Tax increase districts were a running theme at Monday’s regular meeting of the Yankton City Commission.
In separate actions, the board unanimously approved the creation of TID No. 12, a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for TID No. 11 and an agreement with Stockwell Engineers for the improvement of the infrastructure of Gehl Drive in relation to TID #11.
Director of Community and Economic Development Dave Mingo says TID No. 12 — intended to support infrastructure improvements at First Dakota Soccer Park and Paradigm Technologies at the corner of 31st Street and Broadway Avenue — is somewhat different. previous TIDs.
“The increase that will be generated should not cover 100% of the project,” he said. “It’s just part of the funding for the project. … (There are) multiple sources of funding, in addition to the augmentation available, to provide assistance with this funding over the 20-year lifespan. We also received a grant — a local infrastructure improvement grant associated with the Paradigm project. The city commission in the budget you just approved also has some elements of the CIP (capital improvement plan) associated with it. »
He said the project consists of several components, including site grading, construction of stormwater management facilities, construction of First Dakota Drive and 33rd Street, drainage changes and a turn-around lane. north on Broadway Avenue.
On TID memorandum #11 – intended to help improve Gehl Drive – Mingo said that this TID also differs a bit.
“We had mentioned (in August), that there would be an upcoming contract that would further define the relationship between the City of Yankton and Yankton Thrive and how the project would move forward,” he said. “It’s a bit of a hybrid tax increase district in that it’s not run entirely by private developers like some of the others we’ve seen in the past. Not only is Yankton Thrive our development partner in the community, some funds used for this project would not be available if the city was not the project sponsor. There are grants involved. There is also money from the SRF (State Revolving Loan Fund).
City Manager Amy Leon also took the time to offer a follow-up to last month’s special meeting which saw council vote to continue fitness operations at the Summit Activities Center (SAC).
She said the public was very interested in joining a committee to help study and improve the fitness operation.
“We’ve had a bit more interest from the public asking that they sit on the summit activity center committee that we talked about at the last meeting,” she said. “We are also sending a notice in the October Utilities Bill because we have heard from the public that people would like to get information that way. We will inform them of your decision and your direction regarding the summit’s center of activities, as well as give them the opportunity to serve on this committee. »
Leon added that there will also be more changes coming in the near future.
“Some of the things we’re going to do are bring programming back to pre-pandemic levels at the Summit Activities Center and adjust our rates to pre-pandemic levels,” she said.
These points would require formal action by the committee and will be discussed at a future meeting. Additionally, the city is working on a survey asking users and SAC members what other improvements they would like to see and looking at the possibility of using the space formerly occupied by Yankton College offices for expanded fitness classes.
In other business Monday, the commission:
• Approved the 2023 municipal budget;
• heard a presentation on the 2020 audit;
• Approval of a change order for the Westside Park improvement project. Other items relating to the Westside Park project were on Monday’s agenda, but due to the length of the meeting, these were not addressed until press time and will be followed up at a later date ;
• Issued proclamations celebrating Welcome Week and Direct Support Professionals Week.
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