Posted: January 29, 2021 | Updated: August 25, 2023
NOTICE AND CALL OF PUBLIC MEETING
GOVERNMENTAL BODY: THE CITY COUNCIL OF CRESCO, IOWA
DATE OF MEETING: FEBRUARY 1, 2021
TIME AND PLACE OF MEETING: 7:00 P.M. VIRTUAL VIA ZOOM
Note: Council Members will be utilizing ZOOM to attend the meeting remotely due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The public can attend by logging in to the meeting online at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86005488882 Meeting ID: 860 0548 8882 or by telephone at +1-312-626-6799 Meeting ID: 860 0548 8882
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, 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 January 18, 2021
- Approval of Minutes from January 18, 2021 Budget Worksession
- Approval of Class E Liquor License (LE) with Class C Beer Permit (Carryout Beer) and Class B Wine Permit and Sunday Sales to Jagdambe LLC d/b/a Cresco Mart
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 for FY 2020/2021 City Budget Amendment #2
- Resolution Amending the Current Budget for the Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2021
- Third Reading of Ordinance No. 488 Amending the Code of Ordinances of the City of Cresco, Iowa by Amending Provisions Pertaining to Council Meetings
- Approve Ordinance No. 488 Amending Provisions Pertaining to Council Meetings
- Resolution Authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to Sign an Easement for Ingress and Egress with Jeffrey and Shirlee Haw
- Resolution Authorizing Solutions, Inc to Create A VPN Connection to Allow Network Access for the Administrative Assistant/Theatre Manager and Public Works Director
- Set Public Hearing on the Proposed Fiscal Year City Property Tax Levy
- Discuss Issues Regarding COVID-19 Pandemic
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 JANUARY 29, 2021.
Mayor Bohle called the Cresco City Council meeting to order on February 1, 2021, at 7:00 pm. Council Members Brenno, McConnell, Fortune, Bouska, and Carman were present. No council members were absent.
Mayor Bohle explained that due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, as to protect the employees, council members, and the public, the meeting is being held electronically. The log-in for the Zoom meeting is available online at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86005488882 Meeting ID: 860 0548 8882 or by telephone at +1-312-626-6799 Meeting ID: 860 0548 8882.
Bouska made the motion to approve the consent agenda which included approval of the: agenda; claims; minutes of the January 18, 2021 meeting and Budget Worksession; Class E Liquor License (LE) with Class C Beer Permit (carryout beer) and Class B Wine Permit and Sunday sales to Jagdambe LLC d/b/a Cresco Mart. McConnell seconded and it passed all ayes.
Public Works Director Widell reported: (a) watermain breaks were repaired on Friday January 22nd on 8th Ave W and Division St and on Friday January 29th on 3rd St SW and 6th Ave W; (b) Street Department burned the brush pile at the yard waste site on January 25th and it will most likely smolder for a few weeks before burning out completely with all of the big stumps that were in the pile; (c) Ben Hayek started at the wastewater plant on Monday January 25th and had a good first week learning the daily testing and other tasks they have to do; (d) Windstream will be boring fiber optics crossing 8th St E between 3rd and 4th Ave and also crossing 2nd St E between 3rd Ave and N Park Place; (e) Bob Brown with Hawkins Chemicals suggested we increase our ortho phosphate in our water distribution system, which helps with corrosion control in our water mains, to help address the issues in our NPDES permit.
City Clerk Girolamo reported (a) the new utility bills are now ready so the next bills will be mailed in envelopes instead of the postcards; (b) Upper Explorerland has invited us to an open house in Oelwein on February 25th to inspect a house built by Iowa Prison Industries.
Carman gave a report on the Chamber meeting. The Chamber auction raised $8,285 for the Borlaug Heritage Foundation. The annual Jingle in Your Pocket campaign was very successful with 5,000 of the 7,000 cards turned in from shopping locally. A Staff Appreciation Luncheon is planned for April. There are grants still available for bars, restaurants, and farmers, as well as students for college expenses.
Bouska reported the Regional Housing Authority Board met and, unfortunately, reported a higher number of port-outs.
Mayor Bohle opened the Public Hearing for FY 2020/2021 City Budget Amendment #2. 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 the fiscal year ending June 30, 2021. Carman seconded and it passed all ayes.
Mayor Bohle performed the third reading of Ordinance No. 488 amending the Code of Ordinances of the City of Cresco, Iowa by amending provisions pertaining to council meetings. Carman made the motion to approve the third reading. Fortune seconded and it passed all ayes. Carman made the motion to approve Ordinance No. 488. Brenno seconded and it passed all ayes.
The resolution regarding the easement with Haws was postponed until next meeting.
Bouska made the motion to approve the resolution authorizing Solutions, Inc to create a VPN connection to allow network access for the Administrative Assistant/Theatre Manager and Public Works Director. Carman seconded and it passed all ayes.
Fortune made the motion to set the Public Hearing on the Proposed Fiscal Year 2022 City Property Tax Levy for February 15, 2021 at 5:30 pm. Brenno seconded and it passed all ayes.
Bouska requested that we help spread the word that the sign-up on Regional Health Services website and Facebook through Survey Monkey is not a scam and that residents over 65 years old are encouraged to sign up. The form does request some personal information. If you are called requesting personal information from an unknown source, do not give out that information to avoid scams.
Girolamo reported two police officers and the three fire officers have received COVID vaccinations. Hopefully the rest of the police and fire departments will receive their vaccinations soon.
Mayor Bohle asked for comments from the audience and there were none.
Carman moved to adjourn the Council Meeting at 7:13 pm. Brenno seconded and it passed all ayes. The next regular Cresco City Council meeting will be February 15, 2021, at 5:30 pm at Cresco City Hall unless a virtual meeting is deemed necessary.
Mayor: Mark Bohle
City Clerk: Michelle Girolamo