Ames City Council to Approve $ 200,000 Arts Capital Grants Program at Tuesday Meeting | New

Ames City Council met on Tuesday and approved the first ordinance creating ARPAC and the new budget for the Downton Plaza Ice Skating Ribbon, among others.

Ames city council is expected to approve the arts capital grant program at its bi-weekly meeting on Tuesday evening.

This is a one-time program that will allocate $ 200,000 towards improving art facilities across Ames after the 2020 General Fund had a surplus at the end of the year. Council members have previously voted on the allocation of these surplus funds. The vote from Tuesday’s meeting could confirm this subsidy program.

According to Ward 3 council member David Martin, this responds to community interest at the 2019 municipal budget meeting and the 2020 arts workshop. The Arts Capital Grants Program proposal can be viewed here.

Council will also hear from city staff about their sidewalk report on the reconstruction of Top-O-Hollow Road and Opal Drive. Due to the 22% budget increase required for the filling of sidewalks in these streets, the City staff recommend not to add it to existing project plans.

The board will also vote on a minor amendment to the current Ames Urban Fringe plan. The only change is to allow the creation of small industrial lots for the use of the owner.

City Council and Mayor John Haila will declare October 2021 as Watershed Awareness Month. They will also declare from October 3 to 9, 2021, Fire Prevention Week.

Finally, on the agenda is the ordinance establishing the Resident Police Advisory Committee, which will advise the Ames Police Chief on complaints against officers regarding disciplinary action.

The full agenda for Tuesday evening’s meeting can be viewed here. The municipal council meeting will take place at 6 p.m. at the town hall.

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