Posted: September 16, 2022 | Updated: August 25, 2023
NOTICE AND CALL OF PUBLIC MEETING
GOVERNMENTAL BODY: THE CITY COUNCIL OF CRESCO, IOWA
DATE OF MEETING: SEPTEMBER 19, 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 6, 2022 Special Meeting
- Approval of Minutes from September 7, 2022 Special Meeting
- Approval of Minutes from September 7, 2022
- Approval of Parade Permit for Portions of 3rd Avenue and North Elm Street for the Santa’s Holiday Parade on November 25, 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.
- Public Hearing to Amend the Budget for Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2023
- Resolution Amending the Current Budget for Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2023
- Kelly O’Donnell and Jerry O’Donnnell to Present Insurance Renewal
- Resolution Authorizing the Mayor to enter into a Facilities Use Agreement with Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging
- Discuss Solid Waste Collection for Dumpsters & Recycling
- Motion to Approve the Application for Authorized Collector for Dumpster Services of Non-Recyclable Waste Collection for Commercial and Industrial Customers
- Discuss Billing Clerk Hiring Process
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 16, 2022.
Mayor Pro-Tem Bouska called the Cresco City Council meeting to order on September 19, 2022, at 5:30 pm. Council Members Kriener, McConnell, Fortune, Bouska, and Carman were present. Mayor Brenno attended via Zoom. No council members were absent.
Carman made the motion to approve the consent agenda which included approval of the: agenda; claims; minutes from the September 6, 2022 special meeting, September 7, 2022 special meeting, and September 7, 2022 regular Council meeting; Parade Permit for portions of 3rd Avenue and North Elm Street for the Santa’s Holiday Parade on November 25, 2022. Kriener seconded and it passed all ayes.
Public Works Director Widell reported: (a) EV Charging stations should be up and running this week; (b) waiting on sludge testing; (c) Visu-Sewer will be doing manhole rehab so be cautious in alleys; (d) flushing hydrants on October 6th & 7th.
Police Chief Ruroden thanked everyone that came out and supported the Police Department’s fundraiser on September 17, 2022. He is working on getting the new car ordered and equipment installed in the new vehicles. Officers are doing well at the academy.
City Clerk Elton reported: (a) received notice of union negotiations for wages only, Council will need to meet to discuss; (b) CIP project sheets are due tomorrow; (c) will start working on budget after CIP projects are identified; (d) will work with Piper Sandler regarding bonding for projects.
Fortune reported the Theatre Commission met and went over CIP and discussed rental rates. CRICCET discussed terms for members and the pickleball project.
McConnell reported the airport met and went over the CIP. Park board met and discussed the pickleball project, offering more classes, increasing rentals at the lodge, and arts and crafts during the winter.
Mayor Pro-Tem Bouska welcomed the Boy Scout troop and asked for comments from the audience. Stan Krider addressed the council with questions on recycling.
Mayor Pro-Tem Bouska opened the Public Hearing for Budget Amendment #1 for fiscal year ending June 30, 2023. There were no written or oral comments and the public hearing was closed. Carman made the motion to approve the resolution amending the current budget for Fiscal Year ending June 2023. Fortune seconded and it passed all ayes.
Kelly O’Donnell presented the insurance renewal package. EMC will conduct inspections of the buildings to establish estimated replacement costs for the Council to determine if valuations should be increased or decreased. Premiums have increased so he will give some options with increasing deductibles and the impact on premiums for the Council to consider.
Carman made the motion to approve the resolution authorizing the Mayor to enter into a Facilities Use Agreement with Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging. McConnell seconded and it passed all ayes.
Discussion was held regarding solid waste collection for dumpsters and recycling. Several business owners discussed concerns with the recycling center being closed to the public. The Mayor, Council, and City Hall also received numerous complaints. Julian, Lucas, and Ross Merritt represented Hawkeye Sanitation and Hawkeye Recycling. They explained it had to be closed due to potential loss of future revenue from dumpster collection fees and due to past losses. Hawkeye will write up a proposal for the Council to consider with options to open the recycling center as soon as possible.
Applications for the billing clerk position are due September 26th. Gary, Rich, Nate, Niki, and Michelle will conduct interviews early next week and hopefully have a recommendation for hiring at the next meeting.
Carman moved to adjourn at 7:10 pm. McConnell seconded and it passed all ayes. The next regular Cresco City Council meeting will be October 3, 2022, at 5:30 pm at Cresco City Hall.
Mayor: David J. Brenno
City Clerk: Michelle Elton