Posted: April 21, 2019 | Updated: October 5, 2023
NOTICE AND CALL OF PUBLIC MEETING
GOVERNMENTAL BODY: CITY COUNCIL OF CRESCO, IOWA
DATE OF MEETING: APRIL 24, 2019
TIME AND PLACE OF MEETING: 6:00 P.M. AT CRESCO CITY HALL
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, McCARVILLE, FORTUNE, BOUSKA, CARMAN
BUSINESS: There may be action taken on each of the items listed below.
- Review Proposed Rate Increases for July 1, 2019
- Discuss Nuisance Properties
- Draft an RFP for Developing Trailer Park Property Located at 400 3rd Street SW
- Discuss Downtown Sidewalks, Curbs and Gutters
COMMENTS FROM AUDIENCE:
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 APRIL 22, 2019.
Mayor Bohle called the Cresco City Council work session to order on April 24, 2019, at 6:00 pm at City Hall. Council Members Brenno, McCarville, Fortune, Bouska and Carman were present. No council members were absent. Also in attendance were Public Works Director Rod Freidhof, City Clerk Michelle Girolamo, Jason Passmore and Aaron Wemark,
Girolamo presented workpapers supporting the recommendation to increase water rates by 4% and sewer rates by 5% to reach budgeted revenue for fiscal year 2019/2020. This will increase the minimum bill by 92 cents per month. A public hearing and the first reading of the ordinance will be held at the regular council meeting on May 6, 2019.
Various nuisance properties were discussed and letters either have already been sent or will be sent. Barbara Boyd requested another extension for her eviction notice until May 30, 2019. The extension was approved but collection procedures will be started for the past due lot rent.
Council discussed items that should be included in the Request for Proposal (RFP) for housing development of the City-owned trailer park property. It will be kept as general as possible to allow developers to submit proposals of all different possibilities. The property will be sold for $1 but will not be eligible for any property tax abatement programs. The rezoning to an R3 zone will allow multi-residential housing units to be constructed. Criteria was discussed and will be sent to Ahlers & Cooney to prepare the RFP. Council will review the drafted RFP before proceeding to publishing the RFP and holding public hearings. To replenish the Nuisance House Fund, Council agreed to allocate the first five years of property tax revenue from the developed property to this Fund.
Council inspected the sidewalks, crosswalks, curb and gutters from Leuthold’s to O’Henry’s. Mark Kubik and Roy Gorter attended the previous Council meeting to report they were planning to replace their sidewalks along with Phil Henry. They asked the Council if they would replace the abutting curb & gutter and possibly crosswalks. Council’s concern is the high cost of making the crosswalk approaches ADA compatible and the City has not budgeted for any of these expenses. Estimated costs will be compiled for the May 6, 2019 Council meeting with different options including eliminating some of the crosswalks.
Bouska made the motion to adjourn at 7:52 pm. Carman seconded and it passed all ayes. The next regular Cresco City Council meeting will be May 6, 2019 at 7:00 pm at Cresco City Hall.
Mayor Mark Bohle
City Clerk Michelle Girolamo