Council Meeting Minutes 12-3-18

REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING

December 3, 2018

     The City Council of the city of Fayette, Iowa, met Monday, December 3, 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 Wulfekuhle, to approve the consent agenda items consisting of the regular meeting minutes of 11/19/18 and the claims list of 11/20/18 – 12/3/18. Roll call, all ayes, motion carried.

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

     Upon Mayor Wenthe’s request, moved Nefzger, seconded Cowley, to reappoint Jeff Bradley for another two years as the City Treasurer for Fayette.  All ayes, carried.

     Upon Mayor Wenthe’s request, moved Tucker, seconded Wulfekuhle, to appoint Richard Patrick to the Fayette County Community Foundation Board for the three-year term.

     City Administrator/Clerk McGrane advised the council that Tschiggfrie is hoping to start the two spot repairs on Wadena Road this week.  Visu Sewer is planning on finishing the lining the week of 1/7/19.  McGrane shared the Public Works employees installed over 300 radio transmitters on water meters and testing will start this month.  The council will start working on changing the city code in January to reflect monthly billing, which will hopefully start the Spring of 2019.  McGrane attended the Iowa League of Cities annual budget meeting on 11/27 to get updated information for the Fiscal Year 2020 budget.  McGrane advised the council he would recommend waiting at least one more year before the city takes steps in getting quotes for insurance since we just had this done a few years ago and the council agreed.

     Moved Larson, seconded Wulfekuhle, to approve the Board of Adjustment meeting minutes from 11/1/18.  All ayes, carried.

     Moved Larson, seconded Cowley, to approve the Revolving Loan Review Committee meeting minutes from 11/19/18.  All ayes, carried.

     Moved Tucker, seconded Larson, to discuss purchasing a gas chlorinator from J&R Supply, Inc.  Moved Cowley, seconded Larson, to approve the purchase of a gas chlorinator for $1,770 from J&R Supply, Inc., as budgeted.  All ayes, carried.

     Moved Cowley, seconded Larson, to discuss the contract for services between the City of Fayette and UpperExplorerland Regional Planning Commission (UERPC) for the Revolving Loan Fund.  Moved Nefzger, seconded Wulfekuhle, to approve the two-year contract for services between the City of Fayette and UERPC for the Revolving Loan Fund.  All ayes, carried.

     Moved Cowley, seconded Larson, to discuss purchasing 103 King Street at $10,000 as an empty lot.  Moved Wulfekuhle, seconded Cowley, to purchase 103 King Street at $10,000 from the Bolger Fund as an empty lot, after the house has been demolished.  All ayes, carried.

     Moved Cowley, seconded Larson, to discuss the City of Fayette’s ash trees and the report presented by Richard Kittleson, with Consulting Arborist, LLC.  Kittleson evaluated 28 city ash trees rating them excellent, good, fair or poor and quoted costs for treating each one of the trees using the stem injection method for emerald ash borer (EAB).  The treatment would be good for 2 years and will need to be repeated every 2 years for probably the next 12 to 15 years, or as long as the EAB infestation is around.  The treatment is non-toxic.  Kittleson advised there are signs that EAB could be in some of the ash trees in Fayette, but nothing confirmed.  The Iowa Dept of Agriculture and Landstewardship map indicated the City of Fayette is right on the edge of the “Treatment Area”, meaning protective actions are suggested because EAB was recently found in samples collected in Buchanan County.  The council discussed sharing the report and information to the Tree Board.  No action was taken.

     Moved Cowley, seconded Larson, to discuss Ordinance 499, third and final reading.  The ordinance amends Chapters 40, 41, 44, 45, 46, 47, 55, 62 and 63 by adding court costs to penalties, removing municipal infraction penalties for some traffic violations and removing and adding some traffic subsections to the City Code.  Moved Wulfekuhle, seconded Tucker, to approve the changes and approve the third and final reading and adopt Ordinance 499.  On roll call, all ayes, motion carried.

     There being no further business, moved Nefzger, unanimous, to adjourn at 6:49pm.

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