Posted: July 16, 2021 | Updated: August 29, 2023
NOTICE AND CALL OF PUBLIC MEETING
GOVERNMENTAL BODY: THE CITY COUNCIL OF CRESCO, IOWA
DATE OF MEETING: JULY 19, 2021
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: BRENNO, 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 7, 2021
- Approval of Street Closing Permit for a Portion of North Elm Street for the Norman Borlaug Harvest Fest August 28, 2021 and the Southside Parking Lot August 25-29, 2021
- Approval of Street Closing Permit for Portions of North Elm Street, North Park Place, and South Park Place for the Cruise to Cresco on August 28, 2021
- Approval of Parade Permit for Portions of 6th Ave W, 6th Ave, and North Elm Street for the Norman Borlaug Harvest Fest Parade on August 28, 2021
- Approval of Street Closing Permit for a Portion of South Elm Street for the Cresco 100 Year Wrestling Meet & Greet Event on August 30, 2021
- Approval of Class C Liquor License for Extended Outdoor Service Area to Barbara E. Holstrom d/b/a The Pub for August 27-30, 2021
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.
- Discuss Sump Pump Drainage Project Changes and Motion to Proceed
- Resolution Approving Contract and Bond for Concrete Improvements Project, in and for, the City of Cresco
- Set Public Hearing for Vacating a Portion of Fourth Avenue Southwest
- First Reading of Ordinance No. 491 Vacating a Portion of Fourth Avenue Southwest
- Motion to Approve the Amendment to Appendix 1 of the Credit Card Policy
- Recommendation of the Park Board to Reappoint Dale Ernst for a Term of Three Years Expiring 6/30/2024
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 16, 2021.
Mayor Pro-Tem Bouska called the Cresco City Council meeting to order on July 19, 2021, at 5:30 pm. Council Members Brenno, 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 July 7, 2021 meeting; Street Closing Permit for a portion of North Elm Street for the Norman Borlaug Harvest Fest August 28, 2021 and the Southside Parking Lot August 25-29, 2021; Street Closing Permit for portions of North Elm Street, North Park Place, and South Park Place for the Cruise to Cresco on August 28, 2021; Parade Permit for portions of 6th Ave W, 6th Ave, and North Elm Street for the Norman Borlaug Harvest Fest Parade on August 28, 2021; Street Closing Permit for a portion of South Elm Street for the Cresco 100 Year Wrestling Meet & Greet Event on July 30, 2021; Class C Liquor License for extended outdoor service area to Barbara E. Holstrom d/b/a The Pub for August 27-30, 2021. Fortune seconded and it passed all ayes.
Public Works Director Widell reported (a) the 6th Ave SW sewer repair project has been completed; (b) one of the new light poles along Hwy 9 was damaged in a car accident. The pole and light will need to be replaced and possibly some wiring so we are working with the individual’s insurance company; (c) we will be repairing a portion of 3rd St W due to cracking and concerns with the base.
City Clerk Elton reported (a) auditors were here all last week and will be finishing up this week; (b) Department Heads met with Pat Callahan this afternoon to start the CIP process.
Brenno reported the Park Board met and discussed a lease with NEICAC for parking the buses at the Fitness Center. Memberships are slowly increasing but still lower than normal. Summer rec is winding down and getting ready for fall sports.
Fortune reported the Theatre Commission met and they are preparing for Shrek, Cresco Community Theatre’s play, this weekend.
Mayor Pro-Tem Bouska asked for comments from the audience.
Jason Passmore reported the Norman Borlaug Harvest Fest was moved to the end of August this year. The 100 years of Cresco Wrestling will be July 30th and 31st and there are still tickets available for the banquet. The Fly-In breakfast is Sunday August 1st. The Vernon Springs Brewery was awarded $100,000 State of Iowa Grant so once the project funding is in place the Council will need to approve the contract as the pass-through entity for the grant. The City was also awarded the grant for the EV Charging Station so that will be approved at the next Council meeting.
Angela Bries addressed Council regarding two neighboring properties that are nuisances and is frustrated with the slow process of the nuisance abatement. Council and Staff will follow up with the attorney to get an update.
A request was received from Shawn Saltou to revise the proposed drainage project for Cambridge and Charleston Court to route the drainage through the back of the yards instead of behind the curb. Brent Mehmert explained that this was a better option for the City, will be $2,800 less than originally estimated, and will serve more properties. Most of the project is being funded by property owners Aaron Wemark, Shelly Bohr, and Shawn Saltou. Fortune made the motion to contribute about $2,500 to the project and authorize Mehmert Tiling to continue to finish up with the project. Brenno seconded and it passed all ayes.
Brenno made the motion to approve the resolution approving contract and bond for the Concrete Improvements Project, in and for, the City of Cresco with Mehmert Tiling Inc. McConnell seconded and it passed all ayes.
Fortune made the motion to set a Public Hearing for vacating a portion of Fourth Avenue Southwest for August 2, 2021. Carman seconded and it passed all ayes.
Bouska performed the first reading of Ordinance No. 491 Vacating a Portion of Fourth Avenue Southwest. Carman made a motion to approve the first reading. Fortune seconded and it passed all ayes.
Carman made the motion to approve the amendment to Appendix 1 of the Credit Card Policy changing the authorized cardholder for the Library from Cynthia Kay to Jordyn MacDonald. Brenno seconded and it passed all ayes.
Brenno made the motion to approve the recommendation of the Park Board to reappoint Dale Ernst for a term of three years expiring 6/30/2024. McConnell seconded and it passed all ayes.
Carman moved to adjourn the Council Meeting at 5:55 pm. Fortune seconded and it passed all ayes. The next regular Cresco City Council meeting will be August 2, 2021, at 5:30 pm at Cresco City Hall.
Mayor Pro-Tem: Amy Bouska
City Clerk: Michelle Elton