Posted: July 1, 2022 | Updated: August 24, 2023
NOTICE AND CALL OF PUBLIC MEETING
GOVERNMENTAL BODY: THE CITY COUNCIL OF CRESCO, IOWA
DATE OF MEETING: JULY 6, 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 June 20, 2022
- Approval of Street Closing Permit for Portions of North Elm Street and South Park Place for Ridiculous Day on July 21, 2022
- Approval of Application for Tax Abatement under the Urban Revitalization Plan for Kelly and Samantha McCarville
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.
- Review Cresco Tourism Advisory Committee Recommendations and Award of Hotel/Motel Tax Grants
- Resolution Authorizing Transfer of Funds for FY 2023 (July Transfers)
- Resolution Authorizing Transfer of Funds Over-Budget for the EV Charging Station
- Resolution Approving the Change Order #2 for the Runway Drainage Improvements Project for the Cresco Municipal Airport
- Motion to Declare a Public Purpose for the $1,250 Payment to Helping Services in Accordance with the 28E Agreement
- Motion to Declare a Public Purpose for the $3,888 Payment to Northeast Iowa Community Action in Accordance with the 28E Agreement
- Discuss Projects Not Completed and Possible Budget Amendment
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 1, 2022.
Mayor Brenno called the Cresco City Council meeting to order on July 6, 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 June 20, 2022 Council meeting; Street Closing Permit for portions of North Elm Street and South Park Place for Ridiculous Day on July 21, 2022; tax abatement under the Urban Revitalization Plan for Kelly and Samantha McCarville. Kriener seconded and it passed all ayes.
Public Works Director Widell reported (a) Street Department received the new tractor for the mower last week and the sweeper should be here this week; (b) Skyline replaced the valve in the digestor tank at the wastewater plant last week. They will fix the patch in the alley behind CUSB tomorrow; (c) we received a letter of noncompliance from the Iowa DNR. Effluent violations for copper which were corrected by replacing copper piping in the WWTP. Some violations were due to Cresco Food Technologies FOG spills. Four violations were due to bypass issues in wet weather at the lift stations, three of which were the South lift station where we have been working on I/I issues. Nate and Mike will submit the response letter; (d) Pladsen from Waukon hauled most of the sludge out of the digestor building to give us room and time to address the high selenium sludge in the storage tank.
City Clerk Elton reported: (a) CDBG approved the extension until 10/31/22 for the Housing Rehab project. One project should be started soon and the last house will go out for bids on August 2nd; (b) the EV Charging Station was ordered which will be paid 90% by the VW Settlement Grant; (c) Tim Wilson from Dixon Engineering will be at the July 18th Council meeting to discuss the proposed water tower repairs and painting project; (d) WHKS will be doing boring and sampling on the proposed 7th Street project; (e) we will be working with the County and updating the UTV Ordinance due to State Law changes; (f) working on a budget amendment; (g) Auditors will be here July 12th; (h) Twin Rivers Engineering will begin doing the furnace and air conditioner inventory tomorrow. We received a grant from Alliant Energy to pay for 50% of the cost of the report.
Bouska reported the Howard County Economic Development met. An ambulance is parked in Elma and waiting for a start date. Riceville has Wapsie Days and Wapsie Wiggle August 5th – 6th. The clinic expansion is progressing with two new doctors starting this fall.
Mayor Brenno asked for comments from the audience. Jason Passmore reported Ridiculous Day will be July 21st with numerous vendors, including fifteen of the Open-Air Market Vendors, plus downtown businesses and others. July 28th will be the final Family Fun Night at Evans Park. This will highlight the Pickleball project and the Gaga Ball Court in addition to other games and bouncy houses. August 7th will be the Fly-In Breakfast and they are looking for volunteers to work. HCEDC met at Country Winds Manor which is exploring supplemental income sources and addressing housing shortages. New housing projects are slowing due to inflation and high mortgage rates.
Hotel/Motel Tax of $4,516.69 was received this quarter with one application received for $3,000. Kriener made the motion to approve the recommendation of the Tourism Committee and award Hotel/Motel Tax Grant to: Howard County Business & Tourism $3,000 for new regional brochures, updating the website, and marketing with the State of Iowa. McConnell seconded and it passed all ayes.
Bouska made the motion to approve the resolution authorizing transfer of funds for FY 2023 (July transfers). Carman seconded and it passed all ayes.
Kriener made the motion to approve the resolution authorizing transfer of funds over-budget for the EV Charging Station until the grant reimbursement is received. Fortune seconded and it passed all ayes.
Kriener made the motion to approve the resolution approving Change Order #2 of negative $1,600 for the Runway Drainage Improvements Project for the Cresco Municipal Airport. McConnell seconded and it passed all ayes.
The 28E Agreement with Helping Services states that funding will be used for providing substance abuse and domestic abuse services to individuals and families. Bouska made a motion to authorize the $1,250 payment to Helping Services and declared it meets a public purpose in accordance with the 28E Agreement. Carman seconded and it passed all ayes.
The 28E Agreement with Northeast Iowa Community Action states that funding will be used to serve low-income individuals and families through programs and services including: Early Childhood Programs, Family Support Services, Food Pantry Distribution, Stable and Affordable Housing, Budget Counseling, Public Transportation, Pregnancy Prevention and Health Education, Low Income Home Energy Assistance, Weatherization and Crisis/Financial Assistance. McConnell made a motion to authorize the $3,888 payment to Northeast Iowa Community Action and declared it meets a public purpose in accordance with the 28E Agreement. Carman seconded and it passed all ayes.
Council reviewed the list projects that were not done in the last fiscal year. McConnell made a motion to do a budget amendment for this current fiscal year 2023 to finish the projects that were not completed last fiscal year for a total of about $417,700. Kriener seconded and it passed all ayes.
Carman moved to adjourn the Council Meeting at 5:53 pm. Bouska seconded and it passed all ayes. The next regular Cresco City Council meeting will be July 18, 2022, at 5:30 pm at Cresco City Hall.
Mayor: David J. Brenno
City Clerk: Michelle Elton