Posted: July 14, 2022 | Updated: August 24, 2023
NOTICE AND CALL OF PUBLIC MEETING
GOVERNMENTAL BODY: THE CITY COUNCIL OF CRESCO, IOWA
DATE OF MEETING: JULY 18, 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 July 6, 2022
- Approval of Class C Liquor License (LC) with Outdoor Service and Sunday Service to Barbara E. Holstrom d/b/a The Pub
- Approval of Pay Request #1 for $86,514.26 to Mehmert Tiling Inc for the Runway Drainage Improvements Project
STAFF REPORTS: There may be action taken on each of the items listed below.
- Public Works
- Committee Updates
COMMENTS FROM AUDIENCE: (This portion of the agenda is for comments that are not related to one of the items listed on the agenda. Comments can only be received. No formal action by the Council can be taken. Those making public comments will be asked to state their name and address, and to speak from the podium.)
BUSINESS: There may be action taken on each of the items listed below.
- Tim Wilson from Dixon Engineering to Discuss Proposed Water Tower Repainting Project
- Request for Sewer Adjustment for Water not Entering the Sanitary Sewer System from Amy Wemark
- Resolution Approving the Change Order #3 for the Runway Drainage Improvements Project for the Cresco Municipal Airport
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 JULY 14, 2022.
Mayor Brenno called the Cresco City Council meeting to order on July 18, 2022, at 5:30 pm. Council Members Kriener, McConnell, Fortune, Bouska, and Carman were present. No council members were absent.
Mayor Brenno revised the agenda by moving the approval of claims from the consent agenda to the business section. Carman made the motion to approve the consent agenda which included approval of the: agenda; minutes from July 6, 2022 Council meeting; Class C Liquor License (LC) with outdoor service and Sunday service to Barbara E. Holstrom d/b/a The Pub; pay request #1 for $86,514.26 to Mehmert Tiling, Inc for the Runway Drainage Improvements Project. McConnell seconded and it passed all ayes.
Public Works Director Widell reported: (a) Bob’s Electric will be at the Sewer Plant to trench in power for the gate and the new pole. The fencing company will be here in a few weeks to finish that project; (b) the 2004 incubator in the wastewater lab quit working and will be replaced this week; (c) the EV Charging Station will be here this week; (d) the public is reminded to keep lawns mowed and that grass should be six inches or less.
Police Chief Ruroden reported: (a) the tornado siren on the big water tower is not working again so Racom is scheduled to look at it; (b) only one complaint was received regarding fireworks this year; (c) Police will be having departmental meetings and attending human trafficking training; (c) Officer Welper is preparing for academy in August.
Clerk Elton reported that Auditors were here last week and now just waiting for the State to release the Audit program changes.
Bouska reported Alliant Energy presented rate analysis webinars. The rates will increase about 7.3% for most of the City’s accounts and the Fitness Center will increase 12.4%. As a comparison she noted that the City’s solar rates have been increasing 3% per year compared to Alliant’s 4.6% per year for the past five years.
Carman reported the Library has had 99, 89, and 235 new patrons each of the respective past three years.
Carman reported the Chamber will host the annual golf outing on August 10th. The bar side of Broken Road is now open. The Veteran’s Affairs and Campsite are donating flag poles near the Steve McCarville Memorial Field sign. Family Fun Night on July 28th at Evans Park will highlight the Pickleball project and the Gaga Ball Court.
McConnell reported the Park Board met and reported that memberships are up which is good for this time of year. Summer camps were very successful and Brandon may be adding a nature camp for smaller children. The Fitness Center is promoting a fundraiser with pledge cards for the 24/7 Track/Fitness Campaign.
Fortune reported the Theatre Commission met with interested volunteers for the Friends of the Theatre. The Friends would help with fundraising efforts and live events to reduce staffing expenses. The Mlinar family toured the Theatre as they had formerly lived in the apartment above the lobby and run the Theatre. They were impressed with the improvements and donated to the Theatre.
Tim Wilson from Dixon Engineering discussed the water tower repainting project. He had attended a May meeting in which he had proposed recoating the tower. In June, they performed an adhesion test and the top of the tank failed the test. Therefore, a recoating of paint would not hold. The project would then become a much bigger project with sandblasting and remediating the lead paint. He also suggested, while the tower is empty and to avoid additional mobilization expenses, that the interior should be repainted at the same time. The estimated cost is about $784,000 with several safety improvements as well as the painting and containment. After this initial sandblasting, primer, and paint, it should be able to be recoated two more times which should last about 45 years. Council will need to decide when to go out for bids and to do the project probably in the next three years.
Mayor Brenno asked for comments from the audience and there were none.
A request from Amy Wemark was reviewed for a sewer adjustment for water not entering the sanitary sewer system. The water used was due to a leak in the sump pump line causing the redundant system to use fresh water to trigger the valve. The water used was then pumped into the yard and not into the sanitary sewer system. Bouska made the motion to approve a sewer credit of $208.93. Carman seconded and it passed all ayes.
Bouska made the motion to approve the resolution approving Change Order #3 for $5,902.64 for the Runway Drainage Improvements Project for the Cresco Municipal Airport. Carman seconded and it passed all ayes.
The claims were reviewed with discussion concerning an invoice for sludge hauling from Pladsen Custom Services. Aveka was billed by the City for the cost of the sludge hauling. Carman made the motion to approve the list of claims including the Pladsen invoice. Bouska seconded. Fortune, Carman, and Bouska voted aye. Kriener and McConnell voted nay. The motion passed by majority vote.
Carman moved to adjourn at 6:45 pm. Fortune seconded and it passed all ayes. The next regular Cresco City Council meeting will be August 1, 2022, at 5:30 pm at Cresco City Hall.
Mayor: David J. Brenno
City Clerk: Michelle Elton