Posted: February 17, 2022 | Updated: August 24, 2023
NOTICE AND CALL OF PUBLIC MEETING
GOVERNMENTAL BODY: THE CITY COUNCIL OF CRESCO, IOWA
DATE OF MEETING: FEBRUARY 21, 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 February 7, 2022
- Approval of Class E Liquor License, Class C Beer Permit, and Class B Wine Permit with Sunday Service to Wemark22, LLC d/b/a The Ox & Wren Spirits and Gifts
- Approval of Class C Liquor License with Outdoor Service and Sunday Sales to The Broken Road Grill and Bar LLC
- Pay Request #1 (Final) for Re-Casing Well #3 for $197,977.50 to The Northway Corporation
- Approval of Application for Tax Abatement under the Urban Revitalization Plan for:
- J&P Limited / Phil Henry
- Randy Reinhart
STAFF REPORTS: There may be action taken on each of the items listed below.
- Public Works
- Committee Updates
COMMENTS FROM AUDIENCE:
BUSINESS: There may be action taken on each of the items listed below.
- Park & Rec Director Brandon Kerian to Present Proposed Pickleball Court Project
- Park Board President Kris Riley to Discuss HVAC Upgrade and/or Fitness Center Remodeling Project
- Set Public Hearing on the Proposed Budget for Fiscal Year July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023
- Resolution Authorizing the Mayor to Enter into an Agreement to Perform Auditing Services with Gardiner + Company
- Resolution Authorizing the Mayor to Enter into a Lease Agreement with Midwest Custom Ag Aviation Inc
- Schedule a Presentation by Pat Callahan of the Capital Improvement Plan
- Discuss Issues Regarding COVID-19 Pandemic
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 18, 2022.
Mayor Pro-Tem Bouska called the Cresco City Council meeting to order on February 21, 2022, at 5:30 pm. Council Members Kriener, McConnell, 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 from February 7, 2022 meeting; Class E Liquor License, Class C Beer Permit, and Class B Wine Permit with Sunday service to Wemark22, LLC d/b/a The Ox & Wren Spirits and Gifts; Class C Liquor License with outdoor service and Sunday sales to The Broken Road Grill and Bar LLC; Pay Request #1 (final) for Re-Casing Well #3 for $197,977.50 to The Northway Corporation; Tax Abatement under the Urban Revitalization Plan for J&P Limited/Phil Henry and for Randy Reinhart. Fortune seconded and it passed all ayes.
Police Chief Ruroden reported the truck is now finished and is being used on patrols. By purchasing and installing the equipment on the truck ourselves, the City saved over $9,000. The new Charger is here but needs the equipment and lights to be installed. Blake should be ready for academy in March.
McConnell reported on the Chamber meeting where Dan Evans’ upstairs apartment renovations on the TPD building were discussed. Grants may be received for some new homes in Howard County. The remodeling project for The Broken Road Grill & Bar building was also discussed.
McConnell reported the Park Board meeting discussed fitness equipment purchases. They also discussed some ideas on a potential building renovation for the old part of the Fitness Center.
Carman reported the Library Board met and were excited they received a $15,000 donation from an estate. Jordyn will be receiving her Master’s degree next month. They also discussed budget items.
Mayor Pro-Tem Bouska asked for comments from the audience and there were none.
Park Director Brandon Kerian reported the Evans Park tennis courts are in desperate need of improvements. The cracks in the courts adversely affect the ball. Because of the decreasing use and interest in tennis, a major renovation to Pickleball Courts has been recommended. Pickleball is now one of the fastest growing sports for all ages and physical abilities. Park & Rec personnel, the Park Board, and local community pickleball enthusiasts have been working on grants and designing new courts. Four regulation-sized, individually fenced, pickleball courts will be installed on the west side and one tennis/basketball court will be on the east side. The overall playing surface will need to be extended 10 feet to the north. New asphalt, gates, fencing, and updated lighting is estimated to cost around $110,000. The local Pickleball group has secured about $80,000 in pledges and grants and hope to raise additional funds. They have also applied for the Howard County Community Foundation Grant and a Wellmark Grant. Kriener made a motion to proceed with the fundraising project. Fortune seconded and it passed all ayes.
Park Board President Kris Riley reported the Fitness Center is also in need of some major upgrades. The necessary upgrades for HVAC system for the old portion of the building is $600,000. The Park Board believes all options need to be considered before investing that much money into the heating system. Mr. Riley suggested setting up a committee to research the possibilities including removal of the old building, constructing a new addition, fundraising, and grant opportunities. This will be a long process but needs to get started soon as the back portion is costing the City a lot of money in maintenance and operating costs. McConnell made a motion to form a committee of Park Board Members, City employees, Council, and Community Members. Kriener seconded and it passed all ayes. Bouska and McConnell will represent the City Council and Mayor Brenno will also be on the committee.
Carman made the motion to set the Public Hearing on the proposed budget for Fiscal Year July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023 for March 7, 2022. Fortune seconded and it passed all ayes.
Carman made a motion to approve the resolution authorizing the Mayor to enter into an Agreement to Perform Auditing Services with Gardiner + Company. Kriener seconded and it passed all ayes.
Kriener made the motion to approve the resolution authorizing the Mayor to enter into a Lease Agreement with Midwest Custom Ag Aviation Inc. Fortune seconded and it passed all ayes.
Carman made a motion to schedule a presentation of the Capital Improvement Plan by Pat Callahan for 4:30 pm on March 21, 2022 at City Hall. Kriener seconded and it passed all ayes.
Carman moved to adjourn the Council Meeting at 5:50 pm. Kriener seconded and it passed all ayes. The next regular Cresco City Council meeting will be March 7, 2022, at 5:30 pm at Cresco City Hall.
Mayor Pro-Tem: Amy Bouska
City Clerk: Michelle Elton