Council Meeting Minutes 2-20-18

REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING

February 20, 2018

     The City Council of the city of Fayette, Iowa, met Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 6pm in the Fayette City Hall pursuant to law and rules of said council, Mayor Wenthe presiding.

     Roll call: Present - Council members Cowley, Larson, Nefzger and Tucker; Absent - Wulfekuhle.

     Moved Tucker, seconded Cowley, to approve the consent agenda consisting of the regular meeting minutes of 2/5/18, the claims list of 2/6/18 – 2/20/18, and the January 2017 Financial Reports.  Roll call, all ayes, motion carried.

     Treasurer's Balance for Fund Accounts as of January 31, 2018:  Total January Receipts: $258,496.88 (General $76,466.69; Streets $11,162.03; Employee Benefits $6,179.41; LOST $8,340.88; TIF $338.84; Bolger $417.07; Library Fund $250.04; Water $65,568.72; Sewer $78,748.37; Sewer Fund $9,575.50; Storm Water $1,449.33).  Total January Disbursements: $120,881.68 (General $58,750.24; Employee Benefits $14,094.60; Library Fund $7,825.88; Water $14,395.33; Sewer $25,815.63).  Treasurer’s Balance: $3,036,117.97.

     Moved Cowley, seconded Nefzger, to approve the agenda as presented.  All ayes, carried.

     This being the time and place published for a public hearing on the Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19) Estimated Budget, Mayor Wenthe opened the hearing and asked for any comments.  The tax asking for FY19 will be $14.28785 per $1,000 of taxable valuation.  There being no comments, Mayor Wenthe closed the hearing.  Moved Nefzger, seconded Cowley, to approve Resolution 2018-06: Adopting the budget and certification of city taxes for Fiscal Year 2019.  Roll call, all ayes, carried.

     Mayor Wenthe wanted to thank everyone who attended WinterFest, the Fayette Opera House and Lions Club Fundraiser, on February 10th.

     Administrator/Clerk McGrane informed the council that he had met with Lori Brockway with Upper Explorerland on February 6th to discuss the process and get an update of the CDBG Housing Grant – Owner Occupied Rehabilitation.  Brockway has received 4 applications from residents who qualify and we need at least 6.  McGrane has taken some steps to continue to promote residents to apply.  McGrane attended a Highway 150 Coalition meeting on February 16th.  The coalition is gathering information and support to hopefully present to the Iowa DOT to encourage them to perform a study on HWY 150 in NE Iowa.  The goal is to make HWY 150 safer and better to encourage more people and industries to travel on HWY 150.  McGrane advised he received a letter today from Poor’s Automotive indicating they will stop selling fuel on April 1, 2018.  McGrane also passed out a brochure for a “Introduction to Planning & Zoning for Local Officials” workshop in the Spring of 2018.     

     Police Chief Pisanti advised last summer the police department took part in a “Rescue Task Force” training at Upper Iowa University (UIU).  The Fayette County Emergency Management is working on sponsoring a full-scale exercise training this year at UIU which will include area Fire Departments, Emergency Medical Services and Law Enforcement agencies.

     Moved Tucker, seconded Nefzger, to discuss and approve of requesting proposals for technical services to assist with a housing rehabilitation program and receiving Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds through the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA).  After discussion, moved Nefzger, seconded Cowley, to approve and take the next steps in requesting proposals for technical services to assist with a housing rehabilitation program and receiving CDBG funds through the IEDA.  All ayes, carried.

     Moved Larson, seconded Nefzger, to discuss and approve of the Community Development and Housing Needs Assessment.  After discussion, moved Nefzger, seconded Tucker, to approve the Community Development and Housing Needs Assessment.  All ayes, carried.

     Moved Cowley, seconded Tucker, to discuss and review the CDBG Administration Plan, Relocation Policy, Reuse Plan and Elderly Waiver.  After discussion, moved Nefzger, seconded Cowley, to adopt the CDBG Administration Plan, Relocation Policy, Reuse Plan and Elderly Waiver.  All ayes, carried.  

     Moved Nefzger, seconded Tucker, to discuss and approve of setting a public hearing regarding submittal of an application for a CDBG provided by IEDA for owner occupied rehabilitation funding for the city of Fayette.  After discussion, moved Tucker, seconded Nefzger, to set a public hearing for Monday, March 5th, 2018 at 6PM in the Fayette City Council Chambers at City Hall regarding submittal of an application for a Community Development Block Grant provided by Iowa Economic Development Authority for owner occupied rehabilitation funding for the city of Fayette.  All ayes, carried.

     Moved Nefzger, seconded Larson, to discuss revising City Code Chapter 75 – All-Terrain Vehicles and Snowmobiles.  After discussion, moved Tucker, seconded Larson, to send the revisions to Chapter 75 of the City Code to the City Attorney to review.  All ayes, carried. 

     There being no further business, moved Nefzger, unanimous, to adjourn at 6:28pm.

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