WARSAW — While business for the Warsaw Redevelopment Commission consisted of approval of six claims, the remainder of the meeting was general communication of various items in the months to come, Buffalo Street project and information on the Regional Cities status.
Jeremy Skinner, city planner, presented a draft of a redevelopment commission report he will be presenting for the common council’s review at the March 21 meeting. A final report will be given to the commission prior to submission to the state by April 16. This report will go through each Tax Increment Finance District showing revenues for the last year, fund balances, expenses and outstanding debit.
Tim Meyer, commission president, asked if a map showing the various TIF districts could be included, for those members unfamiliar with locations.
Skinner stated noted he could include the information and stressed the report will only show numbers for 2015, but he will have a report with 2016 numbers completed before the 2017 budget discussion begins.
Commission members were told Skinner would present an additional appropriate at Monday evening’s common council, transferring funds from one area to another. “More money was received than estimated,” Skinner stated. The appropriation total $110,000. The funds were moved from the the certified tech park capital projects fund to other services. He noted there will be more additional appropriation of funds as it is hard to budget when “you don’t know what the income tax will bring.”
Skinner also stated the four year certification is up on the tech park and he is working on submitting a new certification.
Asked for an update on the Buffalo Street project, Skinner stated it is in the engineering state, with a rough draft ready for presentation for the regional cities. “We’re waiting for them to give us an outline of what they are looking at,” Skinner stated. It was also noted the city Board of Public Work and Safety approved the location for a new boat ramp, which is expected to be constructed in 2017 by the DNR.
Mike Klondaris, commission member, questioned if Skinner had heard if the state will still be funding all three regional city initiatives as originally planned, or less. Skinner stated the funds are currently being held hostage over future funding of the highway bill. He noted the bill increases the cigarette tax and gas tax. “They are holding the fund hostage to get those. How it pans out is unknown,” he stated.
Skinner did state he believes all three initiatives will be funded, but the funds may not be as much as originally anticipate.
Commission members did approve the payment of claims for:
- Faegre Baker Daniels for professional services through Jan. 31, 2016, in the amount of $3,088.50
- Phend & Brown on the Mariners Drive project, in the amount of $62,020.85. This amount was the retainage from paving project and was recommended being released by James Emans, as the job was satisfactorily completed.
- Wessler Engineering for the electrical design of phase II, the lift station, in the tech park, an amount of $3,600
- Regions Corp Trust Operations, bond fees for the Warsaw Commons bond.
- Fidelity National Title Company, LLC, for the purchase of lot A-E in Fraziers Addition Replat, 805 E. Market Street, also known as the Habitat Property, in the amount of $75,214.50.
- Local newspaper for legal advertising in the amount of $21.10.
The next meeting of the commission will be at 4 p.m. Monday, April 4