Posted: March 15, 2019 | Updated: October 4, 2023
NOTICE AND CALL OF PUBLIC MEETING
GOVERNMENTAL BODY: THE CITY COUNCIL OF CRESCO, IOWA
DATE OF MEETING: MARCH 18, 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 March 4, 2019
- Approval of Tree Surgeon License for JK Landscaping LLC
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.
- Erik Beiwel to Discuss Odor Issues from Cresco Food Technologies
- Consideration of Bids for Demolition and Removal of 2 Houses and Possible Award of Contract
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 MARCH 15, 2019.
Mayor Bohle called the Cresco City Council meeting to order on March 18, 2019, at 7:00 pm at City Hall. Council Members McCarville, Fortune, Bouska and Carman were present. Council member Brenno was absent.
Fortune made the motion to approve the consent agenda which included approval of the: agenda; claims; minutes of the March 4, 2019 meeting; tree surgeon license for JK Landscaping LLC. Carman seconded and it passed all ayes.
Public Works Director Freidhof reported (a) watermain break on 4th Ave West was fixed on Saturday; (b) we are going to work on streets with the sweeper and the pothole machine in about a month; (c) we are looking at options for the sludge storage at the wastewater plant. We are full because we did not get any hauled out due to the weather. We have an emergency plan to haul sludge 24 hours/day once conditions allow for application. Mike and Rod are attending a biosolids seminar to learn more options; (d) Barbara Boyd requested an extension to move her mobile home which we will approve as long as she brings in a reasonable plan for removal. Chris Detra owns two trailers and will move them to Landsom’s trailer park if he puts a hip roof on them. We will also grant an extension to move them as long as he provides us a written plan for moving them; (e) working on a solar ordinance.
Freidhof reported that we received five grants from the Howard County Community Foundation for: Downtown Cresco Flag Enhancement $1,000; Kessel Park ball fence $1,000; HCBT website enhancement $1,000; Champlin Hall kitchen improvements $1,000; Fire Dept portable extraction tools $3,000. We were denied grants for the Police Department sign, Library TV and bench, and the City Hall landscaping.
Bouska reported she attended several meetings. The Howard County Housing Committee and the Northeast Iowa Regional Housing Trust Fund will be accepting grant applications for the demolition of City-owned property if replaced with residential housing. The Howard County Housing Study is available in draft form. The Howard County Housing Authority also met and discussed ideas on developing the trailer park property. The Regional Housing Authority reported there are 397 of 470 units rented out. There are only 9 port-outs. There was a lively discussion regarding nuisance abatement and rental inspections. The Howard County Economic Development Banquet is April 9th. RHS fundraiser is April 26th to support chemo services. The CIDC meeting reported two new realtors coming to town after Aspenson’s retirement closing. The Tractorcade will be here June 9th – 12th and they are expecting over 500 tractors. The annual report for the Silver Creek Watershed showed that landowners are only paying 25% of the costs of protecting the watershed (waterways and prairie buffers, etc.).
Library Director Kay reported the Library is dealing with water issues from the ice and snow melting as well as problems of dog droppings that are not being cleaned up on their property. A public service reminder to citizens will be done that dog owners must clean up after their dogs.
Fortune reported the Theatre is having a murder mystery dinner fundraiser this weekend with three performances on Saturday and Sunday.
Eric Beiwel submitted a letter to Council requesting them to consider the odor problems that Cresco Food Technologies has before allowing them to expand their operations. He suggested a probation period be enforced. The Mayor assured him that the Council read the letter and agreed there have been odor problems and they are working with CFT to correct the problem.
Mayor Bohle opened two quotes for the demolition and removal of two city-owned houses from Skyline Construction for $13,620 and Mehmert Tiling for $13,250. The City will apply for a grant from the Regional Housing Trust Fund to help pay for this demolition. McCarville made the motion to approve the low quote from Mehmert Tiling. Bouska seconded and it passed all ayes.
Mayor asked for comments from the audience and there were none.
Carman moved to adjourn at 7:15 pm. Bouska seconded and it passed all ayes. The next regular Cresco City Council meeting will be April 1, 2019 at 7:00 pm at Cresco City Hall.
Mayor Mark Bohle
City Clerk Michelle Girolamo