Work on the Manti Road bridge can be put on the schedule.

At its regularly scheduled meeting Jan. 28, Shenandoah City Council approved a request from Fremont County for a permanent easement for .09 acres at Manti Park for bridge improvement on Manti Road.

Page County Engineer JD King spoke during a public hearing urging the council to approve the easement. He said a federal grant is funding bridge work in Page and Fremont counties. The federal government allocated $250 million in September 2018 for structurally-deficient bridges.

“Iowa asked for $46 million worth of bridges,” said King. ”There were 77 bridges identified. Sixty-eight county bridges were in this grant application.

Iowa has 4, 427 structurally-deficient bridges. We lead the nation in that regard unfortunately and this is an effort by the feds to reduce that number.”

King said Iowa was awarded $33 million in federal bridge money for repairs. Among the bridges covered are the Manti Road bridge in Fremont County and the repair of a bridge in Page County over the West Tarkio River on County Road J20.

“Our bridge is ready to go,” said King. “When they get all the right of way acquired, we’ll get the bridge letting. With the way the schedule is, I’m not certain when Fremont County will get their bridge built. I’m not confident that we will build Page County’s bridge this year. It will probably be next year.”

In other business, the council approved the sale of city-owned property at 311 N. Broad St and 314 N. Broad St to Larry Hertensen for $500 each.

A public hearing was set for 6 p.m., Feb. 11 on Maximum Property Tax Dollars and Maximum Levy for the city for the Fiscal Year 2021.

City Administrator AJ Lyman said this is a requirement due to the legislative changes.

“Those levies that we know we’re going to max out are the general, the property insurance, the emergency, the FICA and IPERS, and the benefits levies,” said Lyman.

City Clerk Karla Gray said the property insurance, emergency, FICA, IPERS, and benefits are all included in the general levy and it is typical to max that levy out. She said the maxed levy does not include the special Armory levy and the Debt service levy.

A consultation meeting was set for 10 a.m., Feb. 4, in city council chambers on the proposed Amendment No. 3 to the Amended and Restated Shenandoah Urban Renewal Plan. A public hearing was also set for 6 p.m., Feb. 25, on the matter.

Lyman said he would represent the city of Shenandoah at the meeting and representatives from three other taxable entities, Page County, Fremont County and the Shenandoah School District, would be present.

The council also approved…

Abstract of claims #2020-14 for $213,258.18, the Revolving Loan Fund Committee recommendation for Case # 2020-01, and to re-appoint Rita Oberg to the Cemetery Board. Oberg’s term will expire January 28, 2025. Council also approved the rate of $16.05 per hour for full-time employee of the city of Shenandoah city hall accounts payable clerk Amy Jones.

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