Annexations, social service data tracking, and Lincoln Way corridor report

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The meeting of the Ames City Council begins at 6:00.  The agenda includes:

 

Review -- Solar Net Metering, Dental Clinic funding, and Planning Department work plan

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Hello Friends,

It has been a few weeks since the last review and a lot has happened, most notably a national election.  Like all elections, some were pleased with the outcome and some were disappointed but I have never seen those feelings as extreme and amplified as they are this time around.  Personally, I took it as a wake up call - a chance to double down on my efforts at the local level.  I have always felt that locally is where we have the best chance to really make a difference, to truly impact each others lives, and to realize the world we believe can and should exist globally.  Now is not the time to give up - it is time to roll up sleeves and work even harder.
Thanks for reading,

Dan DeGeest>>

Healthy Life Center Concept

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Special meeting of the Ames City Council

Community Room Of Bethesda Lutheran Church (1517 Northwestern Ave.)

Tues, Nov 1, 2016, 6:30 p.m.

 

In discussing the need for a new indoor community pool, the idea was floated of a partnership between several entities that would result in a more comprehensive wellness facility. This hypothetical facility could have a pool, walking track, wellness activity rooms, etc. Other interested parties include those groups attending this workshop. Tonight's workshop will be a general overview of the concept so far. No official studies have yet been done on this topic, those will be some of the next steps, if Council and the other parties are committed to moving forward.

 

Review -- Miracle League Field, South Duff, Resident Satisfaction Survey

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The review of the Ames City Council meeting for October 25, 2017.  The agenda included:

Hello Friends,

Miracle League Field

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The meeting of the Ames City Council begins at 6:00.  The agenda includes:

 

Review -- Airport, Rezoning, Tax Abatement and Plats

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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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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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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>>

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