Posted: July 2, 2021 | Updated: August 29, 2023
NOTICE AND CALL OF PUBLIC MEETING
GOVERNMENTAL BODY: THE CITY COUNCIL OF CRESCO, IOWA
DATE OF MEETING: JULY 7, 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 June 21, 2021
- Approval of Special Class C Liquor License for Extended Outdoor Service Area to Atomic Pizza Pub LLC d/b/a Atomic Pizza Pub for July 17, 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.
- Review Quotes for Concrete Improvements Project and Possible Award of Contract
- Review Cresco Tourism Advisory Committee Recommendations and Award of Hotel/Motel Tax Grants
- Review Quotes for Excavation Contract for July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022 and Possible Award of Contract
- Resolution Authorizing the Cresco Public Library Director to sign Documents and File Necessary Paperwork for the American Rescue Plan Act
- Resolution Authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to Enter into a Standard Professional Services Agreement with Callahan Municipal Consultants LLC
- Set Worksession for Capital Improvement Planning for July 19, 2021
- Request for Sewer Adjustment for Water not Entering the Sanitary Sewer System from Connie Bourassa
- Motion to Approve a Promissory Note for Connie Bourassa Using the Revolving Loan Fund
- Resolution Authorizing Transfer of Funds for FY 2022 (July Transfers)
- Recommendation of Boards and Commissions to Appoint Members for a Term of Three Years Expiring 6/30/2024:
- Planning & Zoning Commssion to Appoint Brady Norman (to Replace George Willis)
- Planning & Zoning Commssion to Appoint Annette Trachta (to Allison Holten)
- Planning & Zoning Commssion to Appoint Dean Lickteig (to Replace Bruce Kingsley)
- Discuss November 2, 2021 City Election
- Motion to Add a Public Measure to the City Ballot to Reduce the Number of Library Board of Trustees from Nine to Seven
- Discuss Chapter 122 of the City of Cresco Code of Ordinances Pertaining to Peddlers, Solicitors and Transient Merchants
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 2, 2021.
Mayor Bohle called the Cresco City Council meeting to order on July 7, 2021, at 5:30 pm. Council Members McConnell, Fortune, Bouska, and Carman were present. Council Member Brenno was absent.
Carman made the motion to approve the consent agenda which included approval of the: agenda; claims; minutes from June 21, 2021 meeting; Special Class C Liquor License for extended outdoor service area to Atomic Pizza Pub LLC d/b/a Atomic Pizza Pub for July 17, 2021. Bouska seconded and it passed all ayes.
Police Chief Ruroden submitted the June Police report. The Fair went well last week with large crowds. The 4th of July also went pretty good. An Officer assisted the State Patrol on a STEP project on Highway 63 making 34 stops in three hours.
City Clerk Girolamo reported (a) the 6th Ave SW sanitary sewer repair project should be finished this week; (b) chip sealing will be starting and residents are reminded to be patient and not to drive around the flaggers through the hot oil; (c) the water tower inspection report was emailed to Council; (d) the yearend has been tied out and reports sent to the auditors. Auditors will be at City Hall next week; (e) Black Hills Energy is going to the IUB to request an increase in base rates of 13% residential and 29% non-residential.
Bouska reported the Howard County Economic Development met. There are many local celebrations planned in the next few months in Howard County. Elma is getting an EMS station. The Fair was very successful and the livestock auction set a new record.
Library Director Jordyn MacDonald reported on several summer library programming. The book sale will be at the Featherlite Center next week. WIFI will now be available 24/7 at the library.
Mayor Bohle asked for comments from the audience and there were none.
Quotes for four concrete projects including the library entryway, City Hall parking lot, City Hall sidewalk to be made ADA compliant, and Fire Station apron were reviewed. Only one was received from Mehmert Tiling for $79,350.39. Bouska made the motion to accept the quote from Mehmert Tiling and award the contract. Fortune seconded and it passed all ayes.
Hotel/Motel Tax of $4,011.28 was received this quarter with six applications received for $10,000. Fortune made the motion to approve the recommendation of the Tourism Committee and award $7,250 Hotel/Motel Tax Grants to: Cresco Police Department $2,250 for Cresco’s Night Out; 100th Anniversary Wrestling Committee $1,000 for 100 years of CHS Wrestling Project; Cresco Public Library $1,000 for Storywalk on Howard County Trail; Howard County Business & Tourism $2,000 for marketing; Cresco Theatre $1,000 for 80’s Block Party. The request from Howard County Historical Society for the Kellow House project was declined but encouraged to reapply after they finalize their Beadle Park Log Cabin project. McConnell seconded and it passed all ayes.
Two quotes for the FY2022 Excavation Contract were analyzed. The request letter did not specify pricing for additional items so the original quotes were used for prices per hour: Mehmert Tiling $90 Backhoe and $160 Excavator; Skyline Construction $90 Backhoe and $150 Excavator. Carman made the motion to approve the quote from Skyline Construction and award the contract for FY22. Bouska seconded and it passed all ayes.
The Library is eligible to apply for a grant for the Storywalk Project. The City must pay the expenses initially and the grant will reimburse eligible expenses. The Library is applying for other grants and donations to pay the remainder of the project. Carman made the motion to approve the resolution authorizing the Cresco Public Library Director to sign documents and file necessary paperwork for the American Rescue Plan Act. Fortune seconded and it passed all ayes.
Bouska made the motion to approve the resolution authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to enter into a Standard Professional Services Agreement with Callahan Municipal Consultants LLC. McConnell seconded and it passed all ayes.
Pat Callahan will meet with all Department Heads on July 19th at 3:00 pm for Capital Improvement Planning. The Council will meet with him in a worksession immediately following the regular 5:30 pm Council meeting on July 19, 2021. Everyone was reminded to make a list of potential projects.
Bouska made the motion to approve a request for sewer adjustment for water not entering the sanitary sewer system from Connie Bourassa for $15.28. Fortune seconded and it passed all ayes.
Bouska made the motion to approve a Promissory Note for Connie Bourassa using the Revolving Loan Fund. Carman seconded and it passed all ayes.
Carman made the motion to approve the resolution authorizing the transfer of funds for FY 2022 (July Transfers). McConnell seconded and it passed all ayes.
Carman made the motion to approve the recommendation of the Planning and Zoning Commission to appoint Brady Norman, Annette Trachta, and Dean Lickteig for terms of three years expiring 6/30/2024. Fortune seconded and it passed all ayes.
City positions that will be up for election on November 2, 2021 are the Mayor (Mark Bohle), Council Ward 2 (Amy Bouska), and Council At-Large (Rich McConnell). The mayor is a two-year term and both council positions are four-year terms. The Affidavit of Candidacy with at least 25 eligible signatures for the nomination petition must be filed with the Howard County Auditor at the Courthouse between 8/23/21 and 9/16/21. Bohle and Bouska both stated they would not be running for re-election of their positions. Bohle encouraged candidates to learn about the duties and responsibilities of the positions. He also stated that the Mayor position takes a lot of time and includes traveling for meetings outside the city.
Fortune made the motion to add a Public Measure to the City Ballot to reduce the number of Library Board of Trustees from nine to seven members. Bouska seconded and it passed all ayes.
The Mayor questioned whether the City’s Ordinance pertaining to Peddlers, Solicitors and Transient Merchants should be revised to disallow door-to-door sales. Council felt that as long as all requirements for the application process are met and fees are paid, the license should be approved to allow the sales.
Carman moved to adjourn the Council Meeting at 6:04 pm. Bouska seconded and it passed all ayes. The next regular Cresco City Council meeting will be July 19, 2021, at 5:30 pm at Cresco City Hall.
Mayor: Mark Bohle
City Clerk: Michelle Elton