The Airport Terminal gets even more expensive.

The Ames City Council begins at 6:00 PM June 23rd (note new time).  The agenda includes items:

Campustown Urban Revitalization Area Criteria

The Ames City Council begins at 6:00 PM  May 26th (note new time).  The agenda includes items:

  • 31. Staff Report on proposed revisions to Campustown Urban Revitalization Area criteria. The Campustown Urban Revitalization Area criterion outlines community priorities that must be achieved to receive a subsidy. Some categories of community interest have been, structured parking, aesthetically pleasing materials, and safety. The Campustown Action Association, in an effort to protect the unique character of Campustown, has requested additional criteria for receiving these incentives, be that the commercial spaces be rented to a non formula business. Non-formula businesses are generally large national chains. With redevelopment, very high rents ensue, and local businesses that define the area can be pushed out of the area. In Campustown the urban revitalization has forced the closing or relocation of many smaller businesses. The new rents are some of the highest in the state. If The Ames City Council believes there is value to maintaining the unique and diverse offerings in Campustown, it will need to adjust the abatement criteria. Currently the market manipulation of Tax Abatement and TIF in the area, while creating exciting new mixed use areas, are favoring those adding the least to the identity of Campustown.

  • 32. Staff Report pertaining to Un-Manned Aircraft Systems (UAS). When I look out my 2nd floor bedroom window, I have certain expectations. If I can see another window, or my neighbor's back yard, I myself am observable. If I cannot see these things, I my self am not observable. This tends to change a bit with the seasons, but I have a reasonable expectation of privacy due to the unmoving nature of structures and the lack of floating people. Drones are floating observers and I do not believe the level of understanding and sophistication are present to continue to ensure my privacy I expect in my own home in the presence of drones. I would really have to rethink a lot of things with floating people as well, but that is not on the agenda...yet. I have concerns with allowing drone flights without careful and deliberate consideration of how to ensure this privacy for our residents, in the presence of these flights. 

  • 33. Staff Report on changes to process for considering outside funding requests. The council funds many wide and varied groups. This is a discussion of how these choices should be made and on the basis of what priorities.

  • 34. Hearing on Proposed 2015/16 Community Development Block Grant Annual Action Plan. The City of Ames receives federal dollars from HUD every year in the form of a Community and Development Block Grant. Ames may use these dollars for Emergencies, Slum and Blight and Assisting in acquisition of housing for low to moderate-income families. This Action plane gives a glimpse of how these dollars will be spent in the coming years.

What will I do on Tuesday nights?

Dear Residents of Ames,

For nearly 12 years, I have worked to make the City of Ames a community that looked to the future and leveraged its resources for the good of every single resident.

When I ran for council in 2003, I had no experience with how the city really worked. Mostly, I was just the Gyroman, who had a food cart in Campustown, and knew a little something about the student perspective – an underserved population. But 5 months later, after knocking hundreds and hundreds of doors, after wearing through my nicest shoes, after funding my campaign with my own money, and after being as honest and genuine as I knew how, I was elected to the Ames City Council.

My last name carried no weight, my job had no prestige, and no special interest had asked me to run. I ran to speak for those who were underrepresented, and this great community allowed me to do just that for the past 12 years. 

I will not be seeking re-election to the At-Large seat of the Ames City Council. I have spent over a decade loving this work, but upon hearing of Bronwyn Beatty-Hansen’s interest in running, I decided it was time for another young progressive entrepreneur to lead. We, as a community, continue to crave new, brave, young, independent thinkers who see more than where this world is headed; we want leaders who will imagine where it can go.

The many details of my first campaign, when taken together, are an unlikely story, and one that I love…but let’s be very clear: this never has been and will never be my story.

This is our story. This is the Ames story.

This is the story of a community looking to the future and taking chances on new ways of thinking. In the last 12 years I have tried to model your bravery, to channel your concerns and to lead with your convictions. Your confidence in a 30-year-old street vendor to take a role in leading our city shows a boldness I have always strove to match. I can never thank you enough for giving me this chance to serve you in this way. Thank you, Ames. I’ll be seeing you again, very, very soon.


Thanks for reading...all these years,

Matthew Goodman

Ames City Council At-Large


The Ames City Council begins at 6:00 PM  May 26th (note new time).  The agenda includes items:

Affordable housing, airports and garbage containers, oh my!

The Ames City Council begins at 7:00 PM  May 12th.  The agenda includes items:

  • 42. Report on curbside garbage container options. In some neighborhoods garbage containers remain at the street longer than some may desire. Enforcing existing ordinances on this front is on a complaint basis, but this can be unfair and inconsistent in its results.

  • 43. Affordable housing redevelopment of 519 - 521 6th Street. The City of Ames may support a Request for Proposal for an affordable housing project across from City Hall. As such housing is desperately needed, this represents and exciting opportunity for those in need of housing and the private sector to bring their skills to bear on this problem.

  • 44. Staff Report on Right-of-Way Improvements. Recently the Ames City Council made headway on infrastructure in new subdivisions. However, there was not support for requiring sidewalks on both sides of the street in industrial areas. As sidewalks give safe access to those in our community who cannot afford vehicles, or choose to use other transportation modes for reasons of health or sustainability, safe and reasonable access to all parts of the community is important. Large, noisy and dangerous traffic permeates industrial areas. In the winter, when the roads are icy and slushy, having safe sidewalk infrastructure on both sides of the road has great value to those who need it. Not supporting such infrastructure can marginalize some members of our community.

  • 46. Resolution approving location for Ames Municipal Airport terminal building and hangar. Details on the $2.4 million dollar investment by the City of Ames in a new Airport Terminal. Why is $2.4 million the right number you might ask? I wouldn't know, the question has never been answered.

  • 50. Hearing on Grant Avenue (Hyde Avenue) Pavement Improvements. First bill coming for northern growth, and its higher than expected.

Joint Meeting with Gilbert Community School District

The Ames City Council begins at 7:00 PM  April 14th.  The agenda includes:

  • Item 1 -- Joint Meeting with Gilbert Community School District.Over the years, the Ames City Council has met semi regularly with the Ames Community School District. As the Gilbert Community School District is a growing school district in the City, exploring opportunities for collaboration could yield benefits for constituents represented by both organizations.

  • Item 4 -- Optional Time-of-Use Industrial Electric Rate Ordinance. The City of Ames owns its own electric utility, the Ames Municipal Electric System (AMES). This utility operates on the revenues of its customers. One of the greatest expenses to a utility, and consequently, to its customers, is constructing new capacity. As the community grows, it take more electricity to serve it.  The amount of electricity needed in January is relatively small, however, relative to the amount of electricity needed in July and August. The AMES must be built for the maximum anticipated demand, also know as the "peak demand". In the City of Ames this peak occurs in the summer between the hours of 4 pm and 7 pm. This new ordinance allows the structuring of our electric rates such that a large industrial user may experience a large savings, if they were to move their use outside of the window of 8am to 8pm. This ordinance would not required but rather be an option a large user could exercise benefiting both the user and the utility.

    As these peaks generally take place during very hot, sunny days, solar energy is another alternative that could help supply part of the needed capacity. In addition to helping our community meet its future energy needs, implementing sustainable energy infrastructure, protects our future. If we do not work hard and smart to leave a healthy planet for our great, great, grandchildren, history will not look upon us fondly. 

Bike to Work Week: May 11th-14th

The Ames City Council begins at 7:00 PM  April 14th.  The agenda includes:

2040 Long-Range Transportation Plan

The Ames City Council begins at 7:00 PM  March 31st.  The agenda includes:



Annexation Near Research Park

The Ames City Council begins at 7:00 PM  March 24th.  The agenda includes:

Water and Sewer Rates Increase

The Ames City Council begins at 7:00 PM  March 10th.  The agenda includes:

  • Item 2 -- Planning Department Program of Work. The Ames City Council, in addition to its body goals, works to respond to an endless list of requests. On occasion we are forced to take a hard look at all of the work we have thrown staff's way, and to ensure we are still comfortable with it and where it should fit on our priority timeline. 

  • Item 3 -- Water and Sewer Rates. As the community grows, so do our infrastructure needs. Growth comes with benefits and costs. Utility rate increases are among those costs.

  • Item  4 -- One Community. In 2004, due to the VEISHEA disturbances, a Task force was created to understand the underlying causes of such events and to attempt to address them. As a result of the task force's findings, the City of Ames, Iowa State University and The Government of the Student Body formed the One Community Implementation Committee. One element of this committee's recommendations, that was never executed, was the creation of a One Community Commission. 

    Catastrophe foments a great deal of busyness and bustle; the catharsis of those helpless to change the past is to work assiduously, in the very near present, to impact the future. However, this passion for change wanes over time. Just as the disturbances faded in memory, so did our community's commitment to address the issues that led to them.

    In 2014, the Ames community again saw similar events, and this time they nearly killed a young man. The story never changes, and it is not uniquely an Ames story. It is the story of many university communities all over the country.

    Ending VEISHEA ends a branding problem for Iowa State University and The City of Ames, but it does nothing to solve the underlying problems of these disturbances. Ending this tradition decreases the likelihood that disturbances will occur in April, but with a good hockey team, football team or basketball team, it has been shown such things can still happen. I am also not sure that the One Community Commission is THE way to prevent more events like this from happening, but I do wonder if doing less, just because symptoms aren't presenting, is venerable. It may be worth more discussion.


Ames First Roundabout: Ames Bicycle Coalition multimodal ideas are considered by council.


The Ames City Council begins at 7:00 PM  March 3rd.  The agenda includes: