10 things you should know about Monday’s Charles City Council meeting

The Charles City Council meets at 6 p.m. City Hall to vote on, among other things, banning use of consumer fireworks in city limits, but allow the sale. Here is a list of 10 things you should know about the council meeting.
1. The clock tower for McQuillen Place will be lifted into position around 9 a.m. Thursday, provided weather and the crane cooperate.  Developer Charley Thompson has requested the temporary closure of the Main and Clark Streets so a crane can be brought in to lift the tower in place. No date was included in the City Council documents for Monday’s meeting.
2. Utility users will see a $1 increase in the months sewer service fee, when the council approves the change meant to fund adding sub-drains so storm water runoff is less of a burden on the wastewater treatment plant. The $5 fee will raise an estimated $40,000 annually for the project. This runoff does not need to be treated like sewage does. Heavy rain flooding into the sanitary sewer in September 2016 contributed to problems that caused the wastewater treatment plant to break down.
3. Plaza Mexico ownership is seeking approval to expand add a fenced beer garden in a side parking lot on July 26 when RAGBRAI riders are staying overnight in the city.
4. Hotshots Billiards owner Joe Hull is asking to use the parking lot between its new location — formerly Tori’s — and City Hall. He wants to have a live band and alcohol sales in a fenced area.
5. Approving the Plaza Mexico at Hotshots request could be considered consistent with the council’s vote in June to allow City Tap to close and fence a part of Lane Street and the alley behind the bar for five bike nights owner Terry Huxsol planned from June to August dates.
6. A car show next to Trinity United Methodist Church is scheduled for July 29. Organizer Craig Hamm is requesting nearby sections of Spriggs and Milwaukee streets be closed from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
7. Mike Molstead Motors will receive a total tax increment rebate of $74,420 over five years when the council approves the development agreement for the $1.3 million expansion to the South Grand auto dealership. The project will add an estimated $616,390 in taxable value and bring with it five new jobs with an average pay of $16 per hour.
8. Buy fireworks in town, just don’t light them off. The new consumer fireworks ordinance requires merchants to post a sign prominently that reminds buyers the can’t light off their fireworks in city limits.
9. New rules allowing signs that project over the sidewalks will limit those to one per building, a max length of 4 feet, and must have at least 8-foot clearance. The signs can have internal or external illumination.
10. Jason Flores will be sworn in as a Charles City Police officer.

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