Posted: November 27, 2019 | Updated: October 16, 2023
NOTICE AND CALL OF PUBLIC MEETING
GOVERNMENTAL BODY: THE CITY COUNCIL OF CRESCO, IOWA
DATE OF MEETING: DECEMBER 2, 2019
TIME AND PLACE OF MEETING: 7:00 P.M. AT CRESCO CITY HALL
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: BRENNO, McCARVILLE, FORTUNE, BOUSKA, CARMAN
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 18, 2019
- Approval of Class C Liquor License (LC) (Commercial) for Southside Bar & Grill with Outdoor Service and Sunday Sales
- Approval of Pay Request #1 for $7,479.00 for Grube Construction for Housing Rehab Project
- Approval of Pay Request #1 for $6,945.00 for Slifka Plumbing Heating & Electric for Housing Rehab Project
STAFF REPORTS: There may be action taken on each of the items listed below.
- Public Works
- Committee Updates
BUSINESS: There may be action taken on each of the items listed below.
- Public Hearing on the Proposal to Convey Real Property to BDM Developers, LLC
- Resolution Approving and Authorizing the Conveyance of Real Property to BDM Developers, LLC, and Approving and Authorizing Execution of a Purchase, Sale, and Development Agreement by and between the City of Cresco, Iowa and BDM Developers, LLC
- Elizabeth Thyer from Gardiner Thomsen CPAs to Present the Auditor’s Report for the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 2019
- Resolution Establishing a Nicotine-Free Parks and Trails Policy for the City of Cresco
COMMENTS FROM AUDIENCE:
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 NOVEMBER 27, 2019.
Mayor Bohle called the Cresco City Council meeting to order on December 2, 2019, at 7:00 pm at City Hall. Council Members Brenno, Fortune, Bouska and Carman were present. Council Member McCarville was absent.
Fortune made the motion to approve the consent agenda which included approval of the: agenda; claims; minutes of the November 18, 2019 meeting; Class C Liquor License (LC) (commercial) for Southside Bar & Grill with outdoor service and Sunday sales; Pay Request #1 for $7,479.00 for Grube Construction for Housing Rehab Project; Pay Request #1 for $6,945.00 for Slifka Plumbing Heating & Electric for Housing Rehab Project. Bouska seconded and it passed all ayes.
Public Works Director Freidhof reported: (a) DNR performed a water supply sanitary service inspection of our water supply system. They found no significant nor minor deficiencies and no requirements to address. However, we did receive a small list of recommendations to consider making. Drew, Michelle and I will discuss these recommendations. A copy of the report is available for review; (b) Street Department has been busy snowplowing and sanding.
Police Chief Ruroden submitted the monthly police call report.
Mediacom sent a letter stating rates will go up for many of their services. They are also eliminating some packages for new customers.
Library Director Cynthia Kay reported the Library will be closing at 5:00 next Monday for a staff meeting prior to the Library Board meeting.
Mayor Bohle opened the public hearing on the proposal to convey real property to BDM Developers, LLC. There were no written or oral comments and the public hearing was closed. Carman made the motion to approve the resolution approving and authorizing the conveyance of real property to BDM Developers, LLC, and approving and authorizing execution of a Purchase, Sale, and Development Agreement by and between the City of Cresco, Iowa and BDM Developers, LLC. Bouska seconded and it passed all ayes.
Elizabeth Thyer, from Gardiner + Company CPAs, presented the Auditor’s Report for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2019. She asked if there were any specific questions and there were none. She pointed out the Auditor’s Report on page 2 stating the purpose of the audit is to determine if the financial position of the City is fairly presented. The audit is based on samples and testing. The audit is not designed to find fraud, errors or irregularities. Based on the audit, they issued an unmodified opinion. They believe the cash basis financial statements were fairly presented, in all material respects. She explained the other pages in the audit report and pointed out some things that are included in the financial statements. One finding of the audit is a lack of segregation of duties due to the limited number of staff. She pointed out that City Hall and Council have implemented several internal control measures to limit the risk but advised Council to remain active and to stay involved over the financial matters. There are no statutory compliance issues to report. Other items noted during the audit are suggestions to work on segregation of duties at the Theatre and also an accountability of the inventory at the Fitness Center. The auditors were pleased that measures have been taken to reduce the inventory over the years and hope that it will continue to decline so it is not a material issue. She then addressed the question of whether the Cresco Public Library Foundation deposits needed to be included in the City’s audit. She pointed out that even well before her time, the Foundation was considered a discretely reported component unit of the City and was included in the audit. Because the Foundation is moving to a separate nonprofit organization, the Auditor pointed out that only checks made out specifically to the Foundation should be deposited into the Foundation. Any check made out to the Cresco Public Library must be included in the City’s financials. She asked for any other questions and encouraged the Council to reach out any time throughout the year.
Bouska made the motion to approve the resolution establishing a Nicotine-Free Parks and Trails Policy for the City of Cresco. Brenno seconded and it passed all ayes.
Mayor Bohle asked for comments from the audience. The Mayor and Council thanked the Girl Scouts in attendance and asked for any questions.
Carman moved to adjourn at 7:24 pm. Bouska seconded and it passed all ayes. The next regular Cresco City Council meeting will be December 16, 2019 at 7:00 pm at Cresco City Hall.
Mayor Mark Bohle
City Clerk Michelle Girolamo