Posted: March 4, 2022 | Updated: August 24, 2023
NOTICE AND CALL OF PUBLIC MEETING
GOVERNMENTAL BODY: THE CITY COUNCIL OF CRESCO, IOWA
DATE OF MEETING: MARCH 7, 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 21, 2022
- Approval of Class B Native Wine Permit (WBN) to Plantpeddler Inc d/b/a Plantpeddler
- Approval of Application for Tax Abatement under the Urban Revitalization Plan for:
- Mudslingers Inc / Drew Zahasky
- Cyle & Adrianne Courtney
- Holly & Dean Rasmusson
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.
- Public Hearing on the Proposed Budget for Fiscal Year July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023
- Resolution for Adoption of Budget and Certification of City Taxes for Fiscal Year July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023
- Resolution Authorizing Transfer of Funds for FY22 (March 2022 Transfers)
- Motion to Write Off $1,015.03 Revolving Loan Fund – Business Continuation Loan Pursuant to Bankruptcy Court Case #21-00281
- Set Public Hearing for the Proposed Plans, Specifications, Form of Contract, and Estimate of Cost for Construction of Runway Drainage Improvements at the Cresco Municipal Airport
- Request for Sewer Adjustment for Water not Entering the Sanitary Sewer System from Kristi Lepa
- Resolution Authorizing the Mayor to Enter into an Operation and Maintenance Assistance Agreement with Carrico Aquatic Resources, Inc
- Resolution Authorizing the Mayor and City Council Representatives to Sign an Agreement in Accordance with the Terms Agreed to in Negotiations Between the City of Cresco and Local 1068 American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees AFL-CIO
- Proclamation to Declare March 30, 2022 as City of Cresco Honey Bee Day
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 MARCH 4, 2022.
Mayor Brenno called the Cresco City Council meeting to order on March 7, 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 February 21, 2022 meeting; Class B Native Wine Permit (WBN) with Sunday service to Plantpeddler Inc d/b/a Plantpeddler; Tax Abatement under the Urban Revitalization Plan for: (a) Mudslingers Inc / Drew Zahasky, (b) Cyle & Adrianne Courtney; (c) Holly & Dean Rasmusson. Carman seconded and it passed all ayes.
Public Works Director Widell reported (a) the cyclone has been delivered to the WWTP. This is the final piece of equipment for the grit classifier project. Blazek’s will get it installed in the next month or two; (b) mice have gotten into our electrical boxes and chewed through some wires. Everything has been fixed and currently the mouse problem is under control. Plunkett’s may be contracted to service the WWTP to avoid rodent problems in the future; (c) parts for the 30 hp motor have been received so that will be fixed soon; (d) we were awarded our grant application for $1,400 for boulevard trees from Alliant Energy Branching Out Grant. The public is invited to call City Hall to request a free tree to be planted in their boulevard; (e) the Street’s tractor for the ditch mower should be delivered this month.
Police Chief Ruroden submitted the February report which showed they were busy with several accident calls, animal calls, hospital/medical assist calls along with 12 arrests and charges, and 6 narcotic arrests. They will be testing seven officer candidates on March 19th. CPR and accident response testing is also scheduled for March for current officers.
City Clerk Elton reported: (a) we finally received the Tarantula Climber to replace the playground equipment damaged last July and covered by insurance; (b) Mediacom sent notice of a rate change. This one was actually a decrease for local broadcast stations due to an over-estimation of the actual cost to Mediacom; (c) staff is recommending extending the credit for customers running their water to avoid service lines from freezing. The temperature of the water has been slowly decreasing over the past few weeks. Council agreed to extend the credit through this billing cycle ending March 20th. They will evaluate whether it needs to be extended an additional month and act on it officially at the next council meeting on March 21st.
Mayor Brenno asked for comments from the audience and there were none.
Mayor Brenno opened the public hearing on the proposed budget for fiscal year ending June 30, 2023. There were no oral or written comments and the public hearing was closed. McConnell made the motion to approve the resolution for Adoption of Budget and Certification of City Taxes for fiscal year July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023. Bouska seconded and it passed all ayes.
Bouska made the motion to approve the resolution authorizing the transfer of funds for FY22 (March 2022 Transfers). Fortune seconded and it passed all ayes.
Carman made a motion to write off $1,015.03 Revolving Loan Fund – Business Continuation Loan pursuant to Bankruptcy Court Case #21-00281. McConnell seconded and it passed all ayes.
McConnell made the motion to set the public hearing for the proposed plans, specifications, form of contract, and estimate of cost for construction of Runway Drainage Improvements at the Cresco Municipal Airport for April 4, 2022. Kriener seconded and it passed all ayes.
McConnell made the motion to approve a sewer credit of $242.74 for Kristi Lepa for water not entering the sanitary sewer system due to a frozen and broken outside water faucet. Carman seconded and it passed all ayes.
Bouska made the motion to approve the resolution authorizing the Mayor to enter into an Operation and Maintenance Assistance Agreement with Carrico Aquatic Resources, Inc. Carman seconded and it passed all ayes.
Bouska made the motion to approve the resolution authorizing the Mayor and City Council Representatives to sign an agreement in accordance with the terms agreed to in negotiations between the City of Cresco and Local 1068 American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees AFL-CIO. Fortune seconded and it passed all ayes.
Bouska made the motion to approve the proclamation declaring March 30, 2022 as City of Cresco Honey Bee Day. Carman seconded and it passed all ayes. Bouska also requested the City be proactive in reducing the threats to honey bee survival in Cresco by eliminating the use of neonicotinoid pesticides by the City of Cresco employees.
Carman reported COVID numbers are declining. Walk-in vaccinations are still being done at the clinic.
Carman moved to adjourn the Council Meeting at 5:46 pm. Bouska seconded and it passed all ayes. The next regular Cresco City Council meeting will be March 21, 2022, at 5:30 pm at Cresco City Hall.
Mayor: David J. Brenno
City Clerk: Michelle Elton