Posted: September 30, 2022 | Updated: August 24, 2023
NOTICE AND CALL OF PUBLIC MEETING
GOVERNMENTAL BODY: THE CITY COUNCIL OF CRESCO, IOWA
DATE OF MEETING: OCTOBER 3, 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 September 19, 2022
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.
- Review Cresco Tourism Advisory Committee Recommendations and Award of Hotel/Motel Tax Grants
- Resolution Establishing Electric Vehicle Charging Station Fees
- Motion to Authorize the City Clerk to Sign an Offer of Employment for the Billing Clerk Position
- Discuss Hawkeye Recycling Proposal and Possible Motion to Approve
- Motion to Approve the Application for Authorized Collector for Dumpster Services of Non-Recyclable Waste Collection for Commercial and Industrial Customers
- Discuss and Possible Motion to Approve a Vacation Carryover Request
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 SEPTEMBER 30, 2022.
Mayor Brenno called the Cresco City Council meeting to order on October 3, 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 September 19, 2022. Bouska seconded and it passed all ayes.
Public Works Director Widell reported: (a) another watermain leak on 4th Street West on a short stub that is in very poor condition. Mehmert’s is working on a quote to replace the 275 feet; (b) Water Department is flushing hydrants this week so there could be some rusty water around town; (c) today was the first day for the Fall yard waste pick up with four more dates ending November 14th.
Police Chief Ruroden presented the September call report and noted there have been raccoons with distemper. Officer trainings will be done in October. They are anxious for Officer Welper’s graduation from the Academy next month.
City Clerk Elton reported: (a) the CIP should be ready this week to email to Council for ranking projects and then a worksession may be needed to discuss. Bouska reported October 13th a free all-day session in Calmar for electric vehicles aimed at business owners but also addressing individual concerns as well. October 17th at 5 pm there will be dedication of the City’s new EV Charging Station in Fareway’s parking lot before the regular Council meeting.
Brenno reported that he, Rich and Amy met with Bud Johnson at the Pickleball Courts to thank him for his $20,000 grant for the project. Everyone is excited for how the project turned out and all the generous donations received.
Bouska reported that she and Niki both attended the Iowa League of Cities in Waterloo.
Mayor Brenno asked for comments from the audience. Deb Schmidt voiced concerns regarding the cost of recycling. Dodd Franklin addressed the problem when there is excess recycling that used to be dropped off at the recycling center. Mayor Brenno explained that the City and County are exploring options for recycling.
Hotel/Motel Tax of $6,220.07 was received this quarter with three applications requesting $4,500. McConnell made the motion to approve the recommendation of the Tourism Committee and award Hotel/Motel Tax Grant to: Cresco Chamber of Commerce $1,000 for the Santa Parade; Cresco Theatre $500 for Looney Lutheran’s Christmas Show; Cresco Wildlife Club $3,000 for new flooring. Kriener seconded and it passed all ayes.
McConnell made the motion to approve the resolution Establishing Electric Vehicle Charging Station Fees. Bouska seconded and it passed all ayes.
Carman made the motion to authorize the City Clerk to sign an Offer of Employment to Amber Yanes for the Billing Clerk Position. Bouska seconded and it passed all ayes.
Discussion was held regarding the Hawkeye Recycling proposal of a ten-year contract for $4,000 per month from the City of Cresco and also from Howard County with a rate increase of 3% to 10% annually. Hawkeye Recycling would then open the drop-off site like it had been prior to closing the gate. If the proposal is rejected, Hawkeye Recycling will require payment for recycling to be dropped off at the Recycling Center. Curb-side pickup of recycling for residential and commercial accounts will continue regardless of the proposal decision per the agreement between the City and Hawkeye Sanitation. McConnell made the motion to reject the proposal from Hawkeye Recycling. Bouska seconded and it passed all ayes.
Bouska made the motion to approve the Application for Authorized Collector for Dumpster Services of Non-Recyclable Waste Collection and Recyclable Waste for Commercial and Industrial Customers. Carman seconded and it passed all ayes.
Bouska made the motion to approve the vacation carryover request for Michelle Elton. Carman seconded and it passed all ayes.
Carman moved to adjourn at 6:08 pm. McConnell seconded and it passed all ayes. The next regular Cresco City Council meeting will be October 17, 2022, at 5:30 pm at Cresco City Hall.
Mayor: David J. Brenno
City Clerk: Michelle Elton