Posted: January 19, 2019 | Updated: September 13, 2023
NOTICE AND CALL OF PUBLIC MEETING
GOVERNMENTAL BODY: THE CITY COUNCIL OF CRESCO, IOWA
DATE OF MEETING: JANUARY 21, 2019
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 7, 2019
- Approval of Class C Beer Permit (BC) and Class B Wine Permit with Sunday Sales to DOLGENCORP, LLC d/b/a Dollar General Store #2400
- Approval of Class E Liquor License (LE) and Class C Beer Permit (Carryout Beer) and Class B Native Wine Permit with Sunday Sales to Casey’s Marketing d/b/a Casey’s General Store #2511
- Approval of Tree Surgeon License for Rogne Spray
- Street Closing Permit for Portions of 3rd Street East, 1st Avenue and 6th Street East on February 23, 2019 for the Hunger Color Run/Walk for NEIA Food Bank sponsored by Notre Dame Youth
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.
- Barbara Boyd to Address Council Regarding Eviction Notice for Trailer
- Motion to Increase Pledge for NEICAC Funding
- Recommendation of the Library Board to Appoint Daniel Dana to Fulfill a Term Expiring 6/30/2020
- Resolution Authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to Enter into a Water Tower Space Lease Agreement with MiBroadband, LLC
- Resolution Authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to Enter into a Residential Purchase Agreement with Saltou Rentals, LLC
- Review Quotes and Possible Award of Contract for Water Heater for Police Garage
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 18, 2019.
Mayor Bohle called the Cresco City Council meeting to order on January 21, 2019, at 7:00 pm at City Hall. Council Members Brenno, McCarville, Fortune and Carman were present. Council Member Bouska was absent.
Carman made the motion to approve the consent agenda which included approval of the: agenda; claims; minutes of the January 7, 2019 meeting; Class C Beer Permit (BC) and Class B Wine Permit with Sunday Sales to DOLGENCORP, LLC d/b/a Dollar General Store #2400; Class E Liquor License (LE) and Class C Beer Permit (carryout beer) and Class B Native Wine Permit with Sunday Sales to Casey’s Marketing d/b/a Casey’s General Store #2511; Tree Surgeon License for Rogne Spray; Street Closing Permit for portions of 3rd Street East, 1st Avenue and 6th Street East on February 23, 2019 for the Hunger Color Run/Walk for NEIA Food Bank sponsored by Notre Dame Youth. Fortune seconded and it passed all ayes.
Public Works Director Freidhof reported: (a) an energy assessment was done at the Fitness Center. It is considered to be a $3,000 value and Alliant Energy performed it for free. A report and conference call will be done; (b) Alliant Energy also performed an energy audit at the Theatre today. However, this one did not evaluate the furnaces but did come up with a few suggestions; (c) we will start the rezoning process for the trailer park property the City acquired to rezone it as R2 or R3; (d) WHKS is working on the watermain replacement on Vernon Road and possibly doing some ditch work to help the drainage issues; (e) a substantial amount of snow was received this weekend with more in the forecast. He asked the public to be patient as we try to get it all cleaned up and hauled out; (f) a maintainer broke down so we are trying to get that repaired before the next snowfall. It may cost between $3,000 and $5,300 for parts.
City Clerk Girolamo reported she will be finishing up the budget for next year after making adjustments from tonight’s budget work session. She is also working on a budget amendment for the current fiscal year.
Brenno reported the Park Board met and Scott Thomson has verbally committed to donating up to $50,000 for resurfacing the pool and spa from the Jack Thomson Foundation. There was also discussion about adding a splash pad and/or a lazy river for therapeutic rehab. The Park Board requested the citizens to do more research as to the cost of installation as well as operating expenses.
Library Director Kay reported the Library Board is recommending Daniel Dana to fill an opening. The estimated cost of carpet replacement will probably be about $5,000 higher than the original budget request for next year without moving the book shelves.
Brenno reported that he and the Mayor toured the new jail. It is coming along as scheduled and they hope to open in mid-April.
Fortune reported the Theatre Commission met last week. A Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre will have three shows on March 23rd & 24th. This is a joint project with Cresco Community Theatre with Cresco Bank and Trust sponsoring $1,500 of the cost. They are also looking for more corporate sponsors with all proceeds to pay off the Theatre Marquee. The Jack Thomson Foundation will match raised funds and donations up to $5,500. The White Sidewalls, Tonic-Sol-Fa, a psychic medium and many other live entertainment shows will be happening in the next few months. This is exciting as this has been a goal of the Theatre Commission.
Barbara Boyd addressed Council regarding an eviction notice she received. She requested the City to pay to move her double-wide trailer. She pointed out that she has lived there for 20 years and was the only inhabited trailer in the trailer park acquired by the City through the Nuisance Abatement process. The Mayor and Council did not feel they could pay for this as it would set precedence. The original eviction notice was sent in June 2018 but Council extended the deadline from September to April 15, 2019 per her request. She just received her second eviction notice and states she can’t afford to move it. She estimates that it will cost $20,000 according to the internet even though she can just move it across the street. Landsom’s have told her they have a lot available in their trailer park. Council suggested she contact local contractors to get a quote on the actual cost to move it as they felt that her estimate was high.
McCarville made the motion to pledge $3,868 to Northeast Iowa Community Action Corporation for fiscal year ending 6/30/2020. Carman seconded and it passed all ayes.
Carman made the motion to approve the recommendation of the Library Board to appoint Daniel Dana to fulfill a term expiring 6/30/2020. Fortune seconded and it passed all ayes.
Brenno made the motion to approve the resolution authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to enter into a Water Tower Space Lease Agreement with MiBroadband, LLC. Carman seconded and it passed all ayes.
Carman made the motion to approve the resolution authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to enter into a Residential Purchase Agreement with Saltou Rentals, LLC to purchase property for $31,500. Brenno seconded and it passed all ayes.
Quotes were received for electric and gas water heaters from Cresco Heating, Kubik Plumbing and Gosch’s. Excess solar power can be used for the electricity used. McCarville made the motion to approve the lowest quote of $1,310.15 for an electric water heater from Cresco Heating. Carman seconded and it passed all ayes.
Mayor asked for comments from the audience and there were none.
Carman moved to adjourn at 7:29 pm. Brenno seconded and it passed all ayes. The next regular Cresco City Council meeting will be February 4, 2019 at 7:00 pm at Cresco City Hall.
Mayor Mark Bohle
City Clerk Michelle Girolamo