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Council Meeting Minutes 7-3-17

REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING

July 3, 2017

     The City Council of the City of Fayette, Iowa, met Monday, July 3, 2017 at 7:30pm in the Fayette City Hall pursuant to law and rules of said council, Mayor Wenthe presiding.

     Roll call: Present - Council members Kragnes (via speakerphone), Larson, Nefzger, Tucker and Wulfekuhle.

     Moved Wulfekuhle, seconded Larson, to approve the consent agenda consisting of the regular meeting minutes of 6/19/17 and the claims list of 6/20/17 – 7/3/17. Roll call, all ayes, carried.

     Bill Dohrmann wanted to inform the Mayor and Council how much he appreciated the city services. Dohrmann wanted to thank the Fayette Ambulance Service crew members and Fayette Police Chief Rich Pisanti for their help and cooperation with getting his wife, Sue, back to the area and assisting during her funeral.

     Moved Wulfekuhle, seconded Larson, to add action item 8C under New Business regarding contract change order #2 and partial pay estimate #2 for the 2017 Water Improvements project and approve the agenda as presented. All ayes, carried.

     Upon Mayor Wenthe’s request, moved Tucker, seconded Nefzger, to appoint Andrea Scott to the Library Board, replacing Jeff Butikofer who resigned. Scott will finish Butikofer’s term and serve on the board until June 30, 2020.

     City Administrator/Clerk McGrane advised the council that he has been continuing to get data entered into the new accounting and payroll software to be ready for the new fiscal year. On June 27th, Amy Tucker, Police Chief Pisanti and McGrane attended the Fayette Hazard Mitigation Public Meeting. Joel Holden’s last day at the Fayette Community Library was June 30, 2017. Holden started about 3 years ago and worked approximately 20 hours a week under a national program that compensated him. The City of Fayette was awarded $350,000 for the CDBG Community Facilities & Services Grant.

     Police Chief Pisanti informed the council the department is continuing to work on the nuisance abatement project around town. They started on one side of town and had about 20 cases they were working on. They have been notifying property owners of the violations and have been getting a good outcome as citizens are taking care of the issues right away. No citations for nuisance abatement issues or for long grass/weeds have been issued yet. Pisanti also advised the council that the police have been educating citizens about the current fireworks ordinance as they come across people with fireworks. The current ordinance requires citizens to fill out a fireworks permit at Fayette City Hall, at no cost, and provide proof of insurance.

     Moved Wulfekuhle, seconded Larson, to discuss the approval of partnership for the city of Fayette to provide police services to Upper Iowa University. Chief Pisanti presented the council with information about the contractual law enforcement services that would be provided to UIU for the annual cost of $97,500 per budget year with a 2% annual inflation rate for each additional year of the contract beyond the first year. The city will hire two new full time police officers. The annual cost that UIU will pay the city includes the entire cost of the salary and benefits for one full time officer and 50% of the salary and benefits for the other full time officer. One officer will be stationed at UIU and another officer will split duties between the city and UIU. A supplemental startup cost necessary to purchase/lease a new police vehicle with required equipment will be paid for by UIU. If either the city or UIU terminates the agreement for law enforcement services, each of the parties agree to be responsible for paying all costs associated with the termination, including worker compensation, liability claims and employee separation payments. The agreement will commence on August 1, 2017 and terminate on June 30, 2020, with the option to extend the term by mutual agreement of both parties. Moved Wulfekuhle, seconded Tucker, to approve the partnership for the city of Fayette to provide police services to UIU. Four voted aye, Larson nay, motion carried.

     Moved Nefzger, seconded Tucker, to discuss the annual review proposals. The city received proposals from the Office of Auditor of the State of Iowa, Hacker Nelson & Co. PC and Ridihalgh Fuelling Snitker Weber & Co. After discussion, moved Nefzger, seconded Tucker, to contact Ridihalgh Fuelling Snitker Weber & Co. to find out if they would consider decreasing their cost estimate since they have worked with the city previously and have the cities previous records. Four voted aye, Larson nay, motion carried.

     Moved Nefzger, seconded Wulfekuhle, to discuss contract change order #2 and partial pay estimate #2 for the 2017 Water System Improvements project. Contract change order #2 will decrease the total amount of the project by $13,233.30, making the total project cost $98,076.45. Partial pay estimate #2 is for $50,821.49. After discussion, moved Wulfekuhle, seconded Nefzger to approve contract change order #2 and partial pay estimate #2 for the 2017 Water System Improvements project. All aye, carried.

     There being no further business, moved Nefzger, unanimous, to adjourn at 8:20pm.

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