Posted: February 28, 2020 | Updated: September 11, 2023
NOTICE AND CALL OF PUBLIC MEETING
GOVERNMENTAL BODY: THE CITY COUNCIL OF CRESCO, IOWA
DATE OF MEETING: MARCH 2, 2020
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 February 17, 2020 Worksession
- Approval of Minutes from February 17, 2020 Council Meeting
- Approval of Displaying Irish Flags for Brew & Stew from March 18th through March 22, 2020
- Approval of Street Closing for Brew & Stew on March 21, 2020 for North Elm Street from 1st Avenue to North Park Place and a Portion of South Park Place; and Parade Route for the 5K Walk/Run and 15K Bike Events for Portions of N Elm Street, 8th Avenue, 9th Street, York Street, and 1st Avenue
- Approval of Class E Liquor License (LE) and Class B Wine Permit and Class C Beer Permit (Carryout Beer) with Sunday Sales to WEMARK22 LLC d/b/a The Ox & Wren Spirits and Gifts
- Approval of Class C Liquor License (LC) (Commercial) to Howard County Agricultural Society d/b/a Mighty Howard County Fair – Howard County Expo (Change of Officers)
- Approval of Class B Native Wine Permit (WBN) to Plantpeddler, Inc d/b/a Plantpeddler
- Approval of Pay Request #1 (Final) to Howard County for Vernon Road Reconstruction Project for $200,873.86
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.
- Public Hearing for Proposed Resolution Approving City Maximum Property Tax Dollars for Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2021
- Resolution Approving Maximum Property Tax Dollars for FYE June 30, 2021
- Second Reading of Ordinance No. 481 Amending the Code of Ordinances by Amending Chapter 74.05 Pertaining to Golf Carts and Utility Trail Vehicles (UTVs)
- Resolution Authorizing the Mayor to Enter into a Rental Service Agreement with City Laundering Co
COMMENTS FROM AUDIENCE:
CLOSED SESSION pursuant to Iowa Code 21.5 ( j ) to Discuss Potential Purchase of Real Estate
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 FEBRUARY 28, 2020.
Mayor Bohle called the Cresco City Council meeting to order on March 2, 2020, at 7:00 pm at City Hall. Council Members Brenno, Bouska, and Carman were present. Council Members McCarville and Fortune were absent.
Carman made the motion to approve the consent agenda which included approval of the: agenda; claims; minutes of the February 17, 2020 worksession and Council meeting; displaying Irish flags for Brew & Stew March 18 – 22, 2020; street closing for Brew & Stew on March 21, 2020 for North Elm Street from 1st Avenue to North Park Place and a portion of South Park Place; and parade route for the 5K walk/run and 15K bike events for portions of N Elm Street, 8th Avenue, 9th Street, York Street, and 1st Avenue; Class E Liquor License (LE) and Class B Wine Permit and Class C Beer Permit (carryout beer) with Sunday sales to WEMARK22 LLC d/b/a The Ox & Wren Spirits and Gifts; Class C Liquor License (LC) (commercial) to Howard County Agricultural Society d/b/a Mighty Howard County Fair – Howard County Expo (change of officers); Class B Native Wine Permit (WBN) to Plantpeddler, Inc d/b/a Plantpeddler; pay request #1 (final) to Howard County for Vernon Road Reconstruction Project for $200,873.86. Bouska seconded and it passed all ayes.
Public Works Director Freidhof submitted a report: (a) Northway will be here this week to re-case well #3; (b) Sewer Department is having problems getting the digestors to settle and decant; (c) Street Department is working on the pot hole machine, sweeper, and vac truck getting ready for spring work. They may start sweeping streets this week and they picked up a load of cold mix to start filling potholes.
Police Chief Ruroden submitted the monthly police report. Domestic disturbances were higher but mostly verbal complaints rather than physical. Medical assistance calls were also higher. They had twelve narcotic arrests for the month.
City Clerk Girolamo reported: (a) Census information should be coming out this month and everyone is encouraged to file it as soon as possible; (b) Service Line Warranties of America reported they have 280 sewer line policies and 265 water policies. They have completed 195 jobs in Cresco for over $140,000. They will start offering in-home plumbing and drainage coverage which will not have anything to do with the City nor be endorsed by the City; (c) now that the budget is finished, we are catching up on other projects.
Mayor Bohle reported he received an email from a pilot that had an emergency landing at the airport. He thanked Police Officer Brandau and Airport Manager Clair Pecinovsky who went out of their way to help him out after having engine problems.
Mayor Bohle opened the public hearing for the proposed Resolution Approving City Maximum Property Tax Dollars for fiscal year ending June 30, 2021. Brenno asked what happens if the Fitness Center or Theatre comes in with a loss at the end of the year. Girolamo explained the Fitness Center has a reserve of $20,000 local option sales tax that is transferred in if needed. The Theatre and other departments would use General Fund reserves if a loss occurs. Carman asked if the Theatre Manager’s hours were flexible. They are going to vary each week and will be split between Theatre, City Hall and Mediacom to keep it at a combined total of 40 hours to avoid overtime. Bouska asked Girolamo to explain this new public hearing and resolution. The Legislature felt local governments needed to be more transparent. When property tax revenues increase more than 2% over the prior year property tax revenues, a public hearing needs to be held and a resolution be approved by at least 2/3 of the Council. There were no other written or oral comments and the public hearing was closed.
Bouska made the motion to approve the Resolution Approving Maximum Property Tax Dollars for FYE June 30, 2021. Brenno seconded and it passed all ayes.
Mayor Bohle performed the second reading of Ordinance No. 481 amending the Code of Ordinances by amending Chapter 74.05 pertaining to Golf Carts and Utility Trail Vehicles (UTVs). Carman made a motion to approve the second reading. Brenno seconded. Brenno and Carman voted aye. Bouska voted nay. The motion passed by majority vote. Bouska noted her objection was to the UTV hours of operation and noise enforcement. The ordinance amendment only removes the requirement of a flag and slow-moving sign for UTVs.
Bouska made the motion to approve the Resolution Authorizing the Mayor to enter into a Rental Service Agreement with City Laundering Co. Carman seconded and it passed all ayes.
Mayor Bohle asked for comments from the audience and there were none.
Bouska made a motion to go into closed session pursuant to Iowa Code 21.5 (j) to discuss potential purchase of real estate at 7:13 pm. Brenno seconded and it passed all ayes. Carman made a motion to go back into open session at 7:31 pm. Bouska seconded and it passed all ayes. There was no formal action taken during the closed session.
Brenno asked for clarifications on the current and next year’s Theatre budget and the proposed scene shop replacement. Carman inquired about the results of the employee survey which the Personnel Committee is summarizing.
Bouska moved to adjourn at 7:45 pm. Brenno seconded and it passed all ayes. The next regular Cresco City Council meeting will be March 16, 2020, at 7:00 pm at Cresco City Hall.
Mayor Mark Bohle
City Clerk Michelle Girolamo