Humboldt Council discusses new park


HUMBOLDT – The Humboldt City Council discussed a proposal for a new park Monday.

The park would be located in the new Eagle Ridge Housing Development in western Humboldt – specifically in lot 10, which comprises 33 acres south of the West Fork of the Des Moines River.

“The majority of it is in the flood plain next to the river,” said City Administrator Aaron Burnett.

He and County Conservation Director Todd Lee have talked about the park and a potential three-way split between the city, the county and the housing group. The city and county would each contribute $30,000 for the purchase of the land and the housing group would take a $30,000 loss in selling the lot to the Conservation Board.

The Conservation Board is looking at using Resource Enhancement and Protection funds to purchase the lot. Lee said he is also planning to write a grant proposal to the Humboldt County Community Foundation.

The city could use funds from the Hotel Motel Tax to pay its portion, Burnett said.

“The city and county would work together to ensure there are trail systems through there and access,” Burnett said. “There is a significant amount of benefit to the community through access for fishing and trail system.”

There is not much park access for the people in that part of town, he said.

“There’s deer, there’s turkey … it’s really a great natural resource that close to town,” said Councilman Joe Hadar.

Hadar said if an old Indian trail through the area could be restored, it would link with trails from the Rutland Dam to Sheldon Park and down to Gotch State Park.

“It would be something really great for the community,” he said.

However, Burnett said it would be unlikely to get landowner permission to restore the old trail.

Burnett said the council needed to express interest in the project for the grant application.

“I think it is something we should look at,” said Councilman John Sleiter.

In other business the council approved:

  • A loan agreement with the Iowa Finance Authority through the state’s revolving loan fund not to exceed $6.848 million for renovations to the city’s water plant. Burnett said $1.4 million has already been spent on the project.
  • The second readings of ordinances which would tie annual increases in water and sanitary sewer rates to the consumer price index.
  • An agreement with WHKS & Co., Mason City, for preliminary design work and another inspection of the Sumner Avenue Bridge.

The Iowa Department of Transportation is looking at a fall bid-letting to replace the bridge with construction next year.

The city could be without a bridge at the site for six months, Burnett said.