Posted: January 31, 2020 | Updated: September 11, 2023
NOTICE AND CALL OF PUBLIC MEETING
GOVERNMENTAL BODY: THE CITY COUNCIL OF CRESCO, IOWA
DATE OF MEETING: WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2020
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 January 20, 2020
- Approval of Application for Tax Abatement under the Urban Revitalization Plan for Jessica Alber
- Approval of Tree Surgeon License for Rogne Spray
STAFF REPORTS: There may be action taken on each of the items listed below.
- Public Works
- Personnel Committee Update on Theatre Manager
- Committee Updates
BUSINESS: There may be action taken on each of the items listed below.
- Set Public Hearing for Proposed Resolution Approving City Maximum Property Tax Dollars for Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2021
- Proclamation of Thursday, February 13, 2020 as Iowa Honey Bee Day
- Discuss Proposed Telephone Service Changes for City Hall and Fitness Center
- Discuss Proposed Changes to Ordinance Number 481 Pertaining to Golf Carts and Utility Trail Vehicles (UTVs)
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 31, 2020
Mayor Bohle called the Cresco City Council meeting to order on February 5, 2020, at 7:00 pm at City Hall. Council Members McCarville, Fortune, Bouska, and Carman were present. Council Member Brenno was absent.
Carman made the motion to approve the consent agenda which included approval of the: agenda; claims; minutes of the January 20, 2020 meeting; application for tax abatement under the Urban Revitalization Plan for Jessica Alber; Tree Surgeon License for Rogne Spray. McCarville seconded and it passed all ayes.
Public Works Director Freidhof reported: (a) the nice break in the weather is allowing the Street Department to do some tree trimming and cleaning up the yardwaste site; (b) the wastewater plant is having problems with a 30-horse power motor so we are checking to see if it can be overhauled or if it needs to be replaced. Bouska encouraged them to purchase it with VFD if it needs replacing; (c) street signs have been ordered for the Sign Grant Project; (d) the inventory is done for the Tree Inventory Grant and now they need some budget information so they can write us an Urban Forestry Management Plan as part of the grant project; (e) nuisance property at 601 N Elm has been foreclosed upon and the nuisance issues will be abated and the Credit Union will pay the City for the outstanding utility and mowing bills.
The January police report was submitted to Council.
City Clerk Girolamo reported: (a) busy revising the budget before finalizing it for publication; (b) had a good worksession with the Library Budget Committee.
Council Member Bouska read a statement from the Personnel Committee. The Theatre Manager position has been expanded to a full-time position with hours being split between the Theatre, City Hall and Channel 3 management. Michelle will be reducing her hours and Arla retired from the Library where she was the Channel 3 Manager and Children’s Librarian. Rod has also given notice that he will retire at the end of 2020 so in the next few months that position will be advertised and filled so Rod can do the training for a smooth transition.
Library Director Kay reported the Library had considered extending their hours until 7 pm on Thursdays but they have decided to hold off until further notice.
Bouska made a motion to set a Public Hearing for March 2, 2020 for the proposed Resolution Approving City Maximum Property Tax Dollars for fiscal year ending June 30, 2021. Fortune seconded and it passed all ayes.
Mayor Bohle read a Proclamation declaring Thursday, February 13, 2020 as Iowa Honey Bee Day.
City Hall is reviewing quotes for a new telephone system but waiting for more information.
Council discussed a request to change the Code of Ordinances by amending Chapter 74.05 pertaining to hours of operation for utility trail vehicles (UTVs). Bouska has received complaints from residents regarding the noise especially early in the morning. Discussion regarding how to monitor noise and how the noise was compared to other types of vehicles. The discussion was tabled again until the next meeting so they could get more input from the police.
Mayor Bohle asked for comments from the audience. Library Board President, Patsy Bronner, inquired whether the Theatre Manager position was advertised. The Personnel Committee had consulted with legal counsel to verify the expansion of hours and duties was not required to be advertised. Ms. Bronner commented that the Library Director wished she had been consulted about the Mediacom position and felt they should have been involved. They were also disappointed with the budget cut not allowing the Library to replace the library opening with a full-time employee with benefits.
Carman moved to adjourn at 7:23 pm. Bouska seconded and it passed all ayes. The next regular Cresco City Council meeting will be February 17, 2020, at 7:00 pm at Cresco City Hall.
Mayor Mark Bohle
City Clerk Michelle Girolamo