The Adel City Council convened Tuesday evening in regular session.

The meeting began with a public hearing regarding a proposed amendment to the Southbridge Urban Renewal Plan. No one objected, so following the hearing the Council approved a resolution for the amendment. After that, Adel Partners Chamber of Commerce Director Deb Bengtson gave an update on the Chamber, which included the latest on the Kinnick to Raccoon trail improvement projects, as well as a recap of this past weekend’s Sweet Corn Festival. In old business, the Council approved the second reading for an ordinance to increase the compensation for the Mayor and Council members. However, since it wasn’t a unanimous decision – Council member Jody Selby dissented – there will be one final reading at the next meeting before the ordinance will be adopted. They also approved the Parks and Recreation Board’s recommendation to keep the current cemetery regulations policy as is, as well as the appointment of Megan Sibbel to the Library Board.

In new business, the Council approved a United States Department of Agriculture – Rural Development application for additional water projects, as well as a resolution to enlist the services of PFM Financial Management to review the water utility rates and surcharges. Both were recommended by the Water and Sewer Committee. Other items approved included: setting a public hearing for September 10th to discuss a development agreement with Cramer and Associates; all three readings of an ordinance regarding sidewalk maintenance; approval of the final plat for Timberview West, Plat 4; and three change orders and two pay estimates for water projects. The Council will have a second meeting this month, on Monday, the 26th at 6 p.m., with the focus on the future of the Economic Development Commission.