Mount Ayr Council Receives Pool Construction Timeline If November Financing Referendum Is Approved

Mount Ayr’s Board of Aldermen received the timeline for a new pool construction if a referendum receives voter approval in November. Mount Ayr held their first meeting of the new fiscal year Tuesday evening.

In June, Mount Ayr’s council voted 3-2 to place a referendum before voters to obtain financing for a $4.1 million dollar pool project which would construct a new pool and pumphouse. The existing bathhouse would still be used. The referendum needs a 60 percent plus-1 majority of voters to approve the measure. JEO Group representatives reported to council members that surveys regarding the project are being reviewed. If the financing referendum is approved, the construction would potentially begin in March of 2024 and be ready in May of 2025. The ballot language must be determined and approved prior to September 1st for a November election.

Council members approved the grant agreement between the City of Mount Ayr and the Iowa Economic Development Authority. The $300,000 grant was technically awarded to the City of Mount Ayr as they serve as a fiscal agent in the process for Matthew Hudson 38H Construction. The city then approved the subordination of the mortgage associated with the agreement.

Council members denied an extension to a property owner for nuisance cleanup. The property owner still has 30 days remaining on the nuisance notice.

The City Administrator reported on the recent pool inspection recommendations and necessary pump replacements.

Council members approved the street upgrade for Valley West Drive. TK Concrete will receive the bid for about $200,000.

Blair Glendenning was also approved as a Water Safety Instructor for Mount Ayr.

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