Posted: October 15, 2020 | Updated: September 13, 2023
NOTICE AND CALL OF PUBLIC MEETING
GOVERNMENTAL BODY: THE CITY COUNCIL OF CRESCO, IOWA
DATE OF MEETING: OCTOBER 19, 2020
TIME AND PLACE OF MEETING: 7:00 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: BRENNO, 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 October 5, 2020
- Approval of Minutes from October 5, 2020 Worksession
- Approval of Street Closing for Portions of 2nd Street West on November 3, 2020 for the Cresco Fire Department Drive-Thru Pancake Supper
- Approval of Parade Permit for Portions of 3rd Ave and North Elm Street on November 27, 2020 for Santa’s Holiday Parade
- Approval of Application for Tax Abatement under the Urban Revitalization Plan for Trevor Fouts
- Approval of Application for Tax Abatement under the Urban Revitalization Plan for Ryan and Miranda Smith
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.
- Awarding of Hotel/Motel Tax Grants for Tourism Projects
- Resolution Authorizing the Redemption of Outstanding General Obligation Capital Loan Notes, Series 2010, dated November 15, 2010
- Third Reading of Proposed Ordinance No. 487 Amending the Code of Ordinances of the City of Cresco, Iowa, by Amending Provisions Pertaining to Engine Brakes and Compression Brakes: Prohibited Noises
- Approval of Ordinance No. 487 Pertaining to Engine Brakes and Compression Brakes: Prohibited Noises
- Motion Approving the Transfer of Employee to the Street Deparment
- Discuss Issues Regarding COVID-19 Pandemic
COMMENTS FROM AUDIENCE:
CLOSED SESSION pursuant to Iowa Code 21.5 (1) ( c ) to Discuss Potential Litigation Matters
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 OCTOBER 15, 2020.
Mayor Bohle called the Cresco City Council meeting to order on October 19, 2020, at 7:00 pm. Council Members Brenno, 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 of the October 5, 2020 meeting and worksession; street closing for portion of 2nd Street West on November 3, 2020 for the Cresco Fire Department Drive-Thru Pancake Supper; parade permit for portions of 3rd Ave and North Elm Street on November 27, 2020 for Santa’s Holiday Parade; Tax Abatement under the Urban Revitalization Plan for Trevor Fouts; Tax Abatement under the Urban Revitalization Plan for Ryan and Miranda Smith. Bouska seconded and it passed all ayes.
Public Works Director Freidhof reported: (a) documents have been submitted to Zonolite Trust for reimbursement for the demolition of the Scene Shop; (b) Schwickerts Roofing submitted the annual facility summary report for the Theatre. Repairs of about $1,125 will be made this year. Council agreed that in the future repairs up to $1,000 can be made during the annual inspection to save a return trip charge; (c) all the wood chips have been hauled off site at the yardwaste facility. T&W Grinding is scheduled to grind only leaves this year; (d) EPA visit went well and a report should be received in 60 days; (e) we plan to replace seven more hydrants this fall; (f) yardwaste collections have been busy this week so residents are asked to be patient as it may take several days to get around town. Three more collection days are scheduled in the first three weeks of November.
City Clerk Girolamo reported (a) the Cresco Firefighter’s Pancake Supper will be November 3rd with a drive-thru or delivery service within Cresco; (b) the Fire Committee will meet November 9, 2020 at 6:30 pm to do the budget; (c) Council committees will remain the same for now with Rich McConnell taking Steve McCarville’s positions; (d) budget workpapers should be distributed this week with a deadline in early November.
Mayor Bohle reported the CIDC is planning a virtual banquet the week of November 21st but are still working out the details.
Bill Caffrey reported on the final revenue and expenditures for the year ended June 30, 2020 for the Parks and Fitness Center. This year COVID caused a reduction in revenues of $65,000 in activity tickets, swimming lessons, rec fees, and daily admissions. Memberships are down about 50 from last year. Completed projects include the Kessel scoreboard, updated plumbing in East Park restrooms, Ash trees, painted Lodge interior, resurfaced gym floor, painted Fitness Center, air conditioner, front sidewalk, video cameras, floor scrubber, and upgraded LED lighting in all parks and Fitness Center. Over the past five years, the Fitness Center has an accumulated loss of $114,664. They started on the East Park Bleacher Project today and the fundraiser is going really well.
Fortune reported the Theatre Commission met. There has been an increase in rentals of the Theatre providing a little extra revenue. These rentals are not live entertainment but groups utilizing the space for meetings and presentations. Extra precautions are taken for COVID with face coverings and social distancing. Theatre Manager Lickteig spent the day with Chris Nelson, former Chief Meteorologist with KIMT, filming an internet show called “Town to Town”. This will be a good showcase of the Theatre and the City of Cresco. Movie sales have increased slightly but will remain closed on Mondays and Tuesdays due to low attendance. There will be no free movies this Holiday season because of COVID restrictions.
Library Director Kay reported the Library used the Theatre for a presentation and was thankful for the venue being available. The Library plans to open, with restrictions for COVID precautions, on November 2, 2020.
Hotel/Motel Tax of $2,990.61 was received for tourism this quarter. Four applications requesting $5,200 of grants were received. Brenno made the motion to approve the recommendation of the Cresco Tourism Advisory Committee to award Hotel/Motel Tax Grants to: Beadle Park Log Cabin Repairs $1,200; Norman Borlaug Harvest Fest $2,000; 2020 Santa Parade $500. The Vernon Springs Welcome Sign was denied due to lack of funding. Fortune seconded and it passed all ayes.
Bouska made the motion to approve the resolution authorizing the redemption of outstanding General Obligation Capital Loan Notes, Series 2010, dated November 15, 2010. Carman seconded and it passed all ayes.
Mayor Bohle performed the third reading of proposed Ordinance No. 487 amending the Code of Ordinances of the City of Cresco, Iowa, by adding provisions pertaining to engine brakes and compression brakes: prohibited noises. Carman made the motion to approve the third reading. Bouska seconded and it passed all ayes. Carman made the motion to approve Ordinance No. 487. Bouska seconded and it passed all ayes.
Carman made the motion to approve the transfer from the Sewer Department to the Street Department for Adam Barnes. All pay and benefits will remain the same. Brenno seconded and it passed all ayes.
Mayor Bohle asked for comments from the audience and there were none.
Carman made the motion to go into Closed Session pursuant to Iowa Code 21.5 (1) (c) to Discuss Potential Litigation Matters at 7:26 pm. Bouska seconded and it passed all ayes.
The closed session was adjourned at 7:33 pm with no formal action taken. Carman moved to adjourn the open Council Meeting at 7:34 pm. Fortune seconded and it passed all ayes. The next regular Cresco City Council meeting will be November 2, 2020, at 7:00 pm at Cresco City Hall.
Mayor Mark Bohle
City Clerk Michelle Girolamo