The Storm Lake City Council approved the city's $10,000 offer to potentially purchase land from the Storm Lake School District for a neighborhood park, a voluntary annexation request for 121 acres north of Storm Lake and a $392,000 bid for a new heavy rescue fire truck during their Sept. 17 meeting.
According to city manager Jim Patrick, the Storm Lake School District previously pledged a small lot in the West School subdivision for use of a city neighborhood park; however, the city is hoping to purchase an adjacent lot in order to provide enough space for a potential playground, sports field and picnic area.
Following Storm Lake United Methodist Church's purchase of a similarly-sized piece of land near South School, the City of Storm Lake is requesting a $10,000 purchase price.
The prospective park is surrounded by Rockwell Court, Barton Street and Hyland Drive, where little recreation area exists between the subdivision and downtown, except for Scout Park.
Since the land is owned by the Storm Lake School District, a public hearing must be held before the land can be sold. Although an offer has been made, the land has not yet been purchased.
Storm Lake School District Superintendent Carl Turner said a public hearing has not been scheduled regarding the land purchase.
In the event that Storm Lake School Board members approve the purchase in the future, the two lots would provide nearly a half acre of recreation space, Patrick noted.
The park project is funded, with $30,000 set aside in capital projects. Although no in-depth designs are available yet, Patrick explained the city has been working with a neighborhood group, who has expressed interest for speed soccer fields, basketball courts and playground equipment.
"We have a good idea of what they would like to see in the park," he said.
If the offer is approved by the school board, development could likely begin next spring.
The voluntary annexation process has been set in motion for developer Jim Bauer's Buffalo Ridge Estates. Located north of Faith, Hope and Charity, the future 105-acre subdivision has room for 117 homes.
A total of 121 acres are being considered for annexation, with the remainder owned by Security Bank. City clerk Justin Yarosevich said both property owners are in agreement with the voluntary annexation, which would provide water and sewer services for ensuing development.
Consultations have been scheduled with Washington Township trustees and the Buena Vista County Board of Supervisors on Oct. 5, with a public hearing held during the Nov. 19 council meeting.
The winning bid for the fire department's heavy rescue truck came in $58,000 less than the original estimate.
Public safety director Mark Prosser said four bids were received for a 4x4 vehicle, ranging from $392,000 to $509,000. Toyne's Fire Service of Breda was the low bidder, and has proposed a nine-month delivery timeframe.
The new truck will be funded with a general obligation fund subsidized by an existing tax levy.