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Public hearings set for Northern Heights Addition

GTNS photo by David Hotle

Riverside City Council member Bob Schneider, left, and Mayor Allen Schneider, right, receive a check for $717 from Kelli Schneider during the city council meeting Monday., The money is from a joint project between Lending Hands and the Riverside Casino and Golf Resort and will be used to help fund the proposed community center.
GTNS photo by David Hotle Riverside City Council member Bob Schneider, left, and Mayor Allen Schneider, right, receive a check for $717 from Kelli Schneider during the city council meeting Monday., The money is from a joint project between Lending Hands and the Riverside Casino and Golf Resort and will be used to help fund the proposed community center.

RIVERSIDE — During its March 4 meeting, the Riverside City Council will hear public comment on the annexation and rezoning of land to be used for the Northern Heights addition later this year.

On Monday, Feb. 4, Scott Pottorff of MMS Consultants distributed the latest edition of the maps to construct the addition, asking for input from the council. He explained there was time for the council to go through the maps and have discussion on the proposal during the Feb. 19 city council meeting. Pottorff is compiling a list of things to be changed before the public hearings are helped.

“We did hold our meeting with the county and other affected parties,” Mayor Allen Schneider said. “I think the primary concern there was maintenance of the roads on either side of this annexation.”

City Clerk Becky LaRoche said she spoke with Bob Yoder, the area’s representative on the Washington County Board of Supervisors. Yoder is going to begin working on a 28E agreement that defines joint exercise of governmental powers.

During discussion, council member Bob Schneider said there is already a 28E agreement in place for some of the roads. Allen Schneider said the city would be responsible for maintenance of the roads, but there would be further discussions between the city and county to clarify which entity is responsible for the maintenance of what roads. LaRoche said she would check on what 28E agreements are already in place with the county.

The city is working to create 14 lots with infrastructure so developer Appex Construction of Iowa City will be able to construct houses on the lots to offer for sale. If the first phase goes well, future expansions of the project can bring up to 70 lots to the area. The city has allocated $450,000 for expenses for the first phase of the project.

The board also received a contribution of $717 from Kelli Schneider as part of the Riverside Casino & Golf Resort and Lending Hands volunteer program. To earn the money for the contribution, Kelli Schneider volunteered over 170 hours with the program over the past year. The program contributes money to nonprofit groups of a volunteer’s choice. The money will be used to help the city pay for a proposed community building. This is Kelli Schneider’s fourth donation to the building fund for a total of $1,534.