Amendments to downtown project agreements, fire chief search among Mason City council agenda items tonight

MASON CITY — The City Council in Mason City tonight is scheduled to deal with alterations in two agreements related to the River City Renaissance project as well as start the process of finding the city’s next fire chief.

 

== The council is considering a second amendment to the purchase, sale and development agreement the city has with G8 Development for the hotel portion of the project. This amendment allows the Mason City Foundation to choose an architect and contractor to do the renovations to Music Man Square to convert it into a conference center. The amendment still requires a convention center agreement between the Foundation and the operator of the hotel to ensure they are operating in concert with one another.

 

== The council is also being asked tonight to approve an amended and restated development agreement between the city and the Foundation for their part of the project. The agreement not only cleans up language from the original agreement but it will also allow the Foundation to purchase the property to the south of Music Man Square, which they will in turn use to construct the ballroom and convention facility in a new addition. That would allow the museum to stay inside the Music Man Square property instead of the original proposal to have a separate Meredith Willson museum placed in a separate building across the street next to the hotel. With the switch, the hotel can also be moved to the north closer to the mall. The agreements need to be amended ahead of a meeting Friday between city and state officials regarding the status of the project.

 

== The council will also consider hiring Cayler Consulting LLC to start the process of hiring the city’s next fire chief. It’s the same firm that the city utilized in the hiring of Police Chief Jeff Brinkley and former Fire Chief Al Dyer. Dyer resigned last November following a party in October that included alcohol or illegal drugs at the fire station. Doug Janssen has been acting as the interim fire chief since Dyer’s resignation. City Human Resouces Director Perry Buffington in a memo to the council says Cayler’s proposal for services is expected to not exceed $5300. The money for the project will come from the Fire Department budget, but will be offset by savings gained from existing staffing changes within the department’s budget.

 

The council meets at 7 o’clock tonight in the Mason City Room of the Public Library.

 

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