The Pella City Council approved a professional services agreement with Civil Design Advantage (CDA) to conduct master planning services for a tulip field at the city’s old power plant site.

The 2.75-acre site located in the 500 block of Oskaloosa Street will be transformed into a tulip field to beautify the city and enhance visitors’ Tulip Time experience.

During two policy and planning meetings on July 2 and July 16, the council discussed the request from the Pella Historical Society. An ad hoc committee was formed to work with local stakeholders for the beautification project, and it was ultimately expanded to include other site improvements in addition to the tulip field.

Additional site improvements will include historical story-telling signage or sculptures focusing on the city’s south side, improved landscaping, a multi-purpose trail system, off-street parking, gathering areas and a plan for accommodating tour bus traffic.

The estimated cost for master planning services is $16,150. Based on the city’s proposed timeline, CDA will present their master plan to council on Dec. 17, 2019.

After a discussion of the project’s timeline with council member Tony Bokhoven and council member Lynn Branderhorst, it is being proposed that the city funds the master planning services portion of the project. This will allow the city council to consider the project as a part of the city’s fiscal year 2020-2021 budget process. It would also allow the city to develop cost estimates for the project, which is necessary to create a partnership with the Pella Historical Society.

In other news:

- Council approved the city’s street finance report for the fiscal year ending on June 30, 2019. Total revenues for the city are $1,620,013. Total expenditures are $1,941,208. According to Iowa Code, cities are required to file an annual street finance report with the Iowa Department of Transportation in order to receive road use tax funds.

- A three-year contract extension between the city and Midwest Sanitation was approved by council to continue providing waste management services to the community.

Emily Hawk can be reached at ehawk@pellachronicle.com or by calling the newsroom at 641-628-3882.

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