Posted: December 1, 2023 | Updated: December 19, 2023
NOTICE AND CALL OF PUBLIC MEETING
GOVERNMENTAL BODY: THE CITY COUNCIL OF CRESCO, IOWA
DATE OF MEETING: DECEMBER 4, 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 November 20, 2023
- Approval of Minutes from November 22, 2023 Special Meeting
- Approval of Minutes from November 27, 2023 Special Meeting
- Approval of Minutes from November 29, 2023 Special Meeting
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.
- Tim Wilson with Dixon Engineering on Project Update
- Resolution Accepting Work for Construction of 500,000 Gallon Water Tower Rehabilitation Project
- Approval of Pay Request #2 (final) for $60,400.00 to BRZ Coatings, Inc for the 500,000 Gallon Water Tower Rehabilitation Project
- Scott Huneke with WHKS to Update on Projects
- Resolution Approving Change Order No. 3 for the Downtown Crosswalk Reconstruction Project
- Approval of Pay Request #5 for $117,611.08 to Wicks Construction, Inc for the Downtown Crosswalk Project
- Approval of Pay Request #5 for $317,753.15 to Generation X Construction, LLC for the 7th Street West Reconstruction Project
- Discussion on Weight Restrictions and Signage for 7th Street West
- Oath of Office for Mayor, Council, and City Clerk Positions Effective January 1, 2024
- Resolution Authorizing Transfer of Funds for FY 2024 (December and Fiscal Year-End Transfers)
- Request to Waive Sewer Charges from Mark Bina
- Possible Motion on Job Offer for the Public Works Director Position
- Discuss City Clerk Retirement
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 DECEMBER 1, 2023.
Mayor Brenno called the Cresco City Council meeting to order on December 4, 2023, at 5:30 pm. Council Members Carman, Bouska, Fortune, McConnell, and Kriener were present. No Council Members were absent.
Bouska made the motion to approve the consent agenda which included approval of the: agenda; claims; minutes from November 20, 2023; minutes from November 22, 27, and 29, 2023 special meetings. Carman seconded and it passed all ayes.
Deputy Clerk Hill reported: (a) there is a water main break on Red Maple Ct that will be fixed on December 5th; (b) will be meeting with the DNR and WHKS on the Aging Equipment this week; (c) the winter parking ordinance is in effect until April 15th; (d) busy with month end reconciliations and the budget; (e) meeting with Joe Braun regarding the fence at the yard waste site; (f) next budget worksession will be December 18th at 4 pm.
Police Chief Ruroden submitted the November Police Report. Harassment and medical assist calls are up. A conditional offer has been accepted and the new officer will potentially start on December 18, 2023.
Mayor Brenno recognized two employees with service anniversaries in December and thanked them for their dedication and years of service to the City and residents: Tim Ruroden – Police Dept 12 years; Jason Miller – Water Dept 13 years.
Mayor Brenno asked for comments from the audience and there were none.
Tim Wilson with Dixon Engineering updated Council on the 500,000 Gallon Water Tower Rehabilitation Project. The project is complete and he is working with the antenna providers on requirements for placement back on the water tower. After the antennas are installed, he will come and inspect the installations. Council was very pleased with the work that Dixon Engineering and BRZ Coatings performed on the water tower.
Fortune made a motion accepting work for construction of the 500,000 Gallon Water Tower Rehabilitation Project. Kriener seconded and it passed all ayes.
Kriener made the motion to approve Pay Request #2 (final) for $60,400 to BRZ Coatings, Inc for the 500,000 Gallon Water Tower Rehabilitation Project. McConnell seconded and it passed all ayes.
Scott Huneke from WHKS updated Council on the Downtown Crosswalk Project. The remaining signs will be installed this week and WHKS will recommend accepting the project at the next meeting. After the project is accepted, the two-year warranty period begins. Council will set the interest rate and assessment letters will be sent to the affected property owners in mid-January.
Fortune made the motion to approve a resolution approving Change Order No. 3 for the Downtown Crosswalk Reconstruction Project for an additional cost of $13,567.50. Bouska seconded and it passed all ayes.
Kriener made a motion to approve Pay Request #5 for $117,611.08 to Wicks Construction, Inc for the Downtown Crosswalk Project. Fortune seconded and it passed all ayes.
Scott Huneke from WHKS reported on the 7th Street West Reconstruction Project. The base of the road has been laid and will not be reopened until it is frozen. City staff will take care of minor maintenance through the winter and any larger issues will be handled by the contractor. Discussion was held about possibly leaving the south end at Hwy 9 and the north end at 4th Ave W closed, but allow access for property owners on the side streets. This would limit the through- traffic, liability exposure, and possible damage to the intakes and road while it settles over the winter. Time is the biggest contributor to proper settling and driving on it doesn’t improve the settlement process once it is frozen solid.
Bouska made the motion to approve Pay Request #5 for $317,753.15 to Generation X Construction, LLC for the 7th Street West Reconstruction Project. McConnell seconded and it passed all ayes.
Council discussed weight restrictions on 7th Street West and want to limit the amount of heavy vehicles prior to the road being open. Council was also concerned about drivers who move the barricades in order to drive up 7th St and WHKS will look into other options for the winter.
Mayor Pro Tem Bouska administered the Oath of Office to David Brenno elected as Mayor. Mayor Brenno administered the Oaths of Office to Gary Kriener, Stan Fosaaen, and Jan Carman elected as Council Members as well as Nicole Hill appointed as the City Clerk. All positions are effective January 1, 2024.
Bouska made the motion to approve the resolution authorizing transfer of funds for FY 2024 (December and Fiscal Year End transfers). Carman seconded and it passed all ayes.
A request from Mark Bina was reviewed for a sewer adjustment for a leaky toilet in one of his rental properties for $863.64. He was not aware of the leak for several months despite receiving the utility bill. Carman made the motion to deny the request. Bouska seconded and the request was denied all ayes.
Kriener made a motion to authorize the Mayor to sign the Offer of Employment for the Public Works Director position with Zachariah Faught. Bouska seconded and it passed all ayes.
City Clerk Michelle Elton’s last working day will be January 31, 2024. She will use accrued vacation until her official retirement date in April 2024. Council discussed the potential for retaining Elton as a part-time employee to answer questions or assist as needed.
Carman moved to adjourn at 6:14 pm. Kriener seconded and it passed all ayes. The next regular Cresco City Council meeting will be December 18, 2023, at 5:30 pm at Cresco City Hall.
Mayor David J. Brenno
City Clerk Michelle Elton