on the city website.

During the next public hearing city council members unanimously voted yes to enter into a general obligation loan agreement and to issue a general obligation bond for a police station and fire station in an amount no more than $225,000. There were no written or public comments.

City council members then unanimously agreed to enter into a sewer revenue loan agreement and to issue sewer revenue bonds for constructing improvements to the municipal sanitary sewer system for no more than $3 million.

The final public hearing was approval to pay a general obligation bond and general obligation loan agreement for street improvements for $2 million.

“I don’t think $2 million is going to be enough,” Prazak said. “It seems like we got all smooth parking lots, but we have real rugedy streets. I can’t just drive in the parking lots.”

Wetmore said in the last couple of years the city spent $13 million on street improvements.

Prezak said it still wasn’t enough.