Bonds, taxes and community development were among the main topics at Monday night’s meeting of the Norfolk City Council.
The council approved issuing more than $2 million in bonds for flood control and other infrastructure improvements. About $1.2 million will be used to construct flood control improvements and the Victory Road detention cell improvements and another $1 million will be used for improvements of paving, sidewalk, water and sewer districts.
The flood control improvements are needed for levee recertification in order to comply with updated standards of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, according to Steve Rames, city engineer, and Randy Gates, city finance officer.
The levee recertification will cost $725,000 while the Victory Road detention cell improvements will cost $536,623.
The council passed the ordinance issuing flood control bonds unanimously on all readings.
The other bond ordinance was also passed unanimously, and Mayor Josh Moenning said the investment in improving the water, sewer, paving and sidewalks districts is a good thing.
“Development and improvement within the city is always a positive,” Moenning said.
The council also considered another large-scale development and improvement plan Monday night.
The council unanimously approved applying for a Community Development Block Grant totaling $460,000 that will be used for infrastructure improvements on Braasch Avenue, between First and Fifth streets.
The Braasch Avenue development is part of the city’s Comprehensive Development Phase Two, Year Two plan.
In addition to the block grant, the city will also match $215,000 and provide $1.3 million in additional leverage to complete the $2 million project.
“We have had a good history with (Community Development Block Grants),” Moenning said. “This will help bring much needed street reconstruction.”
The council also briefly discussed property taxes. The council unanimously approved allowing the Norfolk Airport Authority to levy a property tax of $653,269, which will primarily used to pay for day-to-day operations, for the 2018-2019 fiscal year.
The council also approved allowing the Offstreet Parking District to levy a property tax of about $100,000. The item was a part of the consent agenda, which represents items considered routine.
Among other business for the council Monday night was approving a land transfer between the city and Orphan Grain Train; the agreement had been tabled at the last meeting.
The council also unanimously passed on all readings an ordinance to transfer powers of the now-discontinued prevention bureau over to the newly created department of planning and development to be overseen by Valerie Grimes, city planner.
The council also briefly adjourned and convened as a board of equalization to levy a special assessment of $589 at 401 N. Fourth St., which is the former Norfolk post office property.
Moenning said the property owners have consistently ignored city requests, and have been assessed about $1,500 over the past few years for waste removal.
The council also approved a waiver for sewer connections and amended the Green Meadow Sixth Addition Planned Development.