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Armstrong moves forward on Valley Vue urban renewal

By Staff | May 8, 2008

ARMSTRONG — The Armstrong City Council Monday night held a public hearing and approved a resolution on the proposed Valley Vue urban renewal plan.

The plan will allow the city to establish a tax increment finance district to help Valley Vue Care Center at 108 Second Ave. build an assisted living complex.

The ABCM Corporation of Hampton, Valley Vue owners, has approved the plan. The City of Armstrong Planning and Zoning Board has recommended that the council approve rezoning from residential to commercial.

In other business, the council approved a budget amendment for the pool and storm sewer.

The council deferred action on approving a new contract with Waste Management until the June meeting.

Police Chief Craig Merrill told council that additional police coverage will be required over the Fourth of July weekend which will be a three-day weekend this year.

The council approved adding a time clock to the federal warning system at a cost of $676. Also approved was appointment of Don Looft to the Northwest Iowa Regional Housing Authority.

The council was apprised of the need to name two news members to the planning and zoning board and another member to the community center board. They approved a letter of support to the Armstrong-Ringsted Community School District Board of Education for preschool funding. Approval was also given to a proclamation for Iowa School Board Recognition Week May 11-17.

Estimates were approved in the range of $8,500 to $10,000 for the aquatic center bathhouse renovation. The renovation will include plumbing, fixtures and a new water heater. Volunteer labor will be used.

A payment estimate of $65,399.90 was approved to Grundman-Hicks for work on the new pool.

The board also discussed incentives for people to buy lots in Suburban Estates South Addition. The city is passing on a utility rebate of $5,449 from Alliant Energy on the lots which start at $14,000. Alliant makes the rebate to the city for each new service. For further information on purchasing a lot, contact Armstrong City Hall at 864-3535.

The council also approved purchase of Banyon Data Systems Bookkeeping Software for $4,365.