Posted: September 1, 2023 | Updated: September 19, 2023
NOTICE AND CALL OF PUBLIC MEETING
GOVERNMENTAL BODY: THE CITY COUNCIL OF CRESCO, IOWA
DATE OF MEETING: SEPTEMBER 6, 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 August 21, 2023
- Approval of Parade Permit for Portions of Schroder Drive, 3rd Avenue East, and 2nd Street East for the Homecoming Parade on September 15, 2023
- Approval of Street Closing Permit for Portions of Valley Manor Drive for a Block Party for Robbi & Vicki Howard on September 16, 2023 (Rain Date September 17, 2023)
- Approval of Class C Retail Alcohol License (LC) with Outdoor Service to Barbara E. Holstrom d/b/a The Pub
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.
- Public Hearing for Budget Amendment #1 for Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2024
- Resolution Amending the Current Budget for Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2024
- Tim Wilson with Dixon Engineering to Update on the Water Tower Rehab Project
- Scott Huneke with WHKS to Present an Update on the Projects and Possible Change Orders
- Approval of Pay Request #2 for $196,904.94 to Generation X Construction, LLC for the 7th Street West Reconstruction Project
- Approval of Pay Request #2 for $320,493.69 to Wicks Construction, Inc for the Downtown Crosswalk Project
- Library Director Jordyn Moore to Present the Annual Update on the Library
- Motion to Approve the Updated Credit Card Policy
- Resolution Authorizing the Mayor to Sign an Interlocal Contract for Cooperative Purchasing with H-GAC
- Resolution Updating Electric Vehicle Charging Station Fees
- Resolution Authorizing Transfer of Funds for FY 2024 (September Transfers)
CLOSED SESSION pursuant to Iowa Code 21.5 (1) (i)
CLOSED SESSION pursuant to Iowa Code 21.17 (3) Strategy Meeting to Discuss Union Negotiations Matters
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 SEPTEMBER 1, 2023.
Mayor Brenno called the Cresco City Council meeting to order on September 6, 2023, at 5:30 pm. Council Members Carman, Bouska, McConnell, and Kriener were present. Council Member Fortune was absent.
Bouska made the motion to approve the consent agenda which included approval of the: agenda; claims; minutes from August 21, 2023; Parade Permit for portions of Schroder Drive, 3rd Avenue East, and 2nd Street East for the Homecoming Parade on September 15, 2023; Street Closing Permit for portions of Valley Manor Drive for a block party for Robbi & Vicki Howard on September 16, 2023 (Rain Date September 17, 2023); Class C Retail Alcohol License (LC) with outdoor service to Barbara E. Holstrom d/b/a The Pub. Carman seconded and it passed all ayes.
Public Works Director Widell reported: (a) Street Department has finished chipsealing for the year; (b) Water & Sewer Departments have been replacing concrete patches from sewer and watermain breaks; (c) a sanitary sewer manhole and some pipe needs to be replaced on 12th Ave; (d) Downtown Crosswalk Project Phase 4 concrete should all be poured this week. Phase 5 started pouring curb and gutter today. Crosswalks will be done after all of the sidewalks are finished; (e) 7th St W Project contractors are finished on Hwy 9 so that should be opened up on September 8th. Sanitary sewer has been installed and they started replacing watermain today on 7th St. Concrete will be removed up to 4th Ave next week. Cars will be able to drive on it until it deteriorates too much. After that point, it will be closed completely.
The August Police report was distributed to Council.
City Clerk Elton reported: (a) Niki and Tony are attending several trainings this month and next; (b) the Housing Assessment Grant application was submitted and awards will be announced in October.
Mayor Brenno recognized two employees with service anniversaries in September and thanked them for their dedication and years of service to the City and residents: Wendy Bohr – Fitness Center 26 years; Lonny Lenehan – Street Dept 5 years.
Mayor Brenno asked for comments from the audience. Airport Commission President Jerry Ferrie reported that the grant for the Airport runway rehab was denied this year. They will apply again next year. On behalf of Wayne Maas, he requested that the construction material be moved so he has access to his rented land because they will begin aerial planting of cover crops next week.
Mayor Brenno opened the Public Hearing for Budget Amendment #1 for fiscal year ending June 30, 2024. There were no written or oral comments and the public hearing was closed. Bouska made the motion to approve the resolution amending the current budget for fiscal year ending June 30, 2024. Carman seconded and it passed all ayes.
Tim Wilson with Dixon Engineering presented an update on the Water Tower Rehab Project. All repairs, welding, metal work, washing, and blasting on the exterior of the tower has been completed and has been prime coated. They are now working on the interior where it has been blasted and is partially primed. There will be several coats of different epoxy and paint applied to both the interior and exterior. It is hoped that the paint will last 15-18 years. They anticipate finishing by the end of September almost a month earlier than required. Dixon will be presenting an amended service order to establish guidelines and inspection of installation of antennas on the tower.
Scott Huneke with WHKS presented an update on the 7th Street West Reconstruction Project. They are making good progress and still plan to get all of the utilities installed this fall. A change order will be required to move the drainage outlet in the retainage basin. There will be no additional cost due to the decreased cost of excavation being the same as the increased cost for the change in the outlet structure. Although the total volume of the basin decreased, the change in the outlet will still hold back more water and slow the flow downstream in the 10 to 100-year storms. There will be less room above the outlet than originally planned that will cause an overflow if the rainfall is more than a 100-year storm. McConnell made the motion to approve proceeding with the change order to move the outlet structure. Kriener seconded and it passed all ayes.
Kriener made the motion to approve pay request #2 for $196,904.94 to Generation X Construction, LLC for the 7th Street West Reconstruction Project. Bouska seconded and it passed all ayes.
Huneke reported that the sidewalks should all be completed on the downtown project by September 18th. They will start the crosswalks after that. They will do the north/south crosswalks on N & S Park Pl and 2nd Ave first. They are still deciding on the most efficient way to do the crosswalks with the least amount of disruption for downtown traffic and safety concerns. They will continue to post weekly updates. The pay request includes about $22,000 of the contracted $30,000 contingencies for building foundation issues encountered.
McConnell made the motion to approve pay request #2 for $320,493.69 to Wicks Construction, Inc for the Downtown Crosswalk Project. Kriener seconded and it passed all ayes.
Library Director Jordyn Moore presented an annual update on the Library statistics. They have seen huge increases in attendance for summer programming, annual programs, new patrons, and circulation. They have many programs planned each month so everyone is encouraged to check their website for upcoming events. She invited the Council to join the Library Board in a webinar series for libraries and cities working together.
Carman made the motion to approve the updated credit card policy changing the cardholder name for the Fitness Center to Leyton Bohr. Bouska seconded and it passed all ayes.
McConnell made the motion to approve a resolution authorizing the Mayor to sign an Interlocal Contract for Cooperative Purchasing with H-GAC and approve the Apparatus Purchase Agreement from Toyne, Inc for $420,907 for a new tanker truck to be delivered in approximately 790 days. The Cresco Firefighters will donate a portion of the cost and the remainder will be split equally between the City and Rural. Carman seconded and it passed all ayes.
Bouska made the motion to approve a resolution updating electric vehicle charging station fees to $0.35 per kWh. McConnell seconded and it passed all ayes.
Carman made the motion to approve a resolution authorizing transfer of funds for FY 2024 (September Transfers). Bouska seconded and it passed all ayes.
Bouska made the motion to go into closed session at 6:41 pm pursuant to Iowa Code 21.5 (1) (i). Carman seconded. Carman, Bouska, McConnell, and Kriener voted aye.
Carman made a motion to go into open session at 7:24 pm. Kriener seconded and it passed all ayes. No formal action was taken during the closed session.
Kriener made the motion to go into closed session at 7:24 pm pursuant to Iowa Code 21. 17 (3) strategy meeting to discuss union negotiations matters. Bouska seconded. Carman, Kriener, Bouska, and McConnell voted aye.
McConnell made a motion to go into open session at 7:47 pm. Kriener seconded and it passed all ayes. No formal action was taken during the closed session.
Carman moved to adjourn at 7:50 pm. Bouska seconded and it passed all ayes. The next regular Cresco City Council meeting will be September 18, 2023, at 5:30 pm at Cresco City Hall.
Mayor David J. Brenno
City Clerk Michelle Elton