Posted: April 29, 2022 | Updated: August 24, 2023
NOTICE AND CALL OF PUBLIC MEETING
GOVERNMENTAL BODY: THE CITY COUNCIL OF CRESCO, IOWA
DATE OF MEETING: MAY 2, 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 April 18, 2022
- Approval of Minutes from April 26, 2022 Worksession
- Approval of Excavator License for Randy Hovey and Casey Hovey d/b/a Hovey Enterprises Inc
- Approval of Pay Request #1 for $13,722.50 to Blazek Corporation for the Cyclone and Classifier Replacement Project
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.
- Tim Wilson from Dixon Engineering to Present Maintenance Inspection Report Recommendations for the Big Water Tower
- Resolution Authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to Enter into a Professional Services Agreement with Dixon Engineering for the 500,000 Gallon Water Tower Rehabilitation Project
- Tanner Bruns to Request the Council Reconsider Installing a Stop Sign at the Intersection of 5th Ave E and 2nd St E
- Resolution Accepting Work for the Cyclone and Classifier Replacement Project
- Discuss Rate Increases for Water and Sewer
- Set Public Hearing to Amend Chapters 92 and 99 in the City of Cresco Code of Ordinances Pertaining to Water Rates and Sewer Service Charges
- Discuss Proposed Downtown Crosswalk Project and Public Works Committee Recommendations
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 APRIL 29, 2022.
Mayor Brenno called the Cresco City Council meeting to order on May 2, 2022, at 5:30 pm. Council Members Kriener, McConnell, Fortune, Bouska, and Carman were present. No council members were absent.
Bouska made the motion to approve the consent agenda which included approval of the: agenda; claims; minutes from April 18 and April 26, 2022 meetings; Excavator License for Randy Hovey and Casey Hovey d/b/a Hovey Enterprises Inc; Pay Request #1 for $13,722.50 to Blazek Corporation for the Cyclone and Classifier Replacement Project. Carman seconded and it passed all ayes.
Public Works Director Widell reported (a) CIT will be here May 9th to do the contractual cleaning of sewermains for everything west of Granger Road and Protivin Road. Letters were mailed to affected property owners. We will try to keep the public informed of where they are working on a daily basis via Facebook, Mediacom and the City’s website; (b) an Arbor Day Tree Planting was done in memory of long-time Cresco business owner, Nick Ruppert, in Beadle Park with several attending the celebration and commemorate the 150th anniversary of Arbor Day; (c) we will start planting boulevard trees in the next couple of weeks and still have some available if anyone wants to request one; (d) the curb and gutter project on 5th Ave SW will be done this fall. BDM and Rustads are voluntarily paying 50% each which follows our standard assessment procedures.
Police Chief Ruroden submitted the April report. Officers presented Eddie the Eagle at Notre Dame and will do Kessel Kids this week. Officers also participated in the After-Prom activities with the students.
City Clerk Elton reported: (a) WHKS will be here Wednesday to discuss the proposed Downtown Crosswalk project and the 7th Street W project; (b) Brian Midthus will be here Tuesday with the new life insurance policy for signatures and packets for employees to enroll; (c) we were notified that the application for the Downtown Housing Grant was denied for the apartment remodeling for Dan Evans; (d) still working on the final budget amendment; (e) quote packages were sent out for the Pickleball Court project and are due May 12, 2022.
McConnell reported that at the Park Board meeting they decided to break up the big $1.5 million improvements to do a few smaller projects sooner.
Mayor Brenno asked for comments from the audience and there were none.
Water Superintendent Drew Zahasky introduced Tim Wilson from Dixon Engineering. He explained how we used Dixon Engineering to inspect the water tower a year ago and prepare a maintenance inspection report. He presented the report with recommendations for maintenance issues for the big water tower. The interior inspection indicates the interior is in good condition currently and was coated with an epoxy that has a life expectancy of 30 years if a cathodic protection system were to be installed. The exterior has several spot failures so an overcoating would be beneficial now while the adhesion would still work. If the paint deteriorates too much, an overcoating would not be possible and it would need to be sandblasted and all lead paint to be captured and remediated. There are twelve additional improvements and safety enhancements that could be done at the same time as a painting rehabilitation project at a lower cost. The bid request will list each of the items separately so the City can choose which of the 14 items they decide to do based on actual cost. He presented a proposed agreement to design the program with technical specifications, prepare the bidding and contract documents, and perform the bid letting and recommendation for award of contract.
Carman made the motion to approve the resolution authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to enter into a Professional Services Agreement with Dixon Engineering for the 500,000 Gallon Water Tower Rehabilitation Project. Kriener seconded and it passed all ayes.
Item #3 was eliminated because Tanner Bruns did not show up to appeal the Council’s decision to deny the installation of a stop sign.
Fortune made the motion to approve the resolution accepting work for the Cyclone and Classifier Replacement Project. Bouska seconded and it passed all ayes.
Rate increases for water and sewer was discussed after additional information was presented for the impact on revenues. After a lengthy discussion, Council agreed that an increase is required due to increasing operating costs as well as costly projects that will be needed. Bouska made the motion to implement a 4% increase for water and for sewer rates. Kriener seconded and it passed all ayes.
Council discussed the sewer rate increase for Industrial Agreement users which currently is only Aveka (Cresco Food Technologies). After a lengthy debate, Council agreed that the Industrial Users should be closer to paying the same rate as all other users. Bouska made a motion to increase the sewer rate for Industrial Users by 8%. Carman seconded and Bouska, Fortune, and Carman voted aye. Kriener and McConnell voted nay. The motion passed by majority vote.
Bouska made the motion to set the Public Hearing to amend Chapters 92 and 99 in the City of Cresco Code of Ordinances pertaining to water rates and sewer service charges for May 16, 2022. Carman seconded and it passed all ayes.
Council discussed the proposed Downtown Crosswalk Project and the Public Works committee recommendations. The Engineers will be consulted for recommendations on replacing newer sidewalks and the full scope of the project.
Bouska moved to adjourn the Council Meeting at 7:10 pm. Carman seconded and it passed all ayes. The next regular Cresco City Council meeting will be May 16, 2022, at 5:30 pm at Cresco City Hall.
Mayor: David J. Brenno
City Clerk: Michelle Elton