Posted: May 17, 2020 | Updated: September 11, 2023
NOTICE AND CALL OF PUBLIC ELECTRONIC MEETING
GOVERNMENTAL BODY: THE CITY COUNCIL OF CRESCO, IOWA
DATE OF MEETING: MAY 18, 2020
TIME AND PLACE OF MEETING: 7:00 P.M. Join with Google Meet (see log-in below)
Note: Council Members will be utilizing Google Meet to attend the meeting remotely due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The public can attend by logging in to the meeting by computer via
meet.google.com/fye-soer-nnx or by telephone +1 385-645-8042 (PIN: 341 771 650#)
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 May 4, 2020
- Approval of Minutes from May 13, 2020 Work Session
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 Ordinance No. 482 Amending the Code of Ordinances of the City of Cresco, Iowa, by Adding Provisions Pertaining to Mobile Food Units
- Second Reading of Summary of Ordinance No. 482 Amending the Code of Ordinances of the City of Cresco, Iowa, by Adding Provisions Pertaining to Mobile Food Units
- Approval of Resolution Authorizing Transfer of Funds for FY2020 (May Transfers)
- Discuss Issues Regarding COVID-19 Pandemic
- Motion to Approve Revolving Loan Fund Business Continuation Loans (2nd Round)
- Approval of Resolution to Waive Charges Due to COVID-19 for June 2020
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 MAY 17, 2020.
Mayor Pro-Tem Bouska called the Cresco City Council meeting to order on May 18, 2020, at 7:05 pm via electronic means. Council Members Brenno, McCarville, Fortune, Bouska, and Carman were present. No council members were absent.
Bouska explained that due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, as to protect the employees, council members, and the public, the meeting is being held electronically. The log-in is available through meet.google.com/fye-soer-nnx or by telephone +1 385-645-8042 (PIN: 341 771 650#).
Carman made the motion to approve the consent agenda which included approval of the: agenda; claims; minutes of the May 4th and 13th, 2020 meetings. Brenno seconded and it passed all ayes.
Public Works Director Freidhof reported: (a) the Vernon Road project should be finished this week; (b) we started planting the 79 trees today. Everyone who requested a tree will get at least one planted in their boulevard; (c) Memorial Tree Plantings will be done on May 19th with a tree to be planted at the sewer plant in memory of long-time Sewer employee, Loel Lienhard and on May 20th will plant a tree at the football field in memory of Ken Becker, Sports Editor at TPD and long-time member of the Cresco Tree Committee and a tree will also be planted at East Park in memory of long-time employee of the City, Dennis Cauwels, who was in charge of planting trees as the PWD for many years; (d) we will monitor water usage to determine the impact on utility billing revenues. The total gallons pumped appears to be relatively normal for now.
City Clerk Girolamo reported 525 coupons were redeemed in the ACH promotion. This was a very effective program and we have definitely seen an impact in the reduction of time for processing payments. The budget amendment has been posted and will be reflected in the May Financial Statements.
Mayor Pro-Tem Bouska opened the Public Hearing for Ordinance No. 482 amending the Code of Ordinances of the City of Cresco, Iowa, by adding provisions pertaining to mobile food units. There were no written or oral comments. The public hearing was closed. Girolamo performed the second reading of the summary of Ordinance No. 482 pertaining to mobile food units. Carman made the motion to approve the second reading. Brenno seconded and it passed all ayes.
McCarville made the motion to approve the resolution authorizing transfer of funds for FY2020 (May Transfers). Carman seconded and it passed all ayes.
Girolamo reported the Fitness Center and Library opened today. Freidhof requested permission from Council to proceed with fixing the shut-off at a residence that habitually needs to have the water shut off due to non-payment. Although we are currently not shutting off water due to the pandemic, we will eventually start again. The account has a past due amount of about $350. The repair will cost about $600 and will be added to their bill or be assessed. Letters had been mailed earlier and the deadline for the property owner to fix the shut-off was today. Council unanimously agreed to proceed with repairing it and charging it to the property owner.
Library Director Kay reported the Library was very quiet today for their reopening. Freidhof reported that the Fitness Center also appeared to be quiet today as well.
Mayor Bohle reported the Loan Committee met to review the applications for the second round of Revolving Loan Fund Business Continuation Loans. Eight applications were received from: A&J’s Construction; Bethany Housewares; Cresco Shopper; Evans Publishing/Cresco TPD; Hair Company Salon & Spa; McAllister Catering & Heritage Events; Ox & Wren Spirits & Gifts; West End Clippers. The Loan Committee recommended awarding $5,000 loan to each of the applicants. Carman made the motion to approve Revolving Loan Fund Business Continuation Loans for eight Cresco businesses for a total of $40,000. Fortune seconded and it passed all ayes. The terms will be interest free until January 1, 2021, and then accrue at a 1% interest rate. Repayment will be monthly beginning January 15, 2021 for three years.
The Fitness Center estimates lost revenue of about $85,000 from waiving March and April membership dues and lost revenue due to closure. The Fitness Center is now open but the swimming pool and locker rooms are still closed. Carman made a motion to approve a resolution waiving the fees for Northeast Iowa Agency on Aging for the June rent for the mealsite. The Fitness Center dues will no longer be waived. Bouska seconded and it passed all ayes.
Mayor Bohle asked for comments from the audience. Kay reported the concrete project should be finished this week.
Carman moved to adjourn at 7:28 pm. Bouska seconded and it passed all ayes. The next regular Cresco City Council meeting will be June 1, 2020, at 7:00 pm at Cresco City Hall unless an electronic meeting is deemed necessary. Telephone and log-in information will be made available for an electronic meeting.
Mayor Mark Bohle
City Clerk Michelle Girolamo