Posted: November 18, 2022 | Updated: August 24, 2023
NOTICE AND CALL OF PUBLIC MEETING
GOVERNMENTAL BODY: THE CITY COUNCIL OF CRESCO, IOWA
DATE OF MEETING: NOVEMBER 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 November 7, 2022
- Approval of Special Class C Retail Alcohol License (BW) (Beer/Wine) with Outdoor Service to Fat T’s Café LLC
- Approval of Application for Tax Abatement under the Urban Revitalization Plan for Troy Cleveland
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.
- Elizabeth Thyer from Gardner & Company to Present the FY22 Auditor’s Report
- Discuss the Proposed Downtown Crosswalk Reconstruction Project
- Resolution with Respect to the Adoption of the Resolution of Necessity Proposed for the Downtown Crosswalk Reconstruction
- Resolution Directing Preparation of Detailed Plans and Specifications, Form of Contract and Notice to Bidders on the Downtown Crosswalk Reconstruction
- Recommendation of Library Board to Appoint Cindy Kath for a Term Expiring 6/30/2025
- Motion to Set the Public Hearing to Amend the City of Cresco Code of Ordinances by Adding New Chapter 81 Pertaining to Recreational Vehicles
- First Reading of Summary of Proposed Ordinance 501 which Amends the Code of Ordinances of the City of Cresco, Iowa, Pertaining to Recreational Vehicles
- Resolution Reactivating and Renaming a Fund within the City’s Accounts Fund 319 – 7th St W Reconstruction Project Fund
- Resolution Accepting Work for the Cresco Pickleball Court Project
- Resolution Authorizing Transfer of Funds for FY 2023 – November Transfers
- Motion to Set Council Meeting Dates in January 2024 due to Holidays
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 NOVEBER 18, 2022.
Mayor Brenno called the Cresco City Council meeting to order on November 21, 2022, at 5:30 pm. Council Members Kriener, McConnell, Fortune, Bouska, and Carman were present. No council members were absent.
McConnell made the motion to approve the consent agenda which included approval of the: agenda; claims; minutes from November 7, 2022 meeting; special Class C Retail Alcohol License (BW) (beer/wine) with outdoor service to Fat T’s Café LLC; tax abatement under the Urban Revitalization Plan for Troy Cleveland. Fortune seconded and it passed all ayes.
Public Works Director Widell reported: (a) T&W Grinding will grind the leaf pile at the yardwaste site in the next few weeks; (b) Water Department participated in a zoom training for the mandatory lead service line inventory that will be required by the DNR; (c) everyone is busy preparing for winter; (d) sludge hauling should be done next week.
Police Chief Ruroden had nothing to report.
City Clerk Elton reported (a) reminder the public hearing for the 7th Street West project will be December 5, 2022; (b) a special council meeting is scheduled for November 22nd; (c) budget worksession with department heads will be December 1st starting at 1 pm; (d) we have invested in a 12-month CD and a 6-month CD to take advantage of better interest rates; (e) monthly financial reports were submitted. We are 33% of the way into the fiscal year and revenues are at 36% while expenditures are at 28% so we are right on budget currently.
McConnell reported the Park Board met and fitness center memberships have increased by 23. They are planning a co-ed softball tournament in July. There are 85 students enrolled in the basketball rec program.
Kriener reported that he and McConnell drove to Ossian to inspect their sidewalk project and took several pictures. They have some questions for the engineers and got a better understanding of how the project may look.
Mayor Brenno asked for comments from the audience and there were none.
Elizabeth Thyer from Gardiner & Company presented the Auditor’s Report for fiscal year ending June 30, 2022. They issued an unmodified opinion which means they believe the financial statements are fairly presented based on tests and samples.
Council discussed the proposed Downtown Crosswalk Reconstruction Special Assessment Project. Bouska presented an option to allow a reduction for sidewalk assessments for sidewalks that have been replaced within the past five years as suggested by WHKS. The credit would be pro-rated based on the year the replacement was done and would require written proof of the date of the sidewalk replacement. The assessment for all sidewalks is 90% paid by property owners. The assessment would be decreased to 50% if it was replaced in 2021, 60% in 2020, 70% in 2019, 80% in 2018 and the full 90% for replacements in 2017 or before. Fortune made the motion to approve the resolution with respect to the adoption of the resolution of necessity proposed for the Downtown Crosswalk Reconstruction with an amendment to reduce the sidewalk assessment as stated above for properties that had replaced their sidewalks in the past five years. Bouska seconded and it passed all ayes.
Carman made the motion to approve the resolution directing preparation of detailed plans and specifications, form of contract and notice to bidders on the Downtown Crosswalk Reconstruction. Bouska seconded and it passed all ayes.
Carman made the motion to approve the recommendation of the Library Board to appoint Cindy Kath for a term expiring 6/30/2025. McConnell seconded and it passed all ayes.
Bouska made the motion to set the public hearing to amend the City of Cresco Code of Ordinances by adding new chapter 81 pertaining to recreational vehicles. Carman seconded and it passed all ayes.
Mayor Brenno performed the first reading of proposed Ordinance 501 which amends the Code of Ordinances of the City of Cresco, Iowa, pertaining to recreational vehicles. Carman made the motion to approve the first reading of summary of proposed Ordinance 501. Bouska seconded and it passed all ayes.
Carman made the motion to approve the resolution reactivating and renaming a fund within the city’s accounts Fund 319 – 7th St W Reconstruction Project Fund. McConnell seconded and it passed all ayes.
Bouska made the motion to approve the resolution accepting work for the Cresco Pickleball Court Project. McConnell seconded and it passed all ayes.
McConnell made the motion to approve the resolution authorizing transfer of funds for FY 2023 – November transfers. Kriener seconded and it passed all ayes.
Bouska made the motion to change the January Council Meeting dates to the 2nd and 4th Mondays in January 2023 due to the New Year’s holiday. The meetings will be on January 9th and January 23rd. Kriener seconded and Kriener, Fortune, Bouska, and Carman voted aye. McConnell voted nay. The motion passed by majority vote.
Carman moved to adjourn at 6:07 pm. Kriener seconded and it passed all ayes. The next regular Cresco City Council meeting will be December 5, 2022, at 5:30 pm at Cresco City Hall.
Mayor: David J. Brenno
City Clerk: Michelle Elton