Review -- Airport, Rezoning, Tax Abatement and Plats

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Dan DeGeest's Council Review

 

Five Hours.  This is becoming the standard not the exception for City Council meetings.  It's inefficient and by the end becomes ineffective.  It discourages attendance and participation.  Two members of the public waited over four hours for their chance to give input on agenda item #40 pertaining to traffic signal at 13th & Kellogg - so long that Councilman Orazem, acting as Mayor pro tem, felt compelled to say "God Bless you" for sticking it out.  So what could be done?  I have a few thoughts.

Airport, Rezoning, Tax Abatement and Plats

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The AAMPO begins at 6:00 PM, followed by the Ames City Council .  The agenda includes:

 

Review -- Rezoning, site plans and master plans

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Dan DeGeest's Council Review

 

Hello Friends,
 

What appeared to be a fairly routine agenda ended up being another 4 hour meeting with a discussion around the proposed development of the 2700 block of Lincoln Way taking up nearly all of the first two hours.  Please see below for comments and as always, thanks for reading.

Dan DeGeest>>
 

Review of the Ames City Council meeting for September 27, 2016.  The agenda included:
 

Rezoning, site plans and master plans

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The AAMPO begins at 6:00 PM, followed by the Ames City Council .  The agenda includes:

 

Review -- Regional Bike Trails, Outdoor Service Areas, and Mobile Food Vendors

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Dan DeGeest's Council Review

 

Hi Friends,

I hope you don't mind hearing from me twice in one week.  This week the City Council held a workshop to discuss trail connections with Story County and several changes  to our outdoor dining and vending ordinances.  As you recall from my last review they are also spending $150K to try to market Ames to millenials.  During the first phase of that project the consultants identified many things that make a community desirable to that demographic and not surprisingly good recreation options and dining options rate high on the list.  See below for comments.

Thanks for reading,

Dan DeGeest>>

Regional Bike Trails, Outdoor Service Areas, and Mobile Food Vendors

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The Ames City Council begins at 6:00 PM for a special meeting/workshop.  The agenda includes:
 

Review -- Geothermal Wells at Ada Hayden, the Airport Terminal, and Downtown Facade Grants

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Dan DeGeest's Council Review

 

Hello Friends,

Geothermal Wells at Ada Hayden, the Airport Terminal, and Downtown Facade Grants

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The Ames City Council begins at 6:00 PM.  The agenda includes:
 

Review -- East Industrial Annexation

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Dan DeGeest's Council Review

 

Hello Friends,

Well it was another long night at City Council clocking in at just shy for 4.25 hours.   At that length it is hard to stay awake let alone allow for complete and thoughtful deliberation of each and every agenda item.  In the last review I had questioned the moving of certain agenda items to the end of the meeting in order to allow Councilman Orazem to be present for the vote.  I looked into this and found that it is legal and under the Mayor’s discretion.  All of those items went on to pass.

In general, as these meetings drag on, you can see the fatigue set in and items at the end of a long meeting are often quite rushed – everyone wants to go home, everyone is tired, everyone is hungry – late agenda items generally pass unanimously without a lot of discussion.

East Industrial Annexation

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The Ames City Council begins at 6:00 PM.  The agenda includes:
 

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