Posted: May 3, 2019 | Updated: October 5, 2023
NOTICE AND CALL OF PUBLIC MEETING
GOVERNMENTAL BODY: THE CITY COUNCIL OF CRESCO, IOWA
DATE OF MEETING: MAY 6, 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 April 15, 2019
- Approval of Minutes from April 24, 2019 Worksession
- Approval of Class C Liquor License (LC) (Commercial) to M&M Lounge, LLC d/b/a M&M Lounge
- Approval of Displaying Cadet Flags for Graduation Weekend around May 19, 2019
- Approval of Displaying Cresco Flags for Tractorcade on June 9-12, 2019
- Approval of Pay Request #5 for $57,993.70 to Cresco Building Service Inc for the City of Cresco Fire Department Storage Facility
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. 475 Pertaining to Water Rates
- First Reading of Ordinance No. 475 Pertaining to Water Rates
- Public Hearing for Ordinance No. 476 Pertaining to Sewer Service Charges
- First Reading of Ordinance No. 476 Pertaining to Sewer Service Charges
- Resolution Fixing Date for a Public Hearing on the Proposal to Convey Real Property to Wemark Luxury Rentals, LLC (2019 Agreement)
- Discuss Chicken Ordinance
- Set Public Hearing for Ordinance No. 477 to Amend City of Cresco Code of Ordinances Chapter 55 Pertaining to Livestock in City Limits
- Set Public Hearing for Ordinance No. 478 to Add Chapter 57 to the City of Cresco Code of Ordinances Pertaining to Urban Chickens
- Discuss Downtown Sidewalk Issues
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 MAY 3, 2019.
Mayor Bohle called the Cresco City Council meeting to order on May 6, 2019, at 7:00 pm at City Hall. Council Members Brenno, McCarville, Fortune, Bouska and Carman were present. No council members were absent.
Carman made the motion to approve the consent agenda which included approval of the: agenda; claims; minutes of the April 15, 2019 and April 24, 2019 meetings; Class C Liquor License (LC) (commercial) to M&M Lounge, LLC d/b/a M&M Lounge; displaying Cadet Flags for Graduation weekend May 19, 2019; displaying Cresco Flags for Tractorcade on June 9-12, 2019; pay request #5 for $57,993.70 to Cresco Building Service Inc. for the City of Cresco Fire Department Storage Facility. Bouska seconded and it passed all ayes.
Public Works Director Freidhof submitted a report: (a) we are waiting for the water tower inspection report and repairing the streets from watermain breaks; (b) sludge is being hauled between rain events; (c) ash trees have all been removed and are now grinding stumps and backfilling to complete the contract with Complete Tree Service; (d) Wilson Custom Tree is also grinding stumps for the City and we are backfilling these; (e) coring out six frost boils and installing French drains; (f) 2nd Street Project is progressing well. CFI is installing ADA pedestrian ramps and Skyline is backfilling as weather permits. Working on a solution to an elevation problem at 6th Avenue. Although the street may be opened up for residents living along the street, it will still remain officially closed until all the work is completed.
Police Chief Ruroden submitted the April police report which showed that they were very busy. They performed Eddie Eagle presentations at the school.
City Clerk Girolamo reported: (a) reminder of meeting on May 21, 2019 at NICC regarding proposed Lazy River/Therapy pool addition to the Fitness Center; (b) Service Line Warranties will be mailing enrollment forms for optional service line coverage; (c) Wendy Lickteig invited Council for a walk-through of the Theatre and Champlin Hall. She wants to point out improvements that have been made and future improvements that are needed. Council will have the work session on May 20, 2019 at 6 pm at the Theatre.
Mayor Bohle opened the public hearing for Ordinance No. 475 pertaining to water rates. There were no written or oral comments and the public hearing was closed. The proposed ordinance will raise the water rates by 4% beginning July 1, 2019. Bouska made the motion to approve the first reading of Ordinance No. 475 pertaining to water rates. McCarville seconded and it passed all ayes.
Mayor Bohle opened the public hearing for Ordinance No. 476 pertaining to sewer service charges. There were no written or oral comments and the public hearing was closed. The proposed ordinance will raise the sewer rates by 5% beginning July 1, 2019. McCarville made the motion to approve the first reading of Ordinance No. 476 pertaining to sewer service charges. Bouska seconded and it passed all ayes.
Bouska made the motion to approve a Resolution Fixing Date for a Public Hearing on the Proposal to Convey Real Property to Wemark Luxury Rentals, LLC (2019 Agreement) for May 20, 2019. Fortune seconded and it passed all ayes.
Council discussed changing the Cresco Ordinance to allow laying hens within the city limits per a request from the last Council meeting. A sample from the City of Waverly was reviewed. The number of chickens would be limited to four and an application must be filed annually. The ordinance would list a maximum and minimum size coop and require it to be at least 25 feet from the property line. The owner would need be responsible to build the enclosure to prevent predators including dogs or cats. Other regulations will be listed in the ordinance and application. Roosters would not be allowed within city limits. Several council members reported they had been contacted by concerned citizens that were against the proposed change. Concern was voiced about who would perform the inspections as well as make determinations between acceptable administration and violation of the ordinance. A Facebook poll will be done to see what the public’s opinions are. Council postponed the decision until the June 3, 2019 Council meeting.
Council discussed the issue of replacing crosswalks, curb and gutter on North Elm per request from Mark Kubik and Roy Gorter at the last Council meeting. Engineers did confirm that if Council does any concrete work adjacent to a pedestrian ramp then we need to make the pedestrian ramps ADA compliant. Council knows much of the curbs and crosswalks are in poor condition but can’t afford to do everything in one year. Council felt strongly that some of the crosswalks should be eliminated. We will ask for recommendations from WHKS on which crosswalks should be removed and which pedestrian ramps would be the easiest to make ADA compliant. We will also try to get estimated costs of removing crosswalks and the cost of ADA compliant ramps. The City will need to limit how much is done each year due to the cost.
Mayor asked for comments from the audience. Kris Riley reminded Council and the public to attend the meeting on May 21, 2019 at NICC at 5:30 pm regarding the proposed Lazy River/Therapy Pool addition to the Fitness Center.
Brenno made the motion to go into closed session pursuant to Iowa Code 21.5(j) to discuss potential purchase of real estate at 7:32 pm. Carman seconded and it passed all ayes. The closed session was adjourned at 7:44 pm and Council went into open session. There was no formal action taken during the closed session.
Carman moved to adjourn at 7:44 pm. Bouska seconded and it passed all ayes. The next regular Cresco City Council meeting will be May 20, 2019 at 7:00 pm at Cresco City Hall.
Mayor Mark Bohle
City Clerk Michelle Girolamo