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Council Meeting Minutes 5-15-17

REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING

May 15, 2017

     The City Council of the city of Fayette, Iowa, met Monday, May 15, 2017 at 8:03pm in the Fayette City Hall pursuant to law and rules of said council, Mayor Wenthe presiding.

     Roll call: Present - Council members Kragnes, Larson, Tucker and Wulfekuhle. Absent – Nefzger.

     Moved Kragnes, seconded Wulfekuhle, to approve the consent agenda consisting of the regular meeting minutes of 5/1/17, claims list of 5/2/17 – 5/15/17, the April 2017 Treasurer’s/Clerk’s Report & Budget Report, and the renewal of a liquor license for Aramark/Upper Iowa University. Roll call, all ayes, carried.

     Treasurer's Balance for Fund Accounts as of April 30, 2017: General $289,589.36; Streets $214,109.84; Debt Service $4,532.14; Water Utility $357,692.04; Water T&A $25,790.64; Sewer Utility $310,754.36; Landfill/Recycling $870.53; Yard Waste $16,985.63; Bolger Fund $186,686.71; TIF $56,834.92; Local Option Tax $79,602.15; Storm Water $10,717.87; Downtown Project ($29,715.04); Franchise Fees $45,494.56. April Receipts by Fund: General $110,995.25; Streets $9,643.69; Debt Service $2,730.36; Water Utility $42,933.22; Water T&A $625; Sewer Utility $66,830.16; LF/Recycling $14,111.61; Yard Waste $2,719; Bolger $1,120; TIF $14,028.10; Local Option $6,915.65; Storm Water $1,500.21; Franchise Fees $1,649.69. Total Receipts $275,801.94. April Disbursements by Fund: General $30,541.28; Streets $8,583.83; Water Utility $6,928.43; Water T&A $225; Sewer Utility $16,111.65; LF/Recycling $14,957.71; Yard Waste $226.57; Downtown Project $729.05. Total Disbursements: $78,303.52. Investments: $1,285,593.66. Bank Balance $2,855,058.71. Balance with Library Funds $2,946,462.68.

     Moved Kragnes, seconded Tucker, to approve the agenda as presented. All ayes to approve, carried.

     Administrator/Clerk McGrane reported to the council that he has continued to work with Data Technologies preparing for the installation of the new accounting & payroll software. The installation & training will take place on May 16, 17 & 18 at Fayette City Hall. Kluesner Construction filled cracks in the streets around town on May 8th. Ray’s Excavating is scheduled to start the 2017 Water System Improvement project on Madison & Jones Streets on May 17th. Fayette’s spring clean-up day is scheduled for May 24. People can visit www.fayetteiowa.com or call City Hall for more information or to notify the clerk of items they would like picked up. Fayette City Hall will be closed on Monday, May 29 for Memorial Day.

     Moved Kragnes, seconded Wulfekuhle, to discuss Resolution 2017-11. After a brief discussion, moved Kragnes, seconded Larson, to approve Resolution 2017-11: A resolution of appointment and compensation schedule to Patrick B. Dillon of Dillon Law, PC, for City Attorney of Fayette, Iowa. Roll call, all ayes, carried.

     Moved Larson, seconded Wulfekuhle, to discuss the American Tower Corporation conditional offers on tower. After discussion, the council would like to present the offers to our city attorney to review and try to find out what other communities in a similar situation are doing.

     Moved Kragnes, seconded Wulfekuhle, to discuss repairing the wooden bridge on the recreational trail. The city did not receive any other bids for the project. Mayor Wenthe informed the council that currently Upper Iowa University owns this portion of the trail because it is outside the city limits. When the trail is completed, the Fayette County Conservation will take over the ownership. The trail is not considered completed until the last portion between Jade Road and the Volga Recreation Area is paved. UIU and the city of Fayette worked on the trail project together. UIU was recipient of the funds and the grant. UIU helped with a portion of the matching funds and the city of Fayette received a REAP grant to use for some of the matching funds. UIU received another grant to put up a look-out tower along the trail and covered the matching funds. It is not the cities obligation to repair the bridge, but it could be something the city of Fayette chooses to help with.   After further discussion, moved Kragnes, seconded Tucker, to table.

     Moved Tucker, seconded Kragnes, to discuss the Fayette Community Library Board minutes from April 12, 2017. The council asked where the library advertised for the open Library Director position. McGrane advised the position was posted at the library, city hall, the bank and the post office and could not remember if the library advertised anywhere else, but he could find out. The council would like to find out all the places where it was advertised and if it was not published in any of the local newspapers, to ask the Library Board to consider advertising it in a local newspaper or two and maybe some websites. Moved Kragnes, seconded Wulfekuhle, to approve. All ayes, carried.

     Moved Kragnes, seconded Wulfekuhle, to discuss Laura Albert’s with Helping Services request in adopting Resolution 2017-12. Laura was unable to make the meeting, but had provided information to the council and spoke to Amy Tucker earlier about the Resolution. The resolution is to encourage people to not use tobacco products at city parks and on trails. Violators would be asked to refrain from using tobacco or leave the grounds when using tobacco and there would be no fine. Helping Services would provide the city signs to place in parks and along the trails. After discussion, moved Kragnes, seconded Tucker, to approve Resolution 2017-12: A resolution establishing a tobacco-free parks and trails policy for the city of Fayette, Iowa, amending the proposed resolution to state “Any person found violating this policy will be asked to refrain from tobacco use or leave the grounds to use tobacco” and to exclude Klock’s Island campground area from the resolution. Roll call, all ayes, carried.

   Moved Kragnes, seconded Wulfekuhle, to discuss bringing fiber-optic services into Fayette for businesses. McGrane informed the council Mr. Soderquist was unable to make tonight’s meeting and will reschedule. Moved Kragnes to table.

     Moved Kragnes, seconded Larson, to discuss the release of mortgage to James & Linda Tenney, Document #2012 1671, in the Fayette County, Iowa, Recorder’s Office. Moved Kragnes, seconded Wulfekuhle, to release the mortgage. All ayes, carried.

     Moved Kragnes, seconded Tucker, to release the mortgage to Shirley Smith, Document #2012 1670, in the Fayette County, Iowa, Recorder’s Office. All ayes, carried.

     Moved Kragnes, seconded Larson, to introduce the first reading of Ordinance 493 – Amending the code of ordinances of the city of Fayette, Iowa, by repealing and amending sections 92.02 of water rates and 99.02 of sewer service charges under chapters 92 and 99. The ordinance increases water and sewer rates by 2% on all rate levels to keep up with inflation, continue with improvements, replacing water and sewer lines, and replacing water meters. The minimum sewer charge will increase from $59.09 to $60.28 per quarter. The minimum water charge will increase from $38.01 to $38.77. The rate increase will begin on September 1, 2017, which is billable in December 2017. All the water and sewer rates shall automatically increase 2% per year on June 1 unless changed by resolution of council. After discussion, moved Kragnes, seconded Tucker, to approve the first reading of Ordinance 493. On roll call, Kragnes and Tucker ayes, Larson nay, Wulfekuhle abstained, carried.

     Moved Kragnes, seconded Larson, to introduce the first reading of Ordinance 494 – Amending the code of ordinances of the city of Fayette, Iowa, by repealing and amending section 106.09 of landfill fee under chapter 106. The ordinance increases the landfill fee by $0.25 per quarter. The increase is due to Fayette County increasing the landfill cost by $1.00 per person, per year starting in July 2017. The rate increase will begin on July 1, 2017, which is billable in September 2017. After discussion, moved Kragnes, seconded Larson, to approve the first reading of Ordinance 494. On roll call, all ayes, carried.

     There being no further business, moved Kragnes, unanimous, to adjourn at 9:17pm.

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