Posted: January 14, 2022 | Updated: August 24, 2023
NOTICE AND CALL OF PUBLIC MEETING
GOVERNMENTAL BODY: THE CITY COUNCIL OF CRESCO, IOWA
DATE OF MEETING: JANUARY 17, 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 5, 2022
- Approval of Minutes from January 5, 2022 Worksession
- Approval of Minutes from January 13, 2022 Worksession
- Approval of Class C Liquor License with Sunday Sales to Cuautla Jalisco II Inc
- Approval of Class E Liquor License, Class C Beer Permit, and Class B Wine Permit with Sunday Sales to JAGDAMBE LLC d/b/a Cresco Mart
- Approval of Street Closing for Portions of 2nd Ave East and 2nd Street East for the Notre Dame School Lasagne Supper on January 28, 2022
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.
- Set Public Hearing on the Proposed Fiscal Year City Property Tax Levy
- Resolution Adopting the Emergency Response Plan in Accordance with America’s Water Infrastructure Act
- Resolution Authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to Enter into a 28E Agreement with Northeast Iowa Regional Housing Trust Fund (“NEIRHTF”)
- Set Public Hearing for Budget Amendment #2 for Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2022
- Review and Possible Approval of Quote for New Sweeper from MacQueen Equipment
- Resolution Authorizing the Mayor to Sign a Letter of Intent to Support an Application with the Iowa Economic Development Authority for a Downtown Housing Grant for Evans Publishing Upper Story Housing
- Discuss Issues Regarding COVID-19 Pandemic
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 14, 2022.
Mayor Brenno called the Cresco City Council meeting to order on January 17, 2022, at 5:30 pm. Council Members Kriener, McConnell, Fortune, Bouska, and Carman were present. No council members were absent.
Bouska made the motion to approve the consent agenda which included approval of the: agenda; claims; minutes from the January 5, 2022 meeting and January 5th and 13th worksessions; Class C Liquor License with Sunday sales to Cuautla Jalisco II Inc (pending Dram Insurance and background checks); Class E Liquor License, Class C Beer Permit, and Class B Wine Permit with Sunday sales to JAGDAMBE LLC d/b/a Cresco Mart; Street Closing for portions of 2nd Ave East and 2nd Street East for the Notre Dame School Lasagna Supper on January 28, 2022. Carman seconded and it passed all ayes.
Public Works Director Widell reported (a) hydrant was hit Wednesday night and damaged. We repaired it and are working with the police to determine who did it; (b) a watermain break was fixed on Friday; (c) Street Department burned the yardwaste pile; (d) sewer plant is having problems with the 30 hp motor so are currently running on the 100 hp until we get parts to fix it.
City Clerk Elton reported (a) RFPs have been sent out for administering the CDBG Housing Rehab project and are due January 25th. A special meeting may be called to review and award a contract; (b) RFP for auditing services was also sent out and is due February 14th. Bouska and Brenno volunteered to review and rank the RFP’s received; (c) Union Negotiations are February 8th.
McConnell reported the Park Board met and discussed options for improvements at the Fitness Center. New fitness equipment options were also discussed.
Mayor Brenno asked for comments from the audience and there were none.
McConnell made a motion to set a public hearing for February 7, 2022 on the proposed fiscal year City Property Tax Levy. Kriener seconded and it passed all ayes.
Bouska made the motion to approve a resolution adopting the Emergency Response Plan in accordance with America’s Water Infrastructure Act. Carman seconded and it passed all ayes.
Carman made a motion to approve a resolution authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to enter into a 28E Agreement with Northeast Iowa Regional Housing Trust Fund. Bouska seconded and it passed all ayes.
Bouska made a motion to set a Public Hearing for February 7, 2022 Budget Amendment #2 for fiscal year ending June 30, 2022. Fortune seconded and it passed all ayes.
Council reviewed a quote for a new sweeper from MacQueen Equipment for $222,215 with an estimated trade-in value of $32,000 – 40,000. Due to expensive repairs and maintenance issues, staff recommended trading in the old one and purchasing a new sweeper. This could be paid with extra LOST revenues received as part of the current year budget amendment. McConnell made a motion to approve the quote for the sweeper. Bouska seconded and it passed all ayes.
Jason Passmore reported he has been working with Dan Evans on his renovation project of upstairs apartments above the TPD building. The project is eligible for a downtown improvement grant with IEDA. The minimum award is $100,000 and targeted for small cities and upper-story housing financed with COVID money. They requested the Council to sign a Letter of Intent showing their support of the grant application and agreeing to be the fiscal agent if the grant is awarded. Bouska made the motion to approve a resolution authorizing the Mayor to sign a Letter of Intent to support an application with the Iowa Economic Development Authority for a Downtown Housing Grant for Evans Publishing Upper Story Housing. Fortune seconded and it passed all ayes.
Jason also reported the Community Catalyst Grant project for the Vernon Springs Brewery is still being worked on. They are working with the SBA and the bank to get updated equipment and supply estimates.
Carman reported 33 positive COVID cases over the weekend. Howard County is averaging over 55 per week since January 1st. More deaths have been reported and the hospital continues to struggle with triage and transfers. Nursing homes are in outbreak status. Vaccination process continues at the clinic with Howard County having over 50% vaccinated. 80% of cases are the Omicron variant. People with boosters are experiencing milder symptoms.
Carman moved to adjourn the Council Meeting at 5:48 pm. McConnell seconded and it passed all ayes. The next regular Cresco City Council meeting will be February 7, 2022, at 5:30 pm at Cresco City Hall.
Mayor: David Brenno
City Clerk: Michelle Elton