The Perry City Council met at 6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 5 in the Security Bank Building. Here are three things you may have missed:
1. Council passes resolution approving application from Perry Grand 3 Theatre for Urban Renewal Loan
The Perry Grand 3 Theatre applied for an Urban Renewal Loan for the replacement of the servers in each theater. The revolving Urban Renewal Loan in the amount of $10,000 is to be paid back over a three-year period with the interest rate set at three percent.
“I fully support this. One of the really great things that we have in Perry is Perry Grand Theatre. It attracts so many people to our community,” Council Member Randy McCaulley said.
Council Member Chuck Schott wanted to clarify what the server would be used for at the theater. City Administrator Sven Peterson said now that movies come digitally, the server runs the projector system.
“More or less without these servers, they can’t operate,” Peterson said. “Definitely critical infrastructure for them.”
Finance Officer Susie Moorhead said the City of Perry has around $89,000 in the renewal loan fund. The council went on to pass the resolution approving the application from the Perry Grand 3 Theatre.
2. Council passes resolution approving installation of a fence, located at 1203 2nd St., two feet into City of Perry’s right-of-way
JR Sheffer, who owns the former Stitches in Time building at 1203 2nd St., has presented the proposed storefront to the Historic Preservation Commission. The commission has approved the proposed exterior of the new restaurant. Since there was a small fenced area that is proposed to be two feet into the City of Perry’s right-of-way, the council would need to approve or deny permission by resolution.
David Sheffer, who will run the new restaurant, then talked to the council about the proposal. The three-foot fence, he said, will only stick out two feet.
“It’s kind of going to be like a covered patio. You’ll get that feel to actually be outside a little more,” Sheffer said.
Schott told Sheffer that it looks like the restaurant will have an interesting storefront.
“It is such a cool building, just the way it was built and everything in it. The original hardwood and tin ceilings,” Sheffer said.
He added that they took the plaster off the brick walls to expose them. Two openings were knocked out in the middle wall, he said, to bring the two buildings together.
McCaulley asked Sheffer if he has a tentative opening date for the restaurant.
Sheffer was hoping to be open in late November, but he said there is still a lot to do in the building. He said it looks like they won’t be open until late January.
“We want to make sure that everything is done and everything is done right,” Sheffer said.
“Well, it’s exciting to watch it happen,” Schott said.
“We all wish it was open, but we all think it’s worth the wait. It’s going to be a really neat building,” Andorf said.
The council went on to approve the application for the three-foot fence to be installed in front of the restaurant.
3. Council approves appointments to Planning and Zoning Commission, Historic Preservation Commission
The Planning and Zoning Commission is in need to fill the unexpired term of the late Wilbur Dickerson. The position is a four-year city council appointed term, which will expire Aug. 1, 2020. Ron Leber has submitted a request to fill the term. Leber was at the council meeting to talk about why he would like to serve on the Planning and Zoning Commission.
“I’m a lifelong resident of Perry and I would like to serve the city and the great community moving forward,” Leber said.
He added that he would treat any applicants with respect and would make recommendations to the council for any improvements or adjustments under the Iowa Code.
“I just want to thank Ron for stepping up and serving our community,” McCaulley said.
“It’s my honor to serve,” Leber added.
Schott appreciated Leber coming to the council meeting, as he will be helping to make decisions that “affect a lot of citizens and the future of Perry.”
Due to the resignation of John Palmer from the Historic Preservation Commission during the Oct. 15 meeting, a vacancy was created. The commission has met and expressed their wishes to appoint Liberty Willet to fill the unexpired three-year term, ending Jan. 1, 2021.
Willet was also at the council meeting. She has been attending the Historic Preservation Commission meetings for the past year and a half.
“I’ve learned a lot in a short amount of time,” Willet said.
She has been in Perry for 11 years and has managed the Perry Grand 3 Theatre for the past seven years.
“There is so much history here and so many opportunities and ways to go that I’d like to see as well. And I really like what they’ve done so far,” she said of the Historic Preservation Commission.
The council went on to approve the appointments to the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Historic Preservation Commission.
“We want to thank you for your willingness to serve,” Andorf said. “Perry is very fortunate, in that we get good volunteers to serve on these boards and commissions.”