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Osceola County Board approves urban renewal amendment

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SIBLEY, Iowa — The Osceola County Board of Supervisors hosted two public hearings during its Tuesday morning meeting, the first regarding the expansion of the 2003 Urban Renewal District 1 and the second concerning the sale of property in the county’s Enterprise Park. Likewise, members of the Hawkeye Point Committee appealed to the supervisors for financial assistance.

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Previously, the board had approved working with the city of Sibley on a railroad project intended to aid Timewell, a current local business, and entice other businesses to move to the area. At that time, the board pledged a grant of $150,000 to the city to offset a portion of the project’s expense.

During the public hearing, no comments were received. Therefore, the board passed Resolution No.7 14/15 to amend the TIF district to include a portion of land within two miles of and inside Sibley. Tax revenues from the TIF will be used to pay for the grant pledged by the county.

Following the first hearing, the floor was again opened to the public regarding the sale of three lots in the county’s Enterprise Parks to Northland Buildings Inc. and the authorization of an economic development grant.

Once more, no objections were received. Supervisor Phil Bootsma commented the sale of the property would bring more job opportunities to the area. The board approved the sale of the three lots along with a grant for $43,200.

Sibley-Ocheyedan FFA President Josh Wagenaar and FFA district treasurer Mystic Henningsen presented on the progress made at Hawkeye Point. The youth are two of 20 members on the Hawkeye Point Committee (HPC). Wagenaar and Henningsen informed the board that the S-O FFA chapter has already dedicated over 10,000 hours to working on the site.

To date, over $80,000 worth of equipment usage has been donated to the project as well. The site has been selected for the 2015 Highpointer’s Club National Convention, and the HPC hopes to complete bathroom facilities to accommodate the 350-600 attendees expected.

At this time, the HPC is $10-12,000 short of its monetary goal. The board tabled the matter until its Aug. 12 meeting.

Daily Globe Reporter Robin Baumgarn may be reached at 376-7323.

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