Posted: August 4, 2023 | Updated: August 22, 2023
NOTICE AND CALL OF PUBLIC MEETING
GOVERNMENTAL BODY: THE CITY COUNCIL OF CRESCO, IOWA
DATE OF MEETING: AUGUST 7, 2023
TIME AND PLACE OF MEETING: 5:30 P.M. CITY HALL, 130 N PARK PLACE
PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE ABOVE MENTIONED
GOVERNMENTAL BODY WILL MEET AT THE DATE, TIME AND PLACE SET OUT ABOVE. THE TENTATIVE AGENDA FOR SAID MEETING IS AS FOLLOWS:
ROLL CALL: CARMAN, BOUSKA, FORTUNE, McCONNELL, KRIENER
ACT ON THE CONSENT AGENDA: All items listed under the consent agenda will be enacted by one motion. There will be no separate discussion of these items unless a request is made prior to the time council votes on the motion.
- Approval of the Agenda
- Approval of the Claims
- Approval of Minutes from July 24, 2023
- Approval of Special Class C Retail Alcohol with Outdoor Service to Cresco Chamber of Commerce d/b/a Norman Borlaug Harvest Fest
STAFF REPORTS: There may be action taken on each of the items listed below.
- Public Works
- Committee Updates
COMMENTS FROM AUDIENCE: (This portion of the agenda is for comments that are not related to one of the items listed on the agenda. Comments can only be received. No formal action by the Council can be taken. Those making public comments will be asked to state their name and address, and to speak from the podium.)
BUSINESS: There may be action taken on each of the items listed below.
- Scott Huneke with WHKS to Update on Projects
- Approval of Pay Request #1 for $1,064,629.07 to Generation X Construction, LLC for the 7th Street West Reconstruction Project
- Approval of Pay Request #1 for $235,468.78 to Wicks Construction, Inc for the Downtown Crosswalk Project
- Request for Sewer Adjustment for Water not Entering the Sanitary Sewer System from Richard Parks
- Motion to Change the September 4th Council Meeting Date to Wednesday, September 6, 2023 due to the Holiday
THIS NOTICE IS GIVEN AT THE DIRECTION OF THE MAYOR PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 21, CODE OF IOWA AND THE LOCAL RULES OF SAID GOVERNMENTAL BODY. POSTED AUGUST 4, 2023.
Mayor Brenno called the Cresco City Council meeting to order on August 7, 2023, at 5:30 pm. Council Members Carman, McConnell, and Kriener were present. Council Members Bouska and Fortune were absent.
Carman made the motion to approve the consent agenda which included approval of the: agenda; claims; minutes from July 24, 2023; Special Class C Retail Alcohol License with outdoor service to Cresco Chamber of Commerce d/b/a Norman Borlaug Harvest Fest. Kriener seconded and it passed all ayes.
Public Works Director Widell reported: (a) CIT is repairing sewer mains that were identified as critical repairs during this spring’s cleaning. 2024 is the last year of the five-year cleaning process rotation. In 2025, CIT will complete some of the minor repairs found during the previous years’ televising; (b) 2nd Ave W Project will be completed this week; (c) Downtown Crosswalk Project is moving along well. Phase 1 and 2 are almost complete. Crews are working on Phase 3 (McGuire’s to County Store) and have begun saw cutting on Phase 4 (Murphy, Co & Smith to Atomic); (d) on the 7th St W Project, the storm sewer south of Hwy 9 is complete and are starting the crossing of Hwy 9. There will be a detour in place for three to four weeks; (e) BRZ has started the Water Tower Rehab project with welding this week and will start sandblasting next week.
Police Chief Ruroden presented the July police report. He reported that there was an increase in hospital and medical assist calls, warrants served, and charges filed.
Deputy Clerk Hill reported: (a) July financial statements were enclosed in the packet; (b) auditors were here last week and went well; (c) Northeast Iowa Business Network is hosting a regional roundup on September 27th at PIVO Brewery with featured speakers from IEDA; (d) City election is November 7th. Nomination petitions can be picked up at the Howard County Courthouse. The Mayoral term is two years and Council Members Ward 1, 3 and at-large are four-year terms. Twenty-five signatures are required and the last day to file is September 21st at 5 pm at the Howard County Auditor’s office.
Mayor Brenno would like to thank the following employees for their dedication and years of service to the City and residents. These are the anniversaries for June through August and their years of service:
Police Department: David Godman (20) David Winkie (28)
Wastewater Department: Shawn Erickson (2)
Library: Jordyn Moore (2)
Water Department: Drew Zahasky (17)
Mayor Brenno asked for comments from the audience. Dean Balk asked Council to consider installing additional signage on 95th St and 7th Ave E near the Webster’s Addition to remind people to watch for pedestrians and children due to the increase in housing and residents walking/biking in that area. Widell will do some checking on the speed limit and for additional signage to be placed.
Scott Huneke from WHKS updated Council on the 7th St W Reconstruction and Downtown Crosswalk Projects. He explained that when the construction at the retention basin started, the contractor ran into a large amount of unexpected rock. Boring samples had been obtained by WHKS, but it did not indicate the amount of rock that was actually present. Due to the increased cost of excavating the rock, the basin has been reduced to about 95% of the original plan and the outlet structure will be modified. It will still keep the preexisting condition of reducing the rate of discharge except in the 100-year storm event. Even in the original plans, the basin could still overflow during the extremely large rain events such as the 100-year storm. Council was concerned about the smaller basin, but did agree that due to the estimated $120,000 additional cost, and the fact that the rainfall in the majority of the events would still be effectively treated, the change in size would be acceptable.
The Downtown Crosswalk Project is going well. The original bid did not include coal chutes or replacing light pole foundations but did include a contingency of $30,000 due to the uncertainty of existing issues. Several foundations have been replaced for a cost of about $13,000. The existing conduit for the street lights and the street light foundations are in very poor condition. It will cost an estimated extra $30,000 additional expense to replace the remaining conduit and foundations for the street lights. Council felt it was best to replace the conduit and foundations of the light poles because it should be done correctly and is necessary for the two-year warranty to be effective. McConnell made a motion to authorize the change order for replacing all of the remaining conduit and foundations of the light poles on the Downtown Crosswalk Reconstruction Project. Kriener seconded and it passed all ayes.
McConnell made the motion to approve pay request #1 for $1,064,629.07 to Generation X Construction, LLC for the 7th Street West Reconstruction Project. Kriener seconded and it passed all ayes.
Kriener made the motion to approve pay request #1 for $235,468.78 to Wicks Construction, Inc for the Downtown Crosswalk Project. McConnell seconded and it passed all ayes.
Kriener made the motion to approve a sewer adjustment of $69.70 for Richard Parks for water not entering the sanitary sewer system. McConnell seconded and it passed all ayes.
Carman made the motion to change the September 4th council meeting date to Wednesday, September 6, 2023 due to the holiday. Kriener seconded and it passed all ayes.
Carman moved to adjourn at 6:15 pm. Kriener seconded and it passed all ayes. The next regular Cresco City Council meeting will be August 21, 2023, at 5:30 pm at Cresco City Hall.
Mayor: David Brenno
City Clerk: Michelle Elton