January 14, 2014

Carroll City Council members Monday reached a consensus to move a public vote to August on construction of a tube slide and lazy river at the Carroll Family Aquatic Center. The decision pushes back a referendum on an improved public library to the general election in November - where it would be the ballot with races for the governor, U.S. Senate and the Iowa Legislature.

A developing capital-improvement plan calls for using debt to finance up to $3.5 million for an improved library. Private fundraising dollars are expected to factor into the mix as well.

The city expects to release a consultant's report within weeks on library services. No location or plans have been set for a library

The city would issue up to $1.355 million for construction of a lazy river and tube slide at the aquatic center.

Council members have not set a date for a plan to use general-obligation bond debt of $3 million for a new streets maintenance building.

What's more, council members eliminated $550,000 in funding in the five-year capital-improvement plan - fiscal year 2015 to fiscal year 2019 - to construct gateway monuments at the north and south highway entrances to the city.

The city expects a plan for improvements at Merchants Park to include a funding split of $400,000 in city taxpayer dollars and $250,000 in private fundraising. That funding is slated for the fiscal year that start July 1.