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University Heights to hold $1.8 million park bond issue vote Tuesday

Measure needs 60 percent approval to pass, special election second in a month for small town

(FILE PHOTO) The University Heights City Council convenes a special meeting on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, following the resignation of Mayor Wally Heitman. The council decided to appoint an individual to the mayoral vacancy for the remainder of the term, which will be voted on Feb. 14. (Michael Ramm, The Gazette)
(FILE PHOTO) The University Heights City Council convenes a special meeting on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, following the resignation of Mayor Wally Heitman. The council decided to appoint an individual to the mayoral vacancy for the remainder of the term, which will be voted on Feb. 14. (Michael Ramm, The Gazette)

UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS — Residents will decide Tuesday whether to approve a $1.8 million bond issue that would allow University Heights to buy a park.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall, 1302 Melrose Ave. The bond issue needs 60 percent of the vote to pass.

City Attorney Steve Ballard said there’s not a specific plan for a particular park, but the bond issue would allow the city some flexibility with a land purchase. If the issue is approved, University Heights could acquire land to use as a “municipal park and green space to protect air quality, water quality in streams, natural areas and wildlife habitat.”

University Heights has about 1,000 residents and is completely landlocked by Iowa City. Ballard said the only municipal park now is Triangle Park, a small piece of land near Kinnick Stadium and across the street from Stella restaurant.

Iowa’s new voter ID law will be in effect for Tuesday’s election. Voters must show a valid ID, such as an Iowa driver’s license, to cast a ballot. A complete list of valid forms of ID can be found at sos.iowa.gov/elections.

As of Monday afternoon, 20 people had voted early on the bond issue.

Tuesday’s bond issue is University Heights’ second special election in the past month. City Council member Virginia Miller was elected April 3 after Noah Hughes, who was elected to the seat in November’s regular city election, moved outside city limits.

BALLOT LANGUAGE

May 1, 2018 — University Heights Special Election

Bond Issue (60% required)

Public Measure: F

Shall the City of University Heights, in Johnson County, State of Iowa, enter into a loan agreement and issue its bonds in an amount not exceeding the amount of $1,800,000 for the purpose of paying the cost, to that extent, of acquiring and developing land for use as a municipal park and green space to protect air quality, water quality in streams, natural areas and wildlife habitat?

l Comments: (319) 339-3172; maddy.arnold@thegazette.com

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