Normally deemed a critic of the Sioux City Council, I would like to take the time to applaud them on the improvement of actions over the last several months, including two very recent actions.
First, the $2.2 million approval of the Morningside Avenue reconstruction project which came in 2.5 percent below the engineer’s estimate is a win-win situation for all. Second, the hiring of a new skywalk security firm - although the most expensive, I agree with Councilwoman Rhonda Capron that it is essential to have a local service compared to one based out of Omaha.
I would also like to continue to encourage our current Sioux City Council to focus not only on infrastructure, but on improvements and reinvestments into our neighborhoods. There are many homes throughout Sioux City neighborhoods that are more than subpar and there are several that should be red-tagged or improved immediately with contractors waiting to work on them.
The focus should also be on building newer, single-family housing and attracting higher-paying jobs to make sure we retain the youth in our community and that they can afford said new housing.
Another area of focus should be in updating our neighborhood ordinances to ensure that neighborhoods stay free of junk. Cluttered porches and yards and broken windows are seen throughout Sioux City and, although it may be the responsibility of the owner of the property, the city should encourage the cleanup through a possibility of a fine where that money goes into neighborhood reinvestment and redevelopment. - Jake Jungers, Sioux City