DeWitt city council prepares for planning and expansions

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The City of DeWitt held a city council meeting on Oct. 25 to discuss the upcoming Bridge Street extension as well as reviewing the planning services contract with Beckett & Raeder and review the assessing reports.  

A new project is in the planning stages for the construction of a new commercial building at 110 Bridge Street in downtown DeWitt, and the city council discussed extending the construction start from Dec. 17 to May 17, 2018.  

“The request for the extension is to make sure we don’t have to come back and do it again,” said Vesta Building Contractor Scott Schmidt.  “We’re approved for a two-story building and an additional possible third story.”

There were also discussions on adding more parking downtown by adding an underground parking garage underneath the Bridge Street project, but further information on that will be discussed at a later time.

In addition to the Bridge Street project, the city council meeting also awarded a planning services contract to Beckett & Raeder, Inc. for three years.  Mayor Sue Leeming and city clerk Lisa Grysen signed off on this contract on behalf of the city of DeWitt.  

Also, the city assessor, Chuck Zemla, gave the city’s annual report for 2017.  The purpose of the report was to inform the city council on assessing ratios, sales and outlook for 2017 to 2018.

“Our main goal is to ensure properties are assessed at 50 percent of market value, first and foremost,” said Zemla.  “We continue to monitor and visit all new construction and permits that are applied for.  We monitor personal property accounts on a continuous basis.”

The conclusion was made by the council and Leeming to have design drawings ready to present at the next city council meeting within 90 days and begin construction plans within the six months.  The next DeWitt City Council meeting will be held on Nov. 28 at city hall.  

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