Posted: December 2, 2022 | Updated: August 24, 2023
NOTICE AND CALL OF PUBLIC MEETING
GOVERNMENTAL BODY: THE CITY COUNCIL OF CRESCO, IOWA
DATE OF MEETING: DECEMBER 5, 2022
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: KRIENER, McCONNELL, 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 21, 2022
- Approval of Minutes from November 22, 2022 Worksession
- Approval of Minutes from November 26, 2022 Statue Dedication
- Approval of Minutes from December 1, 2022 Worksession
- Approval of Class C Retail Alcohol License (LC) to Big Daddy Hideaway Corp d/b/a Sweeney’s Lounge
- Approval of Pay Request #3 (Final) for $4,665.88 to Mehmert Tiling Inc for the Runway Drainage Improvements Project
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 on Proposed Resolution of Necessity for the 7th Street West Reconstruction
- Resolution with Respect to the Adoption of the Resolution of Necessity Proposed for the 7th Street West Reconstruction
- Resolution Directing Preparation of Detailed Plans and Specifications, Form of Contract and Notice to Bidders on the 7th Street West Reconstruction
- Public Hearing to Amend the City of Cresco Code of Ordinances by Adding New Chapter 81 Pertaining to Recreational Vehicles
- Second Reading of Summary of Proposed Ordinance 501 which Amends the Code of Ordinances of the City of Cresco, Iowa, Pertaining to Recreational Vehicles
- Request for Sewer Adjustment for Water not Entering the Sanitary Sewer System from Phillip and Kim Ollendieck for Dulcie Ollendieck
- Request for Sewer Adjustment for Water not Entering the Sanitary Sewer System from Tom Barnes for Howard County Expo
- Resolution Authorizing the Mayor to Enter into a Professional Services Agreement with WHKS & CO. for the Cresco Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) – Nutrient Reduction Study Supplement
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 2, 2022.
Mayor Brenno called the Cresco City Council meeting to order on December 5, 2022, at 5:30 pm. Council Members Kriener, McConnell, Fortune, Bouska, and Carman were present. No council members were absent.
Carman made the motion to approve the consent agenda which included approval of the: agenda; claims; minutes from November 21st, 22nd and 26th, and December 1, 2022; Class C Retail Alcohol License (LC) to Big Daddy Hideaway Corp d/b/a Sweeney’s Lounge; approval of pay request #3 (final) for $4,665.88 to Mehmert Tiling Inc for the Runway Drainage Improvements Project. Fortune seconded and it passed all ayes.
Public Works Director Widell reported: (a) last week Kyle hauled out about 500,000 gallons of sludge and the rest will be hauled in the spring; (b) another watermain break was repaired making this the fourth of the year already; (c) two more nuisance abatement issues have been sent to the attorney for processing.
Police Chief Ruroden had nothing to report.
City Clerk Elton reported (a) Commander Dodd Franklin announced that American Legion 135 will be presenting local First Responder awards to Sheriff Beckman and Cresco Police Officer Hillyer on December 13th at 7 pm; (b) busy with month end and budgets.
Fortune reported the Theatre was almost sold out with 433 tickets for the Looney Lutheran’s Hold the Lutefisk event. Many attendees were from out of town with some coming from as far away as Rochester and West Des Moines. Cresco Bank & Trust sponsored the event and paid for the radio ads and performer fees. The Theatre brought in about $11,280 and is very appreciative for the Bank’s sponsorship.
Kriener reported that he has visited with the Howard County Conservation members and they are interested in developing the old Boy Scout camp. The City will work with the County on possibly donating the land to the County.
Mayor Brenno asked for comments from the audience and there were none.
Mayor Brenno opened the Public Hearing on the proposed Resolution of Necessity for the 7th Street West Reconstruction Project. Daren Sikkink and Scott Huneke from WHKS presented the proposed 7th Street West Reconstruction Project. The proposed project is on 7th Street West from Highway 9 to 4th Avenue West. The project consists of replacing 4-inch watermain, clay sanitary sewer main, and some sanitary manholes. The proposed project also includes installing storm sewer mains, capping the sinkhole, and constructing a stormwater filtration basin near the airport to control stormwater volume. The street will be narrowed from 36-foot wide to 31-foot wide except the first 500 feet north of Highway 9. The City’s standard width of city streets is 31-foot wide. If the resolution is approved, bids will be received in April with construction in 2023 for utilities and gravel street. The street will be left over winter to settle with concrete installed in the summer of 2024. The Engineer’s opinion of probable construction costs is $3,077,175 for the total project of which about 15% or $455,376 is assessable. Assessments will be due after final acceptance of the project in fall 2024 or spring 2025. Unpaid assessments will be added to property taxes and paid over ten years with interest starting in September 2025.
Tom Barnes, representing the Howard County Fair Board, requested that access to the main gate on 7th Street of the fairgrounds be kept open in both 2023 and 2024 for two weeks around the Fair in late June for emergency access and to facilitate the excessive traffic.
Wayne Mashek, from A&W, inquired about the costs included in the assessments. Sikkink reported the assessable costs do not include street intersections, water main, sanitary sewer, storm sewer, capping the sinkhole, and the basin construction which will all be paid by the City. The cost of the street and excavation is assessed 50% to abutting property owners based on the length and depth of the lot using the Modified Flint Formula. The notice mailed to owners is the maximum amount that can be assessed to each property so if bids come in higher than estimated or change orders are needed, the City would need to pay the difference.
Brandon Plaht questioned why the Council decided to stop at 4th Avenue W since the road will need to be tapered and how long before the north section will need to be replaced. Sikkink responded that since the 4-inch watermain ends at 4th Ave W, the utilities and street north of the project are in good shape currently and therefore it was not worth the extra cost to extend the project. Council is considering and researching the option of closing 7th Street W to truck traffic except for access to businesses on the south end.
Aaron Wemark questioned whether 6 inches of concrete will be sufficient due to the truck traffic on the street. WHKS will evaluate the base, core data, and the cost factors.
Pat Ryan representing Mitchell & McKenzie Ryan requested that Council consider applying some relief for the residents due to so much commercial traffic on that street.
McConnell made the motion to close the Public Hearing. Kriener seconded and it passed all ayes.
Bouska commented that she has sympathy for the residences but based on prior assessment projects an exception would be unfair. Bouska made the motion to approve the resolution with respect to the adoption of the resolution of necessity proposed for the 7th Street West Reconstruction. Carman seconded and it passed all ayes.
McConnell made the motion to approve the resolution directing preparation of detailed plans and specifications, form of contract and notice to bidders on the 7th Street West Reconstruction. Kriener seconded and it passed all ayes.
Mayor Brenno opened the Public Hearing to amend the City of Cresco Code of Ordinances by adding new Chapter 81 pertaining to recreational vehicles. No oral or written comments were received. McConnell made the motion to close the Public Hearing. Kriener seconded and it passed all ayes.
Mayor Brenno performed the second reading of summary of proposed Ordinance 501 which amends the Code of Ordinances of the City of Cresco, Iowa, pertaining to recreational vehicles. Carman made the motion to approve the second reading of summary of proposed Ordinance 501. Bouska seconded and it passed all ayes.
Kriener made the motion to approve a sewer adjustment of $265.60 for water not entering the sanitary sewer system for Dulcie Ollendieck. Fortune seconded and it passed all ayes.
Kriener made the motion to approve a sewer adjustment of $70.69 for water not entering the sanitary sewer system for Howard County Expo due to a broken fitting on a water line. McConnell seconded and it passed all ayes.
Bouska made the motion to approve the resolution authorizing the Mayor to enter into a Professional Services Agreement with WHKS & Co. for the Cresco Wastewater Treatment Plant – Nutrient Reduction Study Supplement. Fortune seconded and it passed all ayes.
Carman moved to adjourn at 6:12 pm. McConnell seconded and it passed all ayes. The next regular Cresco City Council meeting will be December 19, 2022, at 5:30 pm at Cresco City Hall.
Mayor: David J. Brenno
City Clerk: Michelle Elton