Council Meeting Minutes 3-5-18

REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING

March 5, 2018

     The City Council of the city of Fayette, Iowa, met Monday, March 5, 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, Tucker and Wulfekuhle.

     Moved Cowley, seconded Larson, to approve the consent agenda consisting of the regular meeting minutes of 2/20/18, the claims list of 2/21/18 – 3/5/18 and approve the renewal of a native wine permit for Touch of Elegance.  Roll call, all ayes, motion carried.

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

     Upon Mayor Wenthe’s request and the Fayette Ambulance Services recommendation, moved Tucker, seconded Wulfekuhle, to appoint Sammantha Larisch to the Fayette Ambulance Service.  Larisch is currently an Iowa EMT and passed a background check.  All ayes to approve, carried.

     Moved Cowley, seconded Tucker to move forward in appointing Curtis Larson, Roger Post and Kris McGrane to the CDBG Housing Committee.  All ayes, carried.

     Mayor Wenthe informed the council he met with Alex Soderquist with Hawkeye Telephone Company on March 1 to get an update on the fiber project.  They will be continuing to work on the project this spring and summer.  Wenthe advised the council that on March 1st Public Works Director Jerry Hildebrand has worked 40 years for the City of Fayette and appreciated his dedication to Fayette. 

     Administrator/Clerk McGrane told the council that he attended the Fayette County Advisory Committee meeting on March 1 and they are still on schedule to build a new house at 104 King Street this spring or summer.  McGrane also reminded the council of some up-coming training opportunities they may attend.

     Police Chief Pisanti gave a brief report to the council. 

     Moved Wulfekuhle, seconded Larson, to approve the Fayette Community Library Board minutes from January 10, 2018.  All ayes, carried.

     Moved Wulfekuhle, seconded Larson, to approve the Fayette Community Library Board minutes from February 14, 2018.  All ayes, carried.

     There was no discussion on the water/utility bill for 5 S. Main Street #2 as the bill had been paid that day.

     Moved Larson, seconded Tucker to discuss and approve to purchase a new swing set from All Inclusive Rec.  McGrane informed the council they budgeted for this purchase next fiscal year, using money that was previously saved in the Parks budget.  If we purchase the equipment now, we may be able to get volunteers from Upper Iowa University to help put the swing set up at Rainbowland Park near the sand volleyball courts in April during the UIU “Fayette Appreciation Day”.  Moved Nefzger, seconded Wulfekuhle, to approve the purchase of a new swing set in the amount of $2,187.99.  All ayes, carried.

     Moved Larson, seconded Cowley, to discuss and approve to sell Fayette County Fair concert tickets at Fayette City Hall.  McGrane advised the council that the Fayette County Fair Board contacted a few cities in Fayette County asking if they would be willing to sell Fayette County Fair concert tickets at their City Halls.  Country singers Collin Raye and Sammy Kershaw will be headlining the concert on July 28, 2018.  The cost of the tickets is $30 for a grandstand ticket or $40 for a track ticket.  For each ticket that is sold at the Fayette City Hall, the Fair Board will donate $1 back to the city.  Moved Cowley, seconded Larson, to approve to sell Fayette County Fair concert tickets for the up-coming concert at Fayette City Hall.  All ayes, carried.

     Moved Tucker, seconded Nefzger, to discuss the water/utility bill at 520 Mechanic Street.  Diego Duran and Charles Miles were not able to attend the meeting, but provided a written letter to the council.  After discussion, moved Nefzger, seconded Cowley, to have the water turned off at 520 Mechanic Street until the delinquent bill is paid in full.  All ayes, carried.

     Moved Larson, seconded Cowley, to discuss and appoint a contractor for technical services to assist with the housing rehabilitation program receiving CDBG funds through the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA).  The city only received one proposal and that was from Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission (UERPC).  Moved Nefzger, seconded Wulfekuhle, to appoint UERPC as contractor for technical services to assist with the housing rehabilitation program receiving Community Development Block Grant funds through the IEDA.  All ayes, carried.

     Moved Larson, seconded Wulfekuhle, to discuss revising City Code Chapter 75 – All Terrain Vehicles and Snowmobiles.  After looking at some other cities codes to compare, the council made some other suggested changes in wording.  McGrane will make the revisions and have the city attorney review the code again.

     Mayor Wenthe opened the public hearing on the proposed Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for Owner Occupied Rehabilitation Funding for the City of Fayette.  Notice of this hearing was published in the Fayette Leader on February 21, 2018.  McGrane read through and covered 9 points. How the need for the proposed activity or projects were identified.  The need for the Fayette Occupied program was identified through meetings held by public officials and the identified unmet need for housing rehabilitation through the Fayette County Local Housing Trust Fund Program.  As the LMI population is at 52.76% there is a need of the CDBG funds to improve the homes for those citizens.  The age of the housing stock was also an identifier with 42.1% of the housing being constructed in 1939 or earlier and 78.2% of the housing being built in 1979 or earlier.  How the proposed activity or projects will be funded and the sources of funds.  The proposed activity will be funded with $251,790 of Community Development Block Grant Funds for the owner-occupied program for six homes.  The date the Housing Fund applications will be submitted.  The Housing Fund Owner-Occupied applications will be submitted on or before May 4, 2018 to the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA).  Requested amount of federal funds (Housing Fund).  The requested amount is $251,790 for the Owner-Occupied Housing Rehabilitation Program.  Estimated portion of federal funds that will benefit persons of low and moderate income.  The City has proposed assisting six (6) LMI households with rehabilitation of their homes.  The intent is to target those living in homes considered to be in deteriorated condition.  In looking at the 2006-2010 LMI of the community, 52.76% of Fayette’s residents are considered low to moderate income persons, it is expected that these funds will benefit six (6) homes of that 52.76% population.  Where the proposed activity or project will be conducted.  The projects will be conducted within the city limits of Fayette.  Plans to minimize displacement of persons and businesses as a result of funded activities or projects.  No businesses or persons will be displaced during this process.  Plans to assist persons actually displaced.  There are no plans to displace any persons.  The nature of the proposed activity or project.  The nature of the proposed projects within Fayette is to assist in the rehabilitation of 6 existing homes for low to moderate income families.  The programs mission is to stimulate the City of Fayette’s economy one home at a time.  No written or oral objections were filed or offered from the audience.  Moved Nefzger, seconded Larson, to close the public hearing.  All ayes, carried.

     Moved Larson, seconded Nefzger, to discuss Resolution 2018-07.  Moved Wulfekuhle, seconded Nefzger, to approve and adopt Resolution 2018-07: Authorizing the submission of a CDBG application to the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA), the expenditure of funds be applied for a Housing Fund General Application for Owner-Occupied Rehabilitation and authorizes the administration of this grant to be performed by Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission.  Roll call, all ayes, carried.

     Moved Cowley, seconded Larson, to discuss Resolution 2018-08.  Moved Larson, seconded Nefzger, to approve and adopt Resolution 2018-08: Authorizing the approval of a CDBG administration plan to the IEDA for Owner-Occupied Rehabilitation.  Roll call, all ayes, carried.

     There being no further business, moved Nefzger, unanimous, to adjourn at 6:50pm.

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