The Rundown – Developer opening up two dozen new single-family lots

The Rundown – Developer opening up two dozen new single-family lots
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The Rundown is prepared by the City of Newton Public Information Office to summarize the City Commission meeting and does not represent official Commission minutes.

7 p.m. June 8, 2021, Newton City Commission meeting

At Tuesday night’s meeting, the City Commission approved public infrastructure projects that will open up 24 additional single-family residential lots in Summer Crossing Addition.

The Commission approved the petitions from developer Ron Harder, authorized water, sewer, paving and drainage improvements, and approved an engineering agreement with MKEC to prepare the plans. The improvements will be funded through special assessments paid by the property owner. The City will pay 5.3% of the street project according to the policy that the City pays for intersection improvements.

This is Newton’s first residential petition project in several years. Summer Crossing is just west of Old Main, between U.S. 50 and Southwest 24th Street.

In other action, the City Commission:

  1. Rejected all bids for the demolition of property at 611 E. Eighth St. because the low bid was not complete. The project will be rebid on June 15.
  2. Updated the City’s agreement with Caring Hands Humane Society, which provides for the housing and care of animals taken into custody by the City’s animal control officer. The City will pay Caring Hands $47,000 a year, plus $17.50 per day for animals housed for “bite holds” in excess of the standard three-day hold.
  3. Amended a real estate option contract held by Mennonite Housing. At the April 27 meeting, the Commission had approved Mennonite Housing’s request to waive $25,000 in permit fees for their proposed senior housing development at First and Boyd in order to gain additional points on an application for Low Income Housing Tax Credits.
  4. Approved lease renewals with Midwest Aircraft Services for Hangars B and E at Newton City/County Airport.
  5. Approved a request from Carriage Factory Art Gallery for use of City picnic tables for an event on June 26.
  6. Appointed Stacey Musser to the Newton Public Library Board.
  7. Approved cereal malt beverage licenses for Jump Start at 1823 N. Main and for Newell Truck Plaza at 200 Manchester.
  8. Approved amendments to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations to allow trained City staff to conduct inspections of semis and large trucks operating on local streets and highways.
  9. Amended a resolution authorizing funding of the airport capital improvement plan.

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