Posted: May 24, 2023 | Updated: June 26, 2023
NOTICE AND CALL OF PUBLIC MEETING
GOVERNMENTAL BODY: THE CITY COUNCIL OF CRESCO, IOWA
DATE OF MEETING: MAY 24, 2023
TIME AND PLACE OF MEETING: 5:15 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
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.
- John Anderson to Discuss Annexation Procedures
- Discuss Traffic Enforcement Cameras
- Possible Motion to go into CLOSED SESSION pursuant to Iowa Code 21.5 (1) (i) 4. Motion to go into OPEN SESSION
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 MAY 23, 2023.
Mayor Brenno called the Cresco City Council special meeting to order on May 24, 2023, at 5:15 pm. Council Members Carman, Bouska, Fortune, McConnell, and Kriener were present. No council members were absent.
Mayor Brenno asked for comments from the audience and there were none.
Attorney John Anderson presented the processes required for annexation. He explained the differences between Voluntary, 80/20 Voluntary, and Involuntary. The procedures are similar for all three but much more complex for an involuntary annexation. The City would probably want to hire legal counsel that specializes in involuntary annexations. Mr. Anderson would be able to assist with legal matters for a voluntary annexation.
The first step would be to review the City’s Comprehensive Plan and update it. Based on the Comprehensive Plan, the Council would then need to identify the areas to annex. The City would need to analyze the cost of providing services to the newly annexed area within a reasonable time. Council agreed to review the existing Comprehensive Plan and then discuss possibly updating the plan during the June 5, 2023 Council meeting.
Per request from the Mayor, Attorney Anderson presented information on Automated Traffic Enforcement Cameras and the status of the legal concerns. He explained the process of contracting with a third party to install and maintain the equipment. He also explained that City staff such as a police officer would review contested tickets and if it is not settled then it would go to the Magistrate. Tickets would be a municipal infraction, and since it would be a civil case, it would not affect their car insurance. No action was taken.
McConnell made a motion to go into closed session pursuant to Iowa Code 21.5 (1) (i) at 6:58 pm. Fortune seconded and it passed all ayes.
Bouska made the motion to go back into open session at 7:52 pm. Carman seconded and it passed all ayes. No action was taken during the closed session.
Bouska made the motion to adjourn at 7:53 pm. McConnell seconded and it passed all ayes. The next regular Cresco City Council meeting will be June 5, 2023, at 5:30 pm at Cresco City Hall.
Mayor David J. Brenno
City Clerk Michelle Elton