The Dyersville City Council during its regular Monday meeting unanimously approved a resolution to declare necessity and establish an urban renewal area and approve an urban renewal plan amendment for the Consolidated Dyersville Economic Development District.

The amendment includes authorizing and providing tax increment financing (TIF) for eight separate projects, including the Dyersville Economic Development Corporation; Archiprop, LC.; Briley, LLC; Digga North America, LLC; Hackney-Ehrisman, LLC and Hall of Fame, LLC.

There were no public comments made during the public hearing, and council member Mike Oberbroeckling said of the amendment, “These are all real good projects for the city.”

Council waived the second and third readings of the amendment.

City Clerk Tricia Maiers explained that updated utility information will be part of a brochure and posted to the City website. According to Maiers, in the past the City has always included appliance pick-up as part of its “Spring Clean Up Day,” but it has caused some confusion and unnecessary work for City employees. She said that while the City provides the necessary tags for pick up of appliances, “scavengers” have been good about picking up appliances already placed curbside. When this happens, citizens have tried returning the unused tags for refunds.

Maiers said that since Bi-County Disposal is a Dyersville business, they will work with the City to provide pick up of appliances anytime during the year. The City will still provide tags, but citizens can call Bi-County directly to make arrangements to either drop off old appliances or have them picked up.

During the staff reports portion of the meeting, council member Mike English asked Police Chief Brent Schroeder about how or if Dubuque County’s decision on an ATV ordinance could affect the City of Dyersville.

Schroeder told the council it’s really up to them. “It’s up to each individual city if they allow them. I haven’t heard about a whole lot of cities jumping on board.”

Also during the staff reports, Public Works Director John Wandsnider reported that he had attended the recent Cartegraph National Conference in Denver in April. He said the City of Dyersville was one of three communities out of approximately 1,200 to receive Cartegraph’s “Flag Forward” award.

Cartegraph, the City’s operations and management software, describes the award as, “a way to recognize customer innovation. This award is intended to recognize those who are challenging the status quo…doing things differently…and revolutionizing this industry.”

The emcee of the event said of Dyersville, “Small communities are typically strapped for resources and struggle to justify investments in technology. That’s not the case for this city of 4,000 residents. They may have 33% fewer staff members than cities of comparable size, but with a focus on technology, they’re able to stay on the cutting edge.”