Mount Ayr Council Discusses Accessory Building Siding Regulations During Session

Mount Ayr’s Board of Aldermen discussed siding requirements for accessory buildings during their meeting on Monday night. Under Mount Ayr’s current ordinance, metal siding is allowed when houses are constructed within Mount Ayr, but metal siding is not allowed for accessory buildings, such as a garage. The topic was brought up because 3 pending building permits have metal siding in their plans for accessory buildings. Mount Ayr’s Zoning Board is not in favor of changing the ordinance. The other option would be the application of a Special Use Permit and go through the city’s Board of Adjustment. In the end, the council plans to do more research into the matter.

Lynda Triggs approached the council about their interest in taking the ownership of a property located at 303 W Van Buren Street. The fire damaged property is considered a nuisance at this point. Council members plan to get more information before moving forward with a decision.

Council members approved the application of a Technical Assistance Grant which, if approved, would help for engineering costs which are part of Mount Ayr’s Downtown Revitalization Project. Those costs are estimated at $300,000.

Board members received a presentation from Jason Van Ausdall regarding a proposal to help the city bring properties up to a building permit status.

An agreement was approved to continue with Jason Palmer as Mount Ayr City Attorney.

Mount Ayr plans a special session on August 28th on the topic of a city pool. The city plans to hear information from all opinions and direction for the construction of a pool facility at Mount Ayr. The city is interested in obtaining financial information on the options. The city would like to come from that meeting with enough information to make a decision of the direction they plan to take on a pool project at their September meeting.

The meeting was the first meeting for new council member Chandra Poore. She won the position during the special election held August 1st.