Posted: February 4, 2022 | Updated: August 24, 2023
NOTICE AND CALL OF PUBLIC MEETING
GOVERNMENTAL BODY: THE CITY COUNCIL OF CRESCO, IOWA
DATE OF MEETING: FEBRUARY 7, 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 January 17, 2022
- Approval of Minutes from January 27, 2022 Worksession
- Approval of Class C Beer Permit and Class B Wine Permit with Sunday Sales to DOLGENCORP LLC d/b/a Dollar General Store #2400
STAFF REPORTS: There may be action taken on each of the items listed below.
- Public Works
- Committee Updates
COMMENTS FROM AUDIENCE:
BUSINESS: There may be action taken on each of the items listed below.
- Public Hearing on the Proposed Property Tax Levy for Fiscal Year July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023
- Resolution Approving Maximum Property Tax Dollars for FYE June 30, 2023
- Public Hearing for Budget Amendment #2 for Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2022
- Resolution Amending the Current Budget for Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2022
- Review Stump Grinding Quotes and Possible Award of Contract
- Motion to Declare a Public Purpose for the $8,000 Payment to Northeast Iowa Regional Housing Trust Fund in Accordance with the 28E Agreement
- Motion to Pledge $3,888 to Northeast Iowa Community Action for FY2023 in Accordance with the 28E Agreement
- Motion to Release the Recorded Real Estate Mortgage and the Promissory Note for the Revolving Loan that was Paid in Full by Bear Creek Archeology
- Resolution Establishing a Fund within the City’s Accounts – Fund #324 Downtown Crosswalk Project Fund
- Resolution Establishing a Fund within the City’s Accounts – Fund #060 EV Charging Station Fund
- Motion to Grant a Winter Adjustment for a Credit on Water and Sewer Bills for Customers Running Water to Prevent Service Lines from Freezing
- Discuss Proposed Lease Agreement for the Airport with Midwest Custom Ag Aviation
- Discuss Issues Regarding COVID-19 Pandemic
CLOSED SESSION pursuant to Iowa Code 20.17 (3) Strategy Meeting to Discuss Union Negotiations Matters
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 FEBRUARY 4, 2022.
Mayor Brenno called the Cresco City Council meeting to order on February 7, 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 the January 17th and January 27, 2022 meetings; Class C Beer Permit and Class B Wine Permit with Sunday Sales to DOLGENCORP LLC d/b/a Dollar General Store #2400. Fortune seconded and it passed all ayes.
Public Works Director Widell reported (a) Well #3 recasing project has been completed and is back online; (b) the broken private service line in the Webster addition should be fixed this week; (c) Street Department has been trimming trees and cleaning up snow piles in the boulevards; (d) the sweeper has been ordered and should arrive in May.
Police Chief Ruroden presented his January report showing higher accident calls and traffic stops. The new officer will hopefully be attending the Academy in March. The two new reserves are working on their training online and have completed one of six modules.
City Clerk Elton reported (a) Service Line Warranty will be increasing their rates by $1 per month upon renewals; (b) microphones have been ordered and will hopefully be installed for the next council meeting; (c) working with Pat Callahan on the Capital Improvement Plan. Draft copies will be ready soon for Council to review; (d) Union Negotiations are scheduled for tomorrow at the Library; (e) Nate and I are going to Decorah on Friday to meet with Attorney John Anderson to discuss the Hagen easement and subdivision rules as well as some nuisance abatements (f) finishing up with the new budget and current budget amendment.
Mayor Brenno asked for comments from the audience. Angela Bries followed up on her complaint of a nuisance house that she had brought to the Council in October. The nuisance still exists. Widell informed her that we were finally able to locate the owner in January to give him all of the notices that had been returned undeliverable. These are some of the nuisances that will be discussed with the attorney on Friday.
Mayor Brenno opened the public hearing on the proposed City Property Tax Levy for fiscal year July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023. There were no written or oral comments and the public hearing was closed. Bouska made the motion to approve the Resolution Approving Maximum Property Tax Dollars for FYE June 30, 2023. Fortune seconded and it passed all ayes.
Mayor Brenno opened the public hearing on the proposed Budget Amendment #2 for fiscal year ending June 30, 2022. There were no written or oral comments and the public hearing was closed. Carman made the motion to approve the Resolution Amending the Current Budget for FYE June 30, 2022. McConnell seconded and it passed all ayes.
Widell reported two quotes for stump grinding were received: Wilson Custom Tree $.90 per inch; Walton Tree Service $.90 per inch. The quotes were exactly the same. Wilson has the current contract. Widell reported working with both companies in the past and both have done a good job. Kriener questioned if stump grinding goes deep enough to grind the roots to make sure they are not just skimmed off. The annual cost average about $2,500 per year which is about .4% of the street budget. It does not appear that it needs to be a quoted service every year. Bouska made a motion to alternate the work so awarding the contract to Walton Tree Service. McConnell seconded and it passed all ayes.
Carman made the motion to declare a public purpose for housing rehabilitation for the Northeast Iowa Regional Housing Trust Fund in accordance with the 28E Agreement and approve the payment of $8,000. Bouska seconded and it passed all ayes.
Bouska made the motion to declare a public purpose for family development & self-sufficiency and community adolescent & pregnancy prevention program in accordance with the 28E Agreement and approve the pledge of $3,888 to Northeast Iowa Community Action for fiscal year 2023. Carman seconded and it passed all ayes.
Carman made a motion to release the Real Estate Mortgage and the Promissory Note for the revolving loan that was paid off early by Bear Creek Archeology. Kriener seconded and it passed all ayes.
Fortune made a motion to approve a resolution establishing a fund within the City’s Accounts – Fund #324 Downtown Crosswalk Project Fund. Bouska seconded and it passed all ayes.
Carman made a motion to approve a resolution establishing a fund within the City’s Accounts – Fund #060 EV Charging Station Fund. Bouska seconded and it passed all ayes.
Carman made a motion to approve winter adjustment for a credit on water and sewer bills for customers running water to prevent service lines from freezing from January 21, 2022 through February 21, 2022. Customers must contact City Hall and report the temperature of water to claim the credit. McConnell seconded and it passed all ayes.
Council reviewed a proposed lease agreement for the Airport with Midwest Custom Ag Aviation. Attorney Joe Braun had a few suggestions for additional clarification and the Council also suggested some additional provisions. The proposed agreement is for ten years and would allow a cement pad with tie downs and a collection pit. Council suggested a 3% increase in the annual rent. The suggested changes will be sent to Midwest and a revised lease agreement will be considered again at a future council meeting.
Carman reported RHS continues offering COVID vaccination clinics. Governor Reynold’s Proclamation of Disaster Emergency Response to the COVID-19 pandemic will expire February 15, 2022. Therefore, after that the State of Iowa will no longer be under a state of emergency.
Carman made a motion to go into Closed Session pursuant to Iowa Code 20.17 (3) strategy meeting to discuss Union negotiation matters at 6:18 pm. Bouska seconded and it passed all ayes.
Bouska made a motion to go back into Open Session at 6:51 pm. Kriener seconded and it passed all ayes. No formal action was taken during the closed session.
Bouska moved to adjourn the Council Meeting at 6:51 pm. Carman seconded and it passed all ayes. The next regular Cresco City Council meeting will be February 21, 2022, at 5:30 pm at Cresco City Hall.
Mayor: David J. Brenno
City Clerk: Michelle Elton