Public Hearing in Atlantic Tuesday evening over proposed Speed Limit change on west 22nd St.


November 19th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic City Council will hold their regular meeting this Tuesday evening at City Hall instead of Wednesday, due to the Thanksgiving Holiday. When their meeting begins at 5:30-p.m., the Council will hear a report from Atlantic Fire Chief Mark McNees. Afterward, they’re scheduled to act on a Resolution authorizing Mayor Dave Jones to submit a grant application to the Iowa DOT in hopes of obtaining a $5,000 grant for new traffic signs and posts, which are necessary under new reflectivity requirements.  If approved by the DOT, the funds would cover about one-quarter the total cost of implementing the unfunded mandate.

The Council will also hold a public hearing on reducing the speed limit on west 22nd Street, from Chestnut to Palm, from 45-to 35-miles per hour. The Community Protection Commission recommended the change after receiving a petition from residents along the affected stretch of road, and other factors. Another factor the Council will have to consider is a report from the City’s Planning and Zoning Commission, which outlines their concerns with regard to the matter, including how a change in the speed limit might affect Federal funding for major street improvements.

Other public hearings scheduled for Tuesday evening during the City Council meeting, will address an Amendment to the North Urban Renewal Plan to include a United Steel Erectors (USE) project, and a development agreement with the same company.The hearings will be followed by action on approving the expenditure as an Urban Renewal Project, authorizing payment and directing that it be included in the Dec. 1st, 2012 certification to the County. A second resolution pertains to the approval of a Development Agreement between the City and USE, Incorporated, along with Tax rebate payments.

And, the Council will act on approving the Final Plat for the Namanny Commercial Development project. The Planning and Zoning Commission has already approved the final plat, and is recommending the Council follow suite. If approved, the plat would divide a nearly eight-acre parcel zoned Light Industrial, into four lots, two of which would be used for commercial buildings along Highway 6, on the west side of town.