REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING

May 16, 2022

     The City Council of the City of Fayette, Iowa, met Monday, May 16, 2022, at 6:00 pm in the Community Room at the Fayette Community Library pursuant to law and rules of said council, Mayor Wood presiding. The meeting began with the Pledge of Allegiance.

     Roll call: Present - Council members Post, Potratz and Scott; Absent - Tenney and Tucker.

     Moved Post, seconded Potratz, to approve the consent agenda items consisting of the regular meeting minutes of 5/2/22 and the claims list of 4/30/22-5/13/22. Roll call, all ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Potratz, seconded Scott, to approve the agenda as presented. All ayes, motion carried.

     Mayor Wood informed the council that McGrane and him worked on a counter offer for the cell tower company lease. Wood provided an update on the strategic planning committee and advised he will be attending the Nuisance Abatement conference on Wednesday, May 18.

     Upon Mayor Wood’s request, moved Potratz, seconded Post, to reappoint Melle Starsen to the Planning & Zoning Commission for a 5-year term expiring 5/31/27. All ayes, motion carried.

     Upon Mayor Wood’s request, moved Post, seconded Scott, to reappoint Jeff Potratz to the Board of Adjustment for a 5-year term expiring 5/15/27. All ayes, motion carried.

     City Administrator/Clerk McGrane advised the council city hall has been busy learning the new online payment software, assisting citizens with permits and assisting college students utility accounts as they move out.

     Police Chief Davis updated the council on the nuisance abatement homes and explained he is working with McGrane on hiring a building inspector for the home inspections. Three police officer applicants tested last Saturday for the open police officer position. Davis will hold another test date in the near future for more applicants.

     This being the time and place published for a public hearing for comments on the proposed fiscal year (FY) 2022 budget amendment and certification, Mayor Wood opened the hearing and asked for comments. There being no comments, Mayor Wood closed the hearing.

     Moved Potratz, seconded Post, to adopt Resolution 2022-25, approving the FY 2022 budget amendment and certification. Roll call, all ayes, motion carried.

     Roland and Magda Vazquez (100 King Street) provided a letter to the Mayor asking the city council to reconsider their previous decision and provide them permission to plant small, decorative flowers in the city right of way. They also explained a few issues they experienced with the city's W. Water Street project and are requesting reimbursement from the city for: 1) $428 for sidewalks, 2) $144.45 to replace plants and 3) $48.15 for drywall damage. Jon Biederman, the W. Water Street project Engineer with Fehr Graham, was present and provided a statement about the concerns. The council discussed the request to plant small, decorative flowers in the city right of way and denied the request. Moved Post, seconded Scott, to table the reimbursement requests until after the W. Water Street project is completed. All ayes, motion carried.

     Tim and Holly Wolff (308 E. Water Street) presented a request for a variance to the city of Fayette zoning ordinance application and drawing of a new garage they would like to build on their property. McGrane explained they will need to go through the Board of Adjustment, however, they would like a conveyance at their cost of preparation of an easement allowing them to build on the city right of way. They would like to build the new garage on approximately 4 feet of the city right of way. Public Works Director Hildebrand did not have any concerns with the request because the only utilities on that road go down the middle of the road to 102 Union Street. Moved Post, seconded Scott, to set a public hearing for the next council meeting, 6/6/22, for the conveyance at the cost of preparation of an easement allowing Tim and Holly Wolff to build upon city right of way at 308 E. Water Street. All ayes, motion carried.

     Hildebrand presented a quote from Albert Cline to grind 36 tree stumps for $2,012. Hildebrand mentioned that the price will be a little higher because we have 3 more stumps since he received this quote and Cline will grind those as well. Moved Potratz, seconded Scott, to approve the quote from Albert Cline. All ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Potratz, seconded Scott, to reimburse Sugar Bowl $1,000 for the marketing incentive. All ayes, motion carried.

    There being no further business, Wood declared the meeting adjourned at 6:49 pm.

REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING

May 2, 2022

     The City Council of the City of Fayette, Iowa, met Monday, May 2, 2022, at 6:00 pm in the Community Room at the Fayette Community Library pursuant to law and rules of said council, Mayor Wood presiding. The meeting began with the Pledge of Allegiance.

     Roll call: Present - Council members Potratz, Scott, Tenney and Tucker; Absent - Post.

     Moved Scott, seconded Potratz, to amend the meeting minutes of 4/18/22 by taking out the words "One of the" in the Mayor Wood report so it reads "Strategic planning for cities was one of the training sessions at the Leagues training". Motion Potratz, seconded Tucker, to approve the consent agenda items consisting of the amended regular meeting minutes of 4/18/22 and the claims list of 4/16/22-4/29/22. Roll call, all ayes, motion carried.

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

     Everett (Roy) Karlson, 506 W. Clark Street, informed the city council that he presented a letter last week to the mayor and council in regards to the poor condition of the home located at 507 W. Clark Street. Karlson contacted the police about the house a few years ago and they were able to get the yard picked up and mowed. Karlson advised since then, the house has continued to deteriorate. Karlson advised Mayor Wood contacted him and they discussed and looked at the house. Karlson advised he is losing property value on his home located next door. Karlson requested copies of the city ordinance. Police Chief Davis and City Administrator/Clerk McGrane informed Karlson that there is a process that must be followed, and someone will follow-up with him.

     Mayor Wood acknowledged that he and the council received the letter of concern from the Karlson's. Wood is concerned about abandoned property issues and dilapidated properties in town. Wood has been reading the city code and is planning on attending a training later this month for guidance on municipalities to address these issues. Wood advised the first Steering Committee meeting took place on 4/28/22.

     City Administrator/Clerk McGrane advised the council the switch to PACE, the new online payment software, went well on 4/19 and Deputy Clerk Creery and him have had a few training sessions. They have also been assisting customers with the change. McGrane attended the IMFOA conference on 4/21 and 4/22. He completed and submitted the required American Rescue Plan report on 4/26.

     Police Chief Davis informed the council that the Goodell property abatement court date is 5/11 and they are waiting for a court date for the Smith property. The bike helmet/story walk event that the Fayette Library and Police Department are organizing is developing well and they will be promoting it soon. The annual Upper Iowa University off campus end of the year college student celebration did not take place this year.

     Moved Tucker, seconded Scott, to accept and acknowledge the Fayette Community Library Board of Trustees meeting minutes from 1/12/2022 and 3/9/2022. All ayes, motion carried.

     The council discussed homeowners planting specific types of plants in the city rights-of-way. The city attorney recommended the council not allow anything other than grass planted in city rights-of-way because it could become time consuming for the council to manage the variety of homeowners requests and determine what can and cannot be planted, among other things. Moved Potratz, seconded Tenney, to have the city rights-of-way that are currently grass or undeveloped areas to remain grass or to have grass seeded as of todays date of May 2, 2022 and moving forward. All ayes, motion carried.

     Wanda Crawford with the new Fayette Chamber would like to request a donation of $600 from the city to assist the Fayette Chamber with promoting businesses in Fayette during RABGRAI 2022. Moved Scott, seconded Tucker, to donate $600 out of the Bolger Fund to the Fayette Chamber for the public purpose of promoting the city of Fayette and the city of Fayette businesses and to have $600 from the hotel/motel tax be transferred to the Bolger Fund to cover the costs when available. All ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Potratz, seconded Scott, to approve a $20.00 per hour wage for part-time, reserve police officer Charles Rodas effective April 1, 2022. All ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Potratz, seconded Tucker, to approve signing a letter of support for the Community Services Block Grant that benefits the Northeast Iowa Community Action Corporation. All ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Tucker, to approve Resolution #2022-23 adopting and accepting the established city employee salaries. Roll call, all ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Tucker, to approve Resolution #2022-24 adopting and accepting the Fayette Visual Security and Surveillance Policy. Roll call, all ayes, motion carried.

    There being no further business, Wood declared the meeting adjourned at 7:17 pm.

REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING

April 18, 2022

     The City Council of the City of Fayette, Iowa, met Monday, April 18, 2022, at 6:00 pm in the Community Room at the Fayette Community Library pursuant to law and rules of said council, Mayor Wood presiding. The meeting began with the Pledge of Allegiance.

     Roll call: Present - Council members Post, Potratz, Scott, Tenney and Tucker.

     Moved Potratz, seconded Post, to approve the consent agenda items consisting of the regular meeting minutes of 4/4/22 and the claims list of 4/2/22-4/15/22. Roll call, all ayes, motion carried.

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

     Mayor Wood updated the council that Jeff Scott will be the final member of the Strategic Planning steering committee and the committee will meet for the first time this month. Wood attended part three of the Municipal Leadership Academy training in Waterloo.

     Upon Mayor Wood’s request, moved Potratz, seconded Scott, to reappoint Steve Post to the Fayette Board of Adjustment for a 5-year term expiring on 5/15/2027. Potratz, Scott, Tucker and Tenney ayes, Post abstained, motion carried.

     City Administrator/Clerk McGrane informed the council that he completed the USDA Rural Development grant and submitted it on 4/14/22. Upper Iowa University will probably postpone appreciation day to 4/27 due to the forecast.

     Police Chief Davis advised the council the next few weeks is a traffic enforcement wave for the GTSB grant. A nonjury trial is set in May for the nuisance abatement issue for the Goodell property. Smith properties are still being documented for the city attorney. The police department is teaming up with the Fayette Library for a storywalk scavenger hunt event to hand out bike helmets. More details will be announced soon. The city is now accepting applications for a full-time police officer.

     This being the time and place published for a public meeting/hearing for comments on the City of Fayette filing an application with the USDA Rural Development for financial assistance to purchase new radios and equipment for the new Fayette County public safety radio network project, Mayor Wood opened the hearing and asked for comments. There being no comments, Mayor Wood closed the hearing.

     Moved Tucker, seconded Potratz, to acknowledge we received the Fayette County Economic Development and Tourism Quarterly Report for January through March 2022. All ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Potratz, to accept the Fayette Personnel meeting minutes from 4/6/2022. All ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Scott, seconded Post, to approve closing the 100 block of S. Main Street on Saturday, May 21, 2022, for Fayette's Main Street Market. All ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Potratz, seconded Post, to approve closing the 100 block of S. Main Street from 5:30PM to 9PM on the 3rd Thursday of the month starting in May until September 2022 for the Fayette Show and Shine Car Shows. All ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Scott, seconded Tenney, to approve purchasing a security camera system capable of 7 or 8 cameras with Iowa Surveillance Team. All ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Post, to approve and direct the City Administrator/Clerk to publish the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 Budget Amendment and setting a public hearing for May 16, 2022, at 6PM in the Fayette Community Library on the FY 2022 Budget Amendment. All ayes, motion carried.

    There being no further business, Wood declared the meeting adjourned at 7:23 pm.

 

REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING

April 4, 2022

     The City Council of the City of Fayette, Iowa, met Monday, April 4, 2022, at 6:00 pm in the Community Room at the Fayette Community Library pursuant to law and rules of said council, Mayor Wood presiding. The meeting began with the Pledge of Allegiance.

     Roll call: Present - Council members Post, Potratz, Scott, Tenney and Tucker.

     Moved Potratz, seconded Tucker, to approve the consent agenda items consisting of the regular meeting minutes of 3/21/22, the claims list of 3/19/22-4/1/22 and the February 2022 financial reports. Roll call, all ayes, motion carried.

     Treasurer’s Balance for Fund Accounts as of February 28, 2022: Total February Receipts: $106,049.07 (General $34,788.01; Streets $14,184.25; Employee Benefits $862.49; Revolving Loan $230.10; Bolger $73.58; Library Fund $48; Debt $184.05; Water Street Project $1,390; Water $19,615.17; Water T&A $150; Sewer $29,714.61; Water/Sewer Capital $4,240.81; Storm Water $568). Total February Disbursements: $79,990.67 (General $35,718.27; Streets $7,234.72; Employee Benefits $8,047.17; CDBG $766.40; Bolger $118.08; Library Fund $1.082.88; Water Street Project $600; Water $12,456.11; Water T&A $570; Sewer $13,397.04). Transfers in: Sewer Fund $9,575.50; Transfers out: Sewer $9,575.50. Treasurer’s Balance: $4,279,674.54.

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

     Upon Mayor Wood’s and the Fayette Community Library Board of Trustees requests, moved Tenney, seconded Potratz, to appoint James Lowery to the Fayette Community Library Board of Trustees to finish the term ending 6/30/2026. All ayes, motion carried.

     Upon Mayor Wood’s request, moved Scott, seconded Potratz, to appoint Mallory Hanson, David Runyon, Amanda Pasket, Pete Shea, Shannon Nix, Linda Tenney, Wade Whitcher, Kris McGrane and one more Fayette business owner who is also a city of Fayette resident to a Strategic Planning steering committee which will work on an identity and vision for the city as well as strategic goals and to have Mayor Wood facilitate. The committee will eventually refer everything to the city council for final approval. All ayes, motion carried.

     City Administrator/Clerk McGrane updated the council on the transition to the new online electronic payment company (PACE) that will take place on 4/20/22. The 4th CDBG Rehab home paperwork is almost completed and the process has started for the 6th and final home. The fiscal year 2023 budget has been submitted to the state and the county. McGrane will now be working on a budget amendment. Upper Iowa University will be having their Appreciation Day on 4/20/22. Any adults who are able to volunteer and help students clean-up downtown Fayette or businesses wanting their outside windows washed may contact Amy Tucker.

     Police Chief Davis advised that the public safety radio project is moving forward for Fayette County. The Fayette police and library are working together on an event to hand out free bike helmets. K9 Odin will be headed to training on 5/19 for a few months.

     Moved Tucker, seconded Scott, to approve Resolution #2022-19 approving change order #5 to the Fayette Housing Sustainability Project for the Clark KB home project. Roll call, all ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tucker, seconded Post, to approve Resolution #2022-20 approving change order #6 to the Fayette Housing Sustainability Project for the Clark KB home project. Roll call, all ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Post, seconded Scott, to approve Resolution #2022-21 approving the final acceptance of the Fayette Housing Sustainability Project for the Clark KB home project. Roll call, all ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tucker, seconded Scott, to approve Resolution #2022-22 agreeing to apply for financial assistance with the USDA, Rural Development to finance new radios and equipment for the Fayette County Public Safety Radio Project and authorize the Mayor and City Administrator to sign all documents. Roll call, all ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Post, seconded Tenney, to direct the City Administrator/Clerk to publish the public meeting notice and set a public meeting for April 18, 2022, at 6PM in the Fayette Community Library on applying for financial assistance with the USDA, Rural Development to finance new radios and equipment for the Fayette County Public Safety Radio Project. All ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tucker, seconded Potratz, to agree to forward the USDA, Rural Development financial assistance to the Fayette County Board of Supervisors to assist with the Fayette County Public Safety Radio Project, if we are awarded the financial assistance. All ayes, motion carried.

     The council discussed options for the flagpole and log cabin that are located at the old Tourism home. The council would like to find out the condition and size of the flagpole and the possibility of moving it next to the Freedom Rock. They discussed if it was able to move to the Freedom Rock, possibly having the Fayette American Legion taking care of it. The council would like McGrane to draft something for the public to make suggestions on the future of the log cabin. Moved Tucker, seconded Potratz, to allow the Watermelon Days committee to have a banner or sign on the old tourism lot this summer pending the city remains the owner of the property. All ayes, motion carried.

    There being no further business, Wood declared the meeting adjourned at 7:18 pm.

REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING

March 21, 2022

     The City Council of the City of Fayette, Iowa, met Monday, March 21, 2022, at 6:00 pm in the Community Room at the Fayette Community Library pursuant to law and rules of said council, Mayor Wood presiding. The meeting began with the Pledge of Allegiance.

     Roll call: Present - Council members Post (via telephone), Potratz, Scott, Tenney and Tucker.

     Moved Tucker, seconded Potratz, to approve the consent agenda items consisting of the regular meeting minutes of 3/7/22, the claims list of 3/5/22-3/18/22. Roll call, all ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tucker, seconded Potratz, to amend and approve the amended agenda to add discussion on combining the Parks Board and Recreation Board under old business, agenda item #7C. All ayes, motion carried.

     Mayor Wood advised the council he attended the new city of Fayette chamber of commerce meeting last Thursday. They appointed chairs, discussed their constitution and how they want to proceed as an organization. Wood will also be working on forming a committee for a Strategic Planning session.

     City Administrator/Clerk McGrane informed the council that the city is planning on transitioning to the new online electronic payment company (PACE) on or around April 20, 2022. A letter will be mailed or emailed out to all utility customers. Autopay customers will need to reapply for the automatic bank withdrawals each month because there will now be a $0.99 fee for payments under $500 or 1% of the payment amount for payments over $500. McGrane also updated the council on the CDBG Rehab grant and legislative updates.

     Police Chief Davis advised Gary Goodell was served citations and Davis met with the Iowa DNR in reference to the situation. The Smith property cases are still open and being monitored.

     This being the time and place published for a public hearing on the proposed Fiscal Year 2023 Estimated Budget, Mayor Wood opened the hearing and asked for comments. There being no comments, Mayor Wood closed the hearing.

     Moved Potratz, seconded Tenney, to approve Resolution #2022-18 adopting and approving the Fiscal Year 2023 Budget and Certification of Taxes. Roll call, all ayes, motion carried.

     Scott requested an update on combining the Parks Board and the Recreation Board. McGrane advised he is still working on a draft ordinance to provide to the Recreation Board to review as requested by the council at a November 2021 meeting. Mayor Wood advised he can start working on the draft ordinance.

     Moved Tucker, seconded Scott, to discuss and approve the Fayette Community Library Board of Trustees meeting minutes from 2/9/2022. All ayes, motion carried.

     McGrane updated the council on the 4th CDBG Rehab home, the Clark home. Moved Potratz, seconded Tucker, to approve Resolution #2022-14 adopting Change Order #1 for the Fayette Housing Sustainability Project for the Clark RS Home Project. Roll call, all ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Scott, to approve Resolution #2022-15 adopting Change Order #2 for the Fayette Housing Sustainability Project for the Clark RS Home Project. Roll call, all ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Scott, seconded Tenney, to approve Resolution #2022-16 adopting Change Order #3 for the Fayette Housing Sustainability Project for the Clark RS Home Project. Roll call, all ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Potratz, to approve Resolution #2022-17 approving the Final Acceptance for the Fayette Housing Sustainability Project for the Clark RS Home Project. Roll call, all ayes, motion carried.

     McGrane explained the Turkey River Recreational Corridor would like to add a post near the Fayette County Freedom Rock and make it one of its 20 sites for their 2022 Turkey River Safari. Moved Tucker, seconded Potratz, to endorse the Turkey River Safari project at the Freedom Rock as a site for the 2022 Safari scavenger hunt. All ayes, motion carried.

    There being no further business, Wood declared the meeting adjourned at 6:35 pm.

REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING

March 7, 2022

     The City Council of the City of Fayette, Iowa, met Monday, March 7, 2022, at 6:00 pm in the Community Room at the Fayette Community Library pursuant to law and rules of said council, Mayor Wood presiding. The meeting began with the Pledge of Allegiance.

     Roll call: Present - Council members Post, Potratz, Tenney and Tucker. Absent - Scott.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Potratz, to approve the consent agenda items consisting of the regular meeting minutes of 2/22/22, the claims list of 2/19/22-3/4/22 and the January 2022 financial reports. Roll call, all ayes, motion carried.

     Treasurer’s Balance for Fund Accounts as of January 31, 2022: Total January Receipts: $185,363.52 (General $82,129.53; Streets $14,644.03; Employee Benefits $6,164.38; Local Option Sales Tax $10,800.59; CDBG $18,531; Revolving Loan $230.48; Bolger $582.79; Library Fund $53.33; Debt $1,315.51; Water $18,333.32; Water T&A $750; Sewer $27,292.27; Water/Sewer Capital $3,978.29; Storm Water $558). Total January Disbursements: $118,380.57 (General $46,632.70; Streets $7,437.89; Employee Benefits $4,299.74; CDBG $12,616.93; Bolger $448.14; Library Fund $748.18; Water Street Project $21,244.23; Water $11,468.36; Water T&A $634.11; Sewer $12,850.29). Transfers in: Sewer Fund $9,575.50; Transfers out: Sewer $9,575.50. Treasurer’s Balance: $4,253,301.37.

     A letter was received by Herman Lenz addressed to the Mayor and Council in reference to the Iowa Legislature and speed cameras as well as his communication with the Fayette Police Department.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Potratz, to amend the agenda and move correspondence from consent agenda items to agenda item 4, receiving and filing of any communications, petitions or please of protest and to approve the agenda as amended. All ayes, motion carried.

     Mayor Wood advised he submitted an article to the Oelwein Daily Register listing things accomplished in Fayette within the last year and future plans. Wood wrote to Representative Ashley Hinson about the drug problems and the impact it has on our local law enforcement. Hinson replied to Wood's letter and sent a representative who met with Wood at the end of February.

     City Administrator/Clerk McGrane informed the council that he attended the Fayette County Supervisors meeting to discuss the dispatch contracts for the cities of Oelwein, West Union, and Fayette on 2/28. Fayette County Sheriff Fisher proposed an amount for each city based on calls for services (CFS) generated by each city. The city of Fayette's estimated CFS is 920 (based on FY2022) and the proposed cost to Fayette would be $11,082, which is a $5,601 increase of the current contract. The Fayette County Supervisors agreed to keep the fee the same as the current year for Fayette in FY2023 and to form an advisory committee made up of two representatives from Oelwein, West Union, Fayette, and Fayette County to discuss how to fund the dispatch center. McGrane and Fayette Police Chief Davis will attend the first advisory committee meeting in April.

     Police Chief Davis advised the department has some upcoming events that they will be advertising soon.

     Moved Potratz, seconded Post, to change the headings on the Finance Committee meeting minutes and to approve the amended Finance Committee meeting minutes from 2/24/22 and 2/28/22. All ayes, motion carried.

     McGrane advised Resolution #2022-13 is an agreement with Gundersen to lock us in on rates. Moved Tenney, seconded Potratz, to approve Resolution #2022-13 adopting and accepting the Business Health Services and Occupational Health Service Agreement with Gundersen Health System. Roll call, all ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Tucker, to reassign the current lease with Big Rock Country Club, Inc. to Rock Bottom, LLC, and to accept the Rock Bottom, LLC, assignment of lease for the Big Rock Golf Course. All ayes, motion carried.

     McGrane highlighted some of the items in the fiscal year 2023 (FY23) proposed budget estimate the Finance Committee is recommending. Moved Potratz, seconded Post, to direct the City Administrator/Clerk to publish the Budget Estimate and set a Public Hearing for March 21, 2022, at 6PM in the Fayette Community Library on the FY23 Budget Estimate. All ayes, motion carried.

     McGrane explained he would like the council to consider having Deputy Clerk Nancy Creery start full-time on 4/11/22, which is a few months earlier than budgeted for. McGrane explained his work duties keep increasing and the city has time-sensitive priorities/projects to complete over the next few months including a budget amendment, the W. Water Street project, the Homes for Iowa project, the solar panel installation, the CDBG Rehab Housing grant and switching to the new electronic utility billing payment company. Moved Tenney, seconded Tucker, to make Deputy Clerk Nancy Creery full-time starting April 11, 2022, at the current wage of $12.96 per hour. All ayes, motion carried.

    There being no further business, Wood declared the meeting adjourned at 7:19 pm.

REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING

February 22, 2022

     The City Council of the City of Fayette, Iowa, met Tuesday, February 22, 2022, at 6:02 pm in the Community Room at the Fayette Community Library pursuant to law and rules of said council, Mayor Wood presiding. The meeting began with the Pledge of Allegiance.

     Roll call: Present - Council members Scott, Tenney and Tucker. Absent - Post & Potratz.

     Moved Tucker, seconded Scott, to approve the consent agenda items consisting of the regular meeting minutes of 2/7/22, the special meeting minutes of 2/10/22, the claims list of 2/5/22 - 2/18/22 and the December 2021 financial reports. Roll call, all ayes, motion carried.

     Treasurer’s Balance for Fund Accounts as of December 31, 2021: Total December Receipts: $136,357.05 (General $53,639.72; Streets $12,912.19; Employee Benefits $776.93; Local Option Sales Tax $10,800.59; Revolving Loan $230.47; Bolger $317.74; Library Fund $74.96; Debt $165.77; Water $20,994.53; Water T&A $300; Sewer $31,224.98; Water/Sewer Capital $4,331.72; Storm Water $587.45). Total December Disbursements: $162,402.42 (General $81,892.17; Streets $9,232.91; Employee Benefits $12,281.42; CDBG $9,161.14; Bolger $113.14; Library Fund $694.98; Water Street Project $1,433.50; Water $13,441.77; Water T&A $846.17; Sewer $20,305.22; Sewer Fund $13,000). Transfers in: Sewer Fund $9,575.50; Transfers out: Sewer $9,575.50. Treasurer’s Balance: $4,185,392.73.

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

     Mayor Wood advised the council he held a department supervisor meeting on 2/16 with the Public Works Director, Police Chief, Library Director and City Administrator/Clerk. Wood is planning on having these meetings monthly. On 2/16, he attended the Fayette County Conference Board with the Assessors office.

     City Administrator/Clerk McGrane informed the council he is working with Ann Langerman, the Big Rock Golf Course Board President, on paperwork with transferring their current lease to the new owners of the golf course.

     Moved Tucker, seconded Tenney, to approve the Fayette Finance Committee meeting minutes from 2/10/22. All ayes, motion carried.

     Discussion on Resolution #2022-12 included the policy doesn't have to be reviewed by the city attorney because the Iowa Code protects the participating officers who are trained through the Peer Support Group. Police Chief Davis advised he may have to make some revisions to the policy as they get the program started. Moved Scott, seconded Tenney, to approve Resolution #2022-12 adopting an addition to the Fayette Police Departments policy and procedure manual as amended replacing "Sheriff" with "Peer Support Coordinator". Roll call, all ayes, motion carried.

     The city attorney recommended releasing the judgement liens in the case of Connie Conner that were due to nuisance abatement issues in the past. A potential owner would like to develop the property. Moved Tucker, seconded Tenney, to approve releasing the judgement liens in the case of Connie Conner in reference to case numbers 01331FACICV055805, 01331FACICV055806 and 01331FACICV055807. All ayes, motion carried.

     McGrane explained the findings and recommendations that were in the fiscal year 2021 city examination. Moved Scott, seconded Tucker, to acknowledge receiving and reviewing the fiscal year 2021 city examination. All ayes, motion carried.

    There being no further business, Wood declared the meeting adjourned at 6:37 pm.

SPECIAL COUNCIL MEETING

February 10, 2022

     The City Council of the City of Fayette, Iowa, met Thursday, February 10, 2022, at 5:15 pm in the Community Room at the Fayette Community Library pursuant to law and rules of said council, Mayor Wood presiding (via telephone).

     Roll call: Present - Council members Post, Potratz, Scott, Tenney and Tucker.

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

     Moved Tucker, seconded Tenney, to discuss purchasing Big Rock Country Club golf course in Fayette County, Iowa. Big Rock board members were present to answer questions from the council members including operational and financial questions. Big Rock board members provided suggestions for the council to consider in their offer to buy.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Potratz, to go into closed session per Iowa Code 21.5(1)(j) to discuss the purchase or sale of particular real estate only where premature disclosure could be reasonably expected to increase the price the City would have to pay for that property or reduce the price the City would receive that property. Roll call, all ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tucker, seconded Scott, to open regular session (Post left the meeting during the closed session due to another personal obligation he needed to attend). Roll call, all ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Scott, seconded Tucker, to approve Resolution #2022-11 approving and submitting an offer to buy the Big Rock Country Club golf course in Fayette County, Iowa, for $400,000. Roll call, ayes - Potratz, Scott, Tenney and Tucker, absent - Post, motion carried.

    There being no further business, Wood declared the meeting adjourned at 6:40 pm.

REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING

February 7, 2022

     The City Council of the City of Fayette, Iowa, met Monday, February 7, 2022, at 6:00 pm in the Community Room at the Fayette Community Library pursuant to law and rules of said council, Mayor Wood presiding. The meeting began with the Pledge of Allegiance.

     Roll call: Present - Council members Post, Potratz, Scott, Tenney and Tucker.

     Moved Tucker, seconded Potratz, to approve the consent agenda items consisting of the regular meeting minutes of 1/17/22, the special meeting minutes of 1/26/22, the claims list of 1/15/22 - 2/4/22 and correspondence. Roll call, all ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Post, to approve the agenda as presented. All ayes, motion carried.

     Mayor Wood advised the council City Administrator/Clerk McGrane and him attended the Fayette Fire Advisory meeting on 1/19. Wood attended the Fayette County EMA commission meeting on 1/25, the Fayette County Conference Board on 1/26, the Personnel committee meeting on 1/26 and the Finance committee meeting on 2/2.

     City Administrator/Clerk McGrane informed the council he attended the Upper Explorerland Board meeting on 1/27 to express the frustrations and challenges we had with the administration of the CDBG Rehab grant performed by Upper Explorerland. A representative from the city of Cresco was also present to voice their grant administration issues.

     Fayette Police Chief Davis their department has been working with Junior Achievement and teaching elementary schools at our local school district.

     This being the time and place published for a public hearing on the proposed property tax levy for fiscal year July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023, Mayor Wood opened the hearing and asked for comments. McGrane and Wood explained the purpose for the proposed property tax levy. Sue Runyon inquired what the tax increase was from the previous year to the current year and she was informed $0.04. There being no additional comments, Mayor Wood closed the hearing.

     Moved Tucker, seconded Potratz, to approve Resolution #2022-09 adopting the proposed property tax levy for fiscal year 2023. Roll call, all ayes, motion carried.

     This being the time and place published for a public hearing on the sale of the city’s interest in the golf course property in Fayette County, Iowa, Mayor Wood opened the hearing and asked for comments. Tim Wulfekuhle started by explaining the reasons why Nancy and him want to purchase Big Rock golf course including keeping it a tourist destination for the city. Wulfekuhle explained the urgency of them purchasing it including helping the Big Rock board by getting their debts and financial obligations paid before liens and other consequences occur. The Wulfekuhle's also need to start planning for the upcoming golf season. Wulfekuhle explained some of the portions of the agreement, including running it as an 18 hole golf course for a minimum of 5 years. Wulfekuhle indicated if the city doesn't take the steps to sell tonight, he feels it is too late and they will withdrawal their offer to buy. Council member Scott informed everyone the city may only sell property at fair market value and the city attorney does not encourage the council to sell the city owned property known as the "back 9" for $1. Many people, including Roy Karlson, Dennis Martin, Mike Eischeid, Bernard Pattison, Zach Wulfekuhle, Sue Runyon, Anne Langerman, Katheryn Hannigan, Nancy Wulfekuhle, Bradley Minger, Adam Carpenter, Jim Mitchell, David Runyon, Nancy Stockman, Kevin Lehs, Davis Wulfekuhle, Steve Landry, Bill Prohaska, Jeff Bradley,Tim Frey, Wayne Tjernagel, Tim Wulfekuhle and Andrea Scott, asked and answered questions, spoke in favor of the city accepting the offer to buy and selling the property, and spoke against the city selling the property. Written comments and information were provided to the council prior to the meeting from Christie Dennis, Jon Biederman, the Big Rock Country Club Board, David Runyon, Katherine McCarville and Andrew Wenthe. Those in favor of the city accepting the offer to buy and selling the property indicated reasons, including the Wulfekuhle's have proven they can run successful businesses and have taken risks for the better of the city and the Wulfekuhle's will have to invest their own money in repairing the golf course as well as getting it ready for the upcoming season and take a financial risk. Those against the city selling the property indicated reasons, including selling the property for $1 was not enough money, the city should look into other options including the city purchasing the golf course and concerns that a minimum of 5 years running the 18 hole golf course was not long enough. Other concerns were mentioned including a possible future expansion to the city sewer lagoons that are located next to the golf course. The majority of those in attendance expressed they did not want to lose the golf course because it provides something for area residents to do and brings a lot of people to the city. There being no additional comments, Mayor Wood closed the hearing.

     Moved Post, seconded Potratz, to go into closed session per Iowa Code 21.5(1)(j) to discuss the purchase or sale of particular real estate only where premature disclosure could be reasonably expected to increase the price the City would have to pay for that property or reduce the price the City would receive that property. Roll call, all ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Post, seconded Tenney, to open regular session. Roll call, all ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Scott, seconded Post, to discuss Resolution #2022-10. Post informed everyone the city will look into holding another public hearing as well as options for the city to purchase the golf course and run it as a municipal golf course. No motions were made to adopt and accept Resolution #2022-10, directing the sale of the city's interest in the golf course property in Fayette County.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Scott, to discuss contracting with Fayette Lumber Company. Council member Post advised he is going to abstain from the discussion and the vote because he is an employee at the business, and it is his families business. The Fayette Lumber Company provided the city a project management agreement to assist with preparing the vacant lot for the Homes for Iowa home. McGrane reached out to the city of Oelwein and they were not interested in contracting with the city for this project. Moved Tucker, seconded Tenney, to approve and accept the construction management proposal from Fayette Lumber Company. Ayes - Potratz, Scott, Tenney, and Tucker, abstained - Post, motion carried.

     Moved Post, seconded Tucker, to discuss Fayette Recreation Board meeting minutes from 8/5/21, 9/7/21 and 9/19/21. Moved Post, seconded Tenney, to approve the Fayette Recreation Board meeting minutes from 8/5/21, 9/7/21 and 9/19/21. All ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tucker, seconded Scott, to approve the Fayette Personnel meeting minutes from 1/26/22. All ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Potratz, seconded Post, to approve the Fayette Finance committee meeting minutes from 2/2/22. All ayes, motion carried.

     Chief Davis advised the council that he would like to hire Cameron Hart as a part-time/reserve police officer. Hart was in attendance and a student with Upper Iowa University. Davis advised background checks were completed. Hart is originally from the Quad Cities area. Moved Post, seconded Tucker, to approve hiring Cameron Hart as a part time/reserve police officer at the rate of $15.50 per hour and paying for his reserve certification. All ayes, motion carried.

     Chief Davis advised the council that he would like to hire Jeremiah Owens as a part-time/reserve police officer. Owens was not present at the meeting. He is a Sergeant at the Strawberry Point police department and was a marine for quite a few years. Davis explained Owens is a good officer and is experienced in tactics. Hiring Owens will help cover the department during sickness, vacations and other time off. Owens will have to take another MMPI and an agreement is drafted for him to use most of his own equipment. Moved Tucker, seconded Scott, to approve hiring Jeremiah Owens as a part time/reserve police officer at the rate of $20 per hour. All ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Potratz, to discuss waiving the building permit application fees for Eagle Point Solar. Moved Tucker, seconded Potratz, to approve waiving the building permit application fees for Eagle Point Solar to install ground and roof mounted solar arrays on city properties located at 801 Big Rock Road, 11 S. Main Street, 149 S. Main Street, 104 W. State Street, 110 Lovers Lane, 602 E. Madison Street and 616 Wadena Road. All ayes, motion carried.

    There being no further business, Wood declared the meeting adjourned at 8:52 pm.

SPECIAL COUNCIL MEETING

January 26, 2022

     The City Council of the City of Fayette, Iowa, met Wednesday, January 26, 2022, at 6:00 pm in the Community Room at the Fayette Community Library pursuant to law and rules of said council, Mayor Wood presiding.

     Roll call: Present - Council members Post, Potratz (via telephone), Scott, Tenney and Tucker.

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

     Moved Tenney, seconded Scott, to go into closed session per Iowa Code 21.5(1)(c) to discuss strategy with counsel in matters that are presently in litigation where its disclosure would be likely to prejudice or disadvantage the position of the governmental body in that litigation. Roll call, all ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tucker, seconded Tenney, to open regular session. Roll call, all ayes, motion carried. Potratz phone line disconnected during closed session, and we were unable to get communication established again.

     Moved Tucker, seconded Scott, to approve Resolution #2022-08 directing setting of a public hearing for the sale of the city's interest in golf course property in Fayette, Fayette County, Iowa. Roll call, ayes - Post, Scott, Tenney and Tucker, absent - Potratz, motion carried.

    There being no further business, Wood declared the meeting adjourned at 7:15 pm.

REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING

January 17, 2022

     The City Council of the City of Fayette, Iowa, met Monday, January 17, 2022, at 6:00 pm in the Community Room at the Fayette Community Library pursuant to law and rules of said council, Mayor Wood presiding.

     Roll call: Present - Council members Post, Potratz, Scott, Tenney and Tucker.

     Moved Potratz, seconded Post, to approve the consent agenda items consisting of the regular meeting minutes of 1/3/22 and the claims list of 12/31/21 - 1/14/22. Roll call, all ayes, motion carried.

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

     Mayor Wood advised the council he attended the town hall meeting with Senator Grassley earlier today.

     Upon Mayor Wood’s request, moved Tenney, seconded Potratz, to reappoint Benjamin Davis as the Fayette Police Chief. All ayes, motion carried.

     Upon Mayor Wood’s request, moved Potratz, seconded Tucker, to reappoint Susan Scott to the Upper Explorerland Regional Housing Authority Board for 3 years. Ayes - Post, Potratz, Tenney and Tucker; Abstained - Scott; motion carried.

     Upon Mayor Wood’s request, moved Post, seconded Scott, to appoint Bradley Minger to the Fayette County Community Foundation Board for 3 years. All ayes, motion carried.

     Upon Mayor Wood’s request, moved Tucker, seconded Tenney, to reappoint Joshua Crosbie to the Fayette Tree Board for 3 years. All ayes, motion carried.

     Upon Mayor Wood’s request, moved Tenney, seconded Potratz, to approve the council committee appointments and representatives: Finance - Potratz (Chair), Tenney, Tucker; Personnel - Tucker (Chair), Potratz, Scott; Public Safety - Post (Chair), Tenney, Tucker; Streets & Sidewalks - Tenney (Chair), Post, Scott; Economic Development - Scott (Chair), Post, Potratz; Mayor Pro-Tem - Patricia Potratz; Fayette County E-911 Board Representative - Primary Benjamin Davis, Alternate Kris McGrane; Fayette County Emergency Management Representative - Primary Mayor Wood, Alternate Patricia Potratz). All ayes, motion carried.

     City Administrator/Clerk McGrane provided an update on the CDBG Rehab grant and the Fayette County Board of Supervisors meeting in reference to the dispatching contract. McGrane has went through all the free laptops and will be working on getting them delivered to the departments. Mayor Wood and McGrane attended the new local business/community leaders meeting on 1/12. Letters and invoices have went out to the property owners who need to reimburse the city for the private lines that were installed during the W. Water Street improvements project.

     Fayette Police Chief Davis informed the council that he completed the Peer Support Team training and is working on a plan and policy that he hopes can assist all of the emergency responders in Fayette County. It will help emergency responders with debriefings and grief counseling. Davis reviewed prior applicants in hopes to hire a new part-time reserve officer for the department to replace former part-time officer Austin Hall who resigned. Citations from the speed cameras are starting to decrease. Davis advised the cameras are doing their job of slowing vehicles down because there have only been 2 accidents compared to the usual 6 accidents at the intersection of HWY 150 and 93.

     Moved Post, seconded Scott, to approve the third and final reading of Ordinance #514, Electric Transmission Franchise with ITC Midwest LLC. Roll call, all ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Scott, to discuss and consider contracting with Peters Construction Corp. to assist with preparing the vacant lot for the Homes for Iowa home. McGrane provided the agreement and costs. McGrane advised Peters Constr. informed him they have never done a project like this before and they were unsure how to bid it, so they put in a high estimate of $37,675. Peters Constr. advised they would only charge for the work they complete and do not anticipate the cost to be that high. The council recommended McGrane inquire with the city of Oelwein and research other options and estimates. No formal action was taken.

     Moved Tucker, seconded Post, to approve the Fayette Tree Board meeting minutes from 9/15/21 and the discussion notes from 11/30/21. All ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Scott, to approve the Fayette Community Library Director's report from 1/12/22. All ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Post, seconded Potratz, to discuss and consider removing Andrew Wenthe from all the city of Fayette bank accounts and safe deposit box and adding Kurt Wood. Moved Tenney, seconded Tucker, to approve removing Andrew Wenthe from all the city of Fayette bank accounts and safe deposit box and adding Kurt Wood. All ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Post, to discuss and consider adding authorized signatures to the cities CD's. Northeast Security Bank is requesting the council provide them authorized signers to the cities certificate of deposits (CD's). Moved Tucker, seconded Potratz, to approve Kris McGrane, Nancy Creery and Kurt Wood to all the CD's with Northeast Security Bank. All ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Potratz, seconded Post, to approve Resolution #2022-01 reappointing and approving compensation schedule for the City Attorney. Roll call, all ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Potratz, seconded Tucker, to discuss Resolution #2022-02. Moved Tenney, seconded Potratz, to approve Resolution #2022-02 adopting the new home and new commercial construction incentive program from January 1, 2022, through December 31, 2022. Roll call, all ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tucker, seconded Scott, to discuss Resolution #2022-03. Moved Tenney, seconded Post, to approve Resolution #2022-03 adopting a commercial business marketing incentive from January 1, 2022, through December 31, 2022. Roll call, all ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Potratz, to discuss Resolution #2022-04. Moved Tucker, seconded Scott, to approve Resolution #2022-04 amendment #1 to the Linda Shannon housing rehabilitation project. Roll call, all ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Post, seconded Potratz, to discuss Resolution #2022-05. Moved Scott, seconded Tucker, to approve Resolution #2022-05 change order #1 to the Linda Shannon housing rehabilitation project. Roll call, all ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Scott, seconded Potratz, to discuss Resolution #2022-06. Moved Potratz, seconded Tucker, to approve Resolution #2022-06 change order #2 to the Linda Shannon housing rehabilitation project. Roll call, all ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Scott, to discuss Resolution #2022-07. Moved Post, seconded Tenney, to approve Resolution #2022-07 final acceptance and authorizing final payment on the Linda Shannon housing rehabilitation project. Roll call, all ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Post, to discuss and consider purchasing cleaning supplies and banners for vacant downtown businesses. Tucker would like the city to work with the vacant downtown businesses to have vinyl pictures or information placed on the windows letting people know they are available. Tucker would also like to get volunteers to help clean the inside of some of them in hopes they can have open houses in the future. Tucker thought if the city would cover costs for the vinyl and cleaning supplies it may help get them sold quicker. Tucker can research costs. Moved Tenney, seconded Potratz, to refer this to the Economic Development committee. All ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Post, to discuss and consider directing the City Administrator/Clerk to publish the proposed property tax levy and setting a public hearing. Moved Tucker, seconded Potratz, to approve directing the City Administrator/Clerk to publish the proposed property tax levy and setting a public hearing for Monday, February 7, 2022, at 6PM on the Fiscal Year 2023 proposed property tax levy. Roll call, all ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Post, seconded Scott, to go into closed session per Iowa Code 21.5(1)(j) to discuss the purchase or sale of particular real estate only where premature disclosure could be reasonably expected to increase the price the City would have to pay for that property or reduce the price the City would receive that property. Roll call, all ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Post, to open regular session. Roll call, all ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Post, seconded Scott, to table discussion and consideration in directing the City Administrator/Clerk to publish and set a public hearing on the city to purchase or sell property. All ayes, motion carried.

    There being no further business, Wood declared the meeting adjourned at 8:44 pm.

REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING

January 3, 2022

     The City Council of the City of Fayette, Iowa, met Monday, January 3, 2022, at 6:00 pm in the Community Room at the Fayette Community Library pursuant to law and rules of said council, Mayor Wood presiding.

     Roll call: Present - Council members Post, Potratz, Scott, Tenney and Tucker.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Potratz, to approve the consent agenda items consisting of the regular meeting minutes of 12/20/21, the claims list of 12/18/21 - 12/30/21, correspondence from the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) and June 2021 through November 2021 Finanical Reports. Roll call, all ayes, motion carried.

     Treasurer’s Balance for Fund Accounts as of May 31, 2021: Total May Receipts: $189,193.33 (General $73,507.73; 9 S Main $550; Streets $14,111.38; Employee Benefits $13,352.58; Local Option Sales Tax $9,373.50; TIF $13,054.10; CDBG $1,648; Revolving Loan $231.11; Bolger $405.16; Library Fund $1.21; Water $26,351.09; Water T&A $1,050; Sewer $30,532.06; Water/Sewer Capital $4,455.41; Storm Water $570). Total May Disbursements: $191,868.07 (General $38,453.30; 9 S. Main $84.08; Streets $6,350.49; Employee Benefits $7,094.27; CDBG $2,167.51; Revolving Loan $100.13; Bolger $2,075.08; Water Street Project $7,180; Water $9,377.77; Water T&A $2,325; Sewer $24,324.87; Sewer Fund $92,335.57). Transfers in: Sewer Fund $9,575.50; Transfers out: Sewer $9,575.50. Treasurer’s Balance: $4,856,898.58.

     Treasurer’s Balance for Fund Accounts as of June 30, 2021: Total June Receipts: $119,227.04 (General $31,666.06; Streets $17,888.06; Employee Benefits $2,583.53; Local Option Sales Tax [LOST] $9,373.50; Revolving Loan $231.95; Bolger $202.21; Library Fund $65.36; Water $21,180.39; Water T&A $1,650; Sewer $29,299.90; Water/Sewer Capital $4,466.03; Storm Water $620.05). Total June Disbursements: $310,044.26 (General $65,301.72; 9 S. Main $7,012.66; Streets $50,698.29; Employee Benefits $8,325.67; TIF $44,921.50; CDBG $9,200.66; Revolving Loan $66.47; Bolger $6,772.46; Water Street Project $61,786.43; Water $33,743.74; Water T&A $2,430.02; Sewer $19,784.64). Transfers in: General $57,921.19; Street $69,018.15; TIF LMI $12,078.50; Bolger $5,399; Capital Project Tower $15,000; Sewer Fund $9,575.50; Transfers out: General $20,000; LOST $121,939.34; TIF $17,477.50; Sewer $9,575.50. Treasurer’s Balance: $4,670,545.02.

     Treasurer’s Balance for Fund Accounts as of July 31, 2021: Total July Receipts: $141,720.99 (General $51,659.32; Streets $21,428.42; Employee Benefits $1,235.01; Local Option Sales Tax $9,373.50; Revolving Loan $231.46; Bolger $1,526.91; Library Fund $505.49; Water $27,331.25; Water T&A $1,200; Sewer $22,723.61; Water/Sewer Capital $3,982.91; Storm Water $523.11). Total July Disbursements: $300,874.61 (General $92,024.28; Streets $11,712.77; Employee Benefits $28,984.18; CDBG $16,019.62; Revolving Loan $28,261.53; Bolger $3,124.36; Water Street Project $62,396.57; Water $29,160.71; Water T&A $1,094.98; Sewer $28,095.61). Transfers in: Sewer Fund $9,575.50; Transfers out: Sewer $9,575.50. Treasurer’s Balance: $4,511,627.81.

     Treasurer’s Balance for Fund Accounts as of August 31, 2021: Total August Receipts: $244,486.27 (General $31,147.57; Streets $12,909.68; Local Option Sales Tax $10,277.46; CDBG $3,992; Revolving Loan $231.02; Bolger $12,288.04; Library Fund $105.30; American Rescue Plan $107,371.55; Water $29,539.89; Water T&A $4,200; Sewer $27,169.11; Water/Sewer Capital $4,651.65; Storm Water $603). Total August Disbursements: $146,828.34 (General $39,368.81; Streets $6,375.02; Employee Benefits $4,003.92; Bolger $185.31; Water Street Project $71,203.58; Water $9,456.23; Water T&A $1,393.66; Sewer $14,839.41; Storm Water $2.40). Transfers in: Sewer Fund $9,575.50; Transfers out: Sewer $9,575.50. Treasurer’s Balance: $4,609,997.64.

     Treasurer’s Balance for Fund Accounts as of September 30, 2021: Total September Receipts: $207,371.67 (General $93,573.70; Streets $21,349.30; Employee Benefits $17,958.60; Local Option Sales Tax $10,330.70; Revolving Loan $230.31; Bolger $1,790.77; Library Fund $64.01; Debt Services $3,832.51; Water $26,689.96; Water T&A $450; Sewer $26,071.83; Water/Sewer Capital $4,467.03; Storm Water $562.95). Total September Disbursements: $326,543.41 (General $69,434.39; 9 S. Main $736; Streets $8,948.64; Employee Benefits $10,560.63; CDBG $3,086; Bolger $12,237.86; Water Street Project $177,283.65; Water $12,788.91; Water T&A $708.20; Sewer $30,759.13). Transfers in: Sewer Fund $9,575.50; Transfers out: Sewer $9,575.50. Treasurer’s Balance: $4,500,753.55.

     Treasurer’s Balance for Fund Accounts as of October 31, 2021: Total October Receipts: $320,602.97 (General $129,293.65; Streets $14,376.72; Employee Benefits $34,049.18; Local Option Sales Tax $10,330.70; TIF $28,176.29; CDBG $25,220; Revolving Loan $230.19; Bolger $87.25; Library Fund $53.47; Debt Services $8,072.14; Water $26,499.77; Water T&A $750; Sewer $37,791.31; Water/Sewer Capital $5,077.58; Storm Water $594.72). Total October Disbursements: $730,067.84 (General $248,615.04; Streets $25,725.30; Employee Benefits $10,336.03; CDBG $10,551.32; Bolger $3,133.26; Water Street Project $395,347.53; Water $17,893.11; Water T&A $450; Sewer $18,016.25). Transfers in: Sewer Fund $9,575.50; Transfers out: Sewer $9,575.50. Treasurer’s Balance: $4,090,176.18.

     Treasurer’s Balance for Fund Accounts as of November 30, 2021: Total November Receipts: $223,940.39 (General $102,931.13; 9 S Main $600; Streets $11,428.02; Employee Benefits $10,134.75; Local Option Sales Tax $31,992.23; Revolving Loan $230.59; Bolger $82.67; Library Fund $148.91; Debt Services $2,162.84; American Rescue Plan $359.73; Water $24,818.50; Water T&A $600; Sewer $32,986.66; Water/Sewer Capital $4,845.48; Storm Water $618.88). Total November Disbursements: $102,801.34 (General $54,482.29; Streets $6,584.65; Employee Benefits $4,070.19; Bolger $58.71; Debt Services $4,153.50; Water Street Project $7,821; Water $12,429.96; Water T&A $244.72; Sewer $12,956.32). Transfers in: Sewer Fund $9,575.50; Transfers out: Sewer $9,575.50. Treasurer’s Balance: $4,211,991.41.

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

     Mayor Wood thanked former mayor Wenthe and council member Wulfekuhle for their years of experience and service to the city. Wood met with Wenthe last month to go over city details. On 12/11, Wood attended part 1 of the Iowa Municipal Leadership Academy training. Wood advised he was planning on having new council member Susan Scott fill former council member Wulfekuhles roles on the committees Wulfekuhle was on and leaving everyone else the same. If any council members have any suggestions or issues, they are to contact him.

     City Administrator/Clerk McGrane updated the council on the CDBG Housing Rehab grant. The IEDA approved awarding the grant administration to Simmering-Cory. McGrane has spent a lot of time obtaining the records from Upper Explorerland, finalizing things with them, sending all the information to Simmering-Cory (SC) and updating them. SC found multiple issues that Upper Explorerland had failed to complete and are working with IEDA to get things cleaned up. McGrane attended the Board of Supervisors meeting on 12/27 as they are discussing dispatch contracts. McGrane explained when he cleared the cities liabilities for fiscal year 2021, it adjusted the amounts in the funds for the June 2021 Treasurers and Clerks Reports. It also adjusted each month after that, so McGrane requested the council approve all the new reports starting with June 2021. McGrane explained how to read all the financial reports and claims.

     Fayette Police Chief Davis advised the council that he and another Fayette officer will be attending a Peer Support and Trauma training. K9 Odin will be evaluated this month. Davis updated the council on the E911 Fayette County radio upgrades that are currently in discussions and the Fayette County dispatch contract.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Post, to discuss the second reading of Ordinance #514. Moved Potratz, seconded Post, to approve the second reading of Ordinance #514, Electric Transmission Franchise with ITC Midwest LLC. Roll call, all ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Potratz, to discuss the Homes for Iowa home project. McGrane reached out to Jon Biederman with Fehr Graham and he suggested it would be less expensive if the city hired a general contractor to administer and coordinate the work for the home. Biederman recommended Peter's Construction out of Waterloo. Biederman, PW Director Jerry Hildebrand, McGrane and Darrin Gillett with Peter's Construction met on 12/29 to discuss the project. Gillett advised they would be interested. McGrane needs to follow up with legal questions. The majority of the council agreed to continue planning a basement in the house. No formal action was taken.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Tucker, to discuss and consider having all fees for online and ACH payments to the city be paid by the customers. McGrane reminded the council that we are switching online payment vendors due to our utility billing software. The new vendor, PACE, has a different fee structure than our current vendor. PACE has a $0.99 fee for Echeck/ACH payments and our current vendor doesn't charge a fee for customers signed up for automatic ACH payments. PACE only charges $1.30 for a minimum fee for credit card payments and the current vendor charges $1.50. The city currently has the customer pay for all the fees. Moved Tucker, seconded Tenney, to have all the fees for online and ACH payments be paid by the customers. All ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Post, seconded Tenney, to discuss and consider making decisions for the renewal of the contract with American Tower Cell. McGrane advised on 12/22 he spoke with Tower Genius about the contract. McGrane shared a few key suggestions Tower Genius provided as well as Tower Genius rates: $2,750 for a basic service and $1,000 non-refundable deposit plus 4 times the new months tower rent for a more advance service. McGrane recommended the council grant the mayor and himself permission to start negotiations because they could take one to two years. Once the mayor felt comfortable with a contract, he will bring it back to the council and they may decide at that time if they would like to hire Tower Genius to review the contract. Moved Tucker, seconded Potratz, to have the mayor and city administrator/clerk to begin negotiations with American Tower Cell. All ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Post, to discuss and approve contract change order 6 for the Water St. Improvements project 20-897. Moved Potratz, seconded Tucker, to approve contract change order number 6 for the Water Street Improvements project 20-897 which decreases the contract by $16,816.10. All ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Potratz, to discuss and consider approving partial pay estimate 7 to Heartland Asphalt, Inc. for the Water St. Improvements project. Moved Post, seconded Tenney, to approve partial pay estimate #7 to Heartland Asphalt, Inc. for the Water St. Improvements project in the amount of $19,634.98. All ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Potratz, to discuss and consider changing the day and time of city council meetings. No formal action was taken.

    There being no further business, Wood declared the meeting adjourned at 8:32 pm.

REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING

December 20, 2021

     The City Council of the City of Fayette, Iowa, met Monday, December 20, 2021, at 6:00 pm in the Community Room at the Fayette Community Library pursuant to law and rules of said council, Mayor Wenthe presiding.

     Roll call: Present - Council members Post, Potratz, Tenney and Tucker; Absent - Wulfekuhle.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Tucker, to approve the consent agenda items consisting of the regular meeting minutes of 12/6/21 and the claims list of 12/4/21 - 12/17/21. Roll call, all ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Post, seconded Tucker, to amend the agenda by removing items 8B, approving contract change order number 6, and 8C, approving partial pay estimate number 7, both for the Water Street project. All ayes, motion carried. Moved Tenney, seconded Potratz, to approve the agenda as amended. All ayes, motion carried.

     Mayor Wenthe informed the council that he met with incoming Mayor Kurt Wood to update him on city business before he takes over at the beginning of the year.

     City Administrator/Clerk McGrane updated the council on the Homes for Iowa home and he will be meeting with a general contractor. McGrane discovered the city will still need to legally send the shut-off notices through the mail. McGrane had his first phone meeting on 12/8 to start the codification process with Simmering Cory. McGrane has continued to work quite a bit on the CDBG Housing Rehab grant as we finish up the contract with Upper Explorerland and prepare to transition to a new grant administrator. Fayette City Hall will be closed on 12/24, 12/27 and 12/31 for the holidays.

     Fayette Police Chief Davis advised the council on 1/4/22 & 1/5/22 K9 Oden will be evaluated in Des Moines to determine if he can attend K9 training in the spring. Fayette Officer Olivia Hake graduated from the academy last Friday and is back to work in Fayette. The Police Dept. received a $1500 donation for the K9 from ITC Midwest and the K9 t-shirt fundraiser made around $1300.

     This being the time and place published for a public hearing on the proposed adoption of an ordinance granting to ITC Midwest, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of ITC Holdings Corp., a 25-year non-exclusive electric transmission franchise. There being no comments, Mayor Wenthe closed the hearing.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Post, to discuss the first reading of Ordinance #514. Moved Tenney, seconded Tucker, to approve the first reading of Ordinance #514, Electric Transmission Franchise with ITC Midwest LLC. Roll call, all ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Tucker, to discuss and approve the Fayette Recreation Board meeting minutes from 5/10/21, 6/24/21 and 7/8/21. All ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Potratz, to discuss and approve the Fayette Community Library Board of Trustees meeting minutes from 11/10/21. All ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Post, seconded Tenney, to discuss and approve the Fayette Personnel Committee meeting minutes from 11/22/21. All ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Tucker, to discuss and approve the Fayette Fire Department meeting minutes from 12/7/21. All ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Post, seconded Tenney, to discuss and approve the 2021 Fayette County Economic Development and Tourism Annual Report. All ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Potratz, to discuss contacting Tower Genius for contract renewal with American Tower Cell. McGrane advised they advertise a $99 fee for a 30 minute discovery call. Moved Tucker, seconded Post, to approve having the city administrator/clerk or the deputy clerk to contact Tower Genius for input on the Cell Tower contract. All ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tucker, seconded Potratz, to discuss and consider awarding Simmering-Cory & Iowa Codification the grant administration and technical services for the CDBG Housing Rehabilitation grant program. McGrane advised they were the only proposals we received. Moved Tucker, seconded Post, to award Simmering-Cory & Iowa Codification the grant administration and technical services for the CDBG Housing Rehabilitation grant program. All ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Post, to discuss Resolution #2021-37. Moved Potratz, seconded Post, to approve Resolution #2021-37 awarding grant administration services for a housing sustainability community development block grant program. Roll call, all ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Tucker, to discuss Resolution #2021-38. Moved Tenney, seconded Potratz, to approve Resolution #2021-38 awarding technical services for a housing sustainability community development block grant program. Roll call, all ayes, motion carried.

    There being no further business, moved Potratz, unanimous, to adjourn at 6:21 pm.

REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING

December 6, 2021

     The City Council of the City of Fayette, Iowa, met Monday, December 6, 2021, at 6:00 pm in the Community Room at the Fayette Community Library pursuant to law and rules of said council, Mayor Wenthe presiding.

     Roll call: Present - Council members Post, Potratz, Tenney, Tucker and Wulfekuhle.

     Moved Potratz, seconded Post, to approve the consent agenda items consisting of the regular meeting minutes of 11/15/21, the claims list of 11/13/21 - 12/3/21 and correspondence from Mediacom. Roll call, all ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Wulfekuhle, to approve the agenda as presented. All ayes, motion carried.

     City Administrator/Clerk McGrane advised the council he attended the Iowa League of Cities Budget Workshop on 11/16. On 11/17, McGrane met with some Fayette business owners to introduce themselves and start working on local promotions and events. On 11/17, the city started emailing out the utility late/shut-off notices to customers who currently receive their utility bills by email. McGrane indicated it took him around 20 hours gathering and providing all the necessary information to the auditor for the annual city exam. Almost all the documentation was electronic and sent via 60 emails. The on-site city exam visit was on 12/3 and everything went very well. The annual TIF Renewal paperwork was completed and submitted to the Fayette County Auditor.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Wulfekuhle, to discuss directing the City Administrator/Clerk to publish and set a Public Hearing for 12/20/21 on the proposed adoption of an ordinance granting to ITC Midwest LLC a 25-year non-exclusive electric transmission franchise. Moved Wulfekuhle, seconded Tenney, to direct the City Administrator/Clerk to publish and set a Public Hearing for December 20, 2021, at 6PM in the Fayette Community Library on the proposed adoption of an ordinance granting to ITC Midwest LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of ITC Holdings Corp., a 25-year non-exclusive electric transmission franchise. All ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Tucker, to discuss and consider hiring Mark Jencks as a full-time City Maintenance Worker. Jencks will join the other 3 full-time Public Works (PW) employees. Moved Potratz, seconded Post, to approve hiring Mark Jencks as a full-time City Maintenance Worker at an hourly wage of $20.005. All ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Tucker, to discuss and consider moving Jacob Palmer from an hourly wage of $20.42 to $21.10. PW Director Jerry Hildebrand explained by offering Jencks a higher wage than we normally would, the current PW employees will need a pay increase to keep things fair. Moved Wulfekuhle, seconded Tucker, to approve increasing Jacob Palmer's hourly wage from $20.42 to $21.10. All ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Post, seconded Tenney, to discuss and consider moving Adam Hildebrand from an hourly wage of $26.06 to $26.76. Moved Tenney, seconded Wulfekuhle, to approve increasing Adam Hildebrand's hourly wage from $26.06 to $26.76. All ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Tucker, to discuss and approve partial pay estimate number 2 to Dave's Home Improvement for CDBG Rehab project. Moved Tucker, seconded Potratz, to approve partial pay estimate number 2 to Dave's Home Improvement for CDBG Rehabilitation project at 605 S. Main Street in the amount of $9,018. All ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Potratz, to discuss Resolution 2021-34. McGrane explained that Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission (UERPC) has advised they will not be able to complete the sixth and final house of the CDBG Rehab grant before the grant expiration date in January of 2022. McGrane has been in contact with the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) and indicated his frustration with the administration of the grant by UERPC. IEDA is giving the city of Fayette an opportunity to terminate the grant administration and technical services contract/agreement with UERPC and hire a new grant administrator before the grant expires. At that time, they will consider extending the grant expiration date to complete the sixth house. McGrane has reached out to another company who would be interested in applying to become our new grant administrator if we choose to terminate the contract/agreement with UERPC. Moved Potratz, seconded Post, to adopt Resolution 2021-34 authorizing the termination of its contract with Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission for CDBG Grant Administration and Technical Services as of 12/17/21. Roll call, all ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Tucker, to discuss and consider directing the City Administrator/Clerk to publish the Notice for Grant Administration and for Technical Services for Housing Projects. McGrane advised this would be the next step the city must take to hire a new grant administrator and handle the technical services for the CDBG Rehab grant to complete the sixth home. Moved Tucker, seconded Post, to direct the City Administrator/Clerk to publish the Notice for Grant Administration and for Technical Services for Housing Projects. All ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Post, to discuss Resolution 2021-35. McGrane advised we need to change First State Bank to Northeast Security Bank and increase the maximum balance amounts for the city of Fayette depositories. Moved Potratz, seconded Post, to adopt Resolution 2021-35 updating the city of Fayette depositories from Resolution 2016-10. Roll call, all ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Tucker, to discuss Resolution 2021-36. McGrane advised this update is suggested by the auditor because the Iowa Code Chapter has changed. Moved Tucker, seconded Wulfekuhle, to adopt Resolution 2021-36 amending Resolution 2014-14, Investment Policy for the City of Fayette, Iowa, at the suggestion of Auditor Rachelle Thompson to change Iowa Code Chapter 452 to Iowa Code Chapter 12B. Roll call, all ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Post, seconded Tenney, to discuss and consider taking the next steps for purchasing a Homes for Iowa home. McGrane advised the city will have approximately $101,500 in the TIF LMI (Tax Increment Financing, Low to Moderate Income) fund that must be spent on assisting low to moderate income residents. The city is able to use the money to purchase the Homes for Iowa home as long as the home is sold to a low to moderate income person/family. McGrane suggested the city needs to start taking the steps to look for a contractor to prepare the lot for the home, if the council chooses to move forward. The home is scheduled to be delivered in July of 2022. Moved Potratz, seconded Tucker, to start taking the next steps for the Homes for Iowa home. All ayes, motion carried.

     There being no further business, moved Potratz, unanimous, to adjourn at 6:30 pm.

REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING

November 15, 2021

     The City Council of the City of Fayette, Iowa, met Monday, November 15, 2021, at 6:00 pm in the Community Room at the Fayette Community Library pursuant to law and rules of said council, Mayor Wenthe presiding.

     Roll call: Present - Council members Post, Potratz, Tenney, Tucker and Wulfekuhle.

     Moved Potratz, seconded Tucker, to approve the consent agenda items consisting of the regular meeting minutes of 11/1/21, the claims list of 10/30/21 - 11/12/21, the abstract of votes for the city elections on 11/2/21, the Annual Financial Report for Fiscal Year 2021 and the Street Financial Report for Fiscal Year 2021. Roll call, all ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tucker, seconded Wulfekuhle, to amend the agenda and move agenda item 6C, discussion on the Water Street liquidated damages to 6A at the beginning of Old Business and to approve the amended agenda. All ayes, motion carried.

     Upon Mayor Wenthe’s request, moved Wulfekuhle, seconded Post, to appoint Elizabeth Meyer to the Fayette Fire Department. All ayes, motion carried.

     Mayor Wenthe attended the Big Rock Country Club golf course meeting last week and they are working through their options of how to pay off their debt. Wenthe reminded them that the city owns the back nine and if they make any changes to the course, the agreement with the city will need to be updated.

     City Administrator/Clerk McGrane updated the council on the CDBG Rehab grant administered by Upper Explorerland. McGrane has been in communication with the state and is looking into options the city can take for the grant. McGrane notified a few businesses in town about the hotel-motel tax passing so they can start preparing and to reach out to the Iowa Department of Revenue with questions. McGrane has been working with a few business owners to get a meeting for all Fayette business owners to meet. Andrea Scott with Yoga Genesis has a meeting scheduled for them on 11/17. McGrane sent out the fiscal year 2023 budget worksheets to all the department supervisors and boards.

     Fayette Police Chief Davis advised the council the city did not receive one of the grants for the K9 but there is another grant he is pursuing. Odin, the Fayette PD K9, will be evaluated in January to determine if he will be able to go through K9 training in the spring. Davis is now a certified Mental Health Crisis Intervention Member. Davis said the Fayette PD toy drive has started for this year and encouraged everyone to help promote it. The department has partnered with Peacocks for Progress to help promote the toy drive at Upper Iowa University. The toys will be donated to Riverview and Helping Services as in the past.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Post, to discuss W. Water Street project liquidated damages. Wenthe advised he met with Jon Beiderman (Fehr Graham), Public Works Director (PWD) Jerry Hildebrand and Kris McGrane to discuss the liquidated damages. The recommendation was to penalize Heartland Asphalt $12,600 for the project delays. Colton Meirick with Heartland Asphalt was present. Meirick was appreciative of the city for their patience with the delays of the project and was understanding of the penalty. Moved Potratz, seconded Post, to move forward with liquidated damages to Heartland Asphalt for the West Water Street improvements project of $600 per day from September 18, 2021, to October 8, 2021, totaling $12,600. All ayes, motion carried.

     This being the time and place published for a public hearing on allowing KDME, LLC to have access to and to install a solar electric generating system on designated premises owned by the City of Fayette and sell the electricity generated by the system to the City of Fayette, Mayor Wenthe opened the hearing and asked for comments. Tucker advised she had a resident that was concerned about the ground solar panels by the water tower. Pat and Linda Whelan were present and asked questions including how the power purchase agreement worked. Kent Kraus with Eagle Point Solar was present and explained how the agreement worked. McGrane advised PWD Hildebrand mentioned to him there used to be a home located at the place where the ground solar panels at the water tower were scheduled to be constructed. Kraus and the council will look to see if they may be moved to provide more room for a future house. Mayor Wenthe closed the hearing.

     Moved Potratz, seconded Tucker, to discuss Resolution 2021-32. Moved Tucker, seconded Tenney, to adopt Resolution 2021-32 approving the Solar Power Purchase Agreement. Roll call, all ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Post, to discuss purchasing a 2022 F-150 4x4 Regular Cab at a maximum price of $36,280. This was a budgeted expense, and the lowest bid is from Wilbur Ford at $30,600. A few other bids included a Chevy from Birdnow at $34,210 and a Ford from Browns at around $37,000. PWD Hildebrand advised the truck may not get here until June and it is an addition to the Public Works vehicles. Moved Tenney, seconded Potratz, to purchase a 2022 F-150 4x4 Regular Cab from Wilbur Ford for $30,600. All ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Tucker, to discuss continuing with a Wellmark Health Insurance plan for city employees. McGrane advised he met with the city's insurance representative on 11/12 to discuss the cities options. The best option was to remain with our current plan with an increase of 7.45% to the premiums. The city will have around a 40% usage loss for this current year. The city saved money from the previous plan that the city moved away from earlier this year because our usage loss was under 74%. Moved Tucker, seconded Wulfekuhle, to continue with the Wellmark myBlue HDHP Bronze partially self-funded plan for the city employees and contribute a total of $1,000 to single and $2,000 to family city employee's health savings accounts with half the amount paid every six months. All ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Post, to discuss Resolution 2021-31. Moved Post, seconded Wulfekuhle, to adopt Resolution 2021-31 gWorks Master Services Agreement, Terms of Service, Product Support Agreement and Privacy Policy. Roll call, all ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Wulfekuhle, to discuss moving forward with hiring Upper Explorerland with city code of ordinance updates. McGrane provided the quote which was $3,500. It was the consensus of the council to find out how the administration of the current CDBG grant will be completed by Upper Explorerland before we start a new project with them. No action was taken.

     Moved Wulfekuhle, seconded Post, to discuss Resolution 2021-33. Moved Tenney, seconded Post, to adopt Resolution 2021-33 an agreement for Codification Services with Local Government Professional Services, Incorporated doing business as Iowa Codification. Roll call, all ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Potratz, to discuss and approve the Annual Urban Renewal Report for fiscal year (FY) 2021. Moved Wulfekuhle, seconded Tucker, to approve the Annual Urban Renewal Report for FY2021. All ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Potratz, seconded Post, to go into closed session per Iowa Code 21.5(1)(j) to discuss the purchase or sale of particular real estate only where premature disclosure could be reasonably expected to increase the price the City would have to pay for that property or reduce the price the City would receive that property. Roll call, all ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Post, to open regular session. Roll call, all ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Post, to discuss the city purchasing property in the city limits of Fayette. Moved Potratz, seconded Tenney, to not take action on purchasing any property at this time. All ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tucker, seconded Post, to discuss applying for a grant. Moved Tucker, seconded Tenney, to continue to look at grants and put a plan in place to assist with vacant businesses in Fayette. All ayes, motion carried.

     There being no further business, moved Potratz, unanimous, to adjourn at 7:16 pm.

REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING

November 1, 2021

     The City Council of the City of Fayette, Iowa, met Monday, November 1, 2021, at 6:00 pm in the Community Room at the Fayette Community Library pursuant to law and rules of said council, Mayor Wenthe presiding.

     Roll call: Present - Council members Post, Tenney, Tucker and Wulfekuhle. Absent - Potratz.

     Moved Tucker, seconded Wulfekuhle, to approve the consent agenda items consisting of the regular meeting minutes of 10/18/21, the claims list of 10/16/21 - 10/29/21, July 2021 Financial Reports, August 2021 Financial Reports, approval to renew the Class C Beer Permit with a Class B Wine Permit and Sunday Sales for Dollar General Store #20268 and approval to renew the Class C Liquor License and Sunday Sales for Down Town Lounge. Roll call, all ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Post, seconded Tenney, to approve the agenda as presented. All ayes, motion carried.

     Mayor Wenthe informed the council the city needs to find a resident to serve on the Fayette County Waste Management Committee. Wenthe mentioned he will be attending the Big Rock Country Club members meeting on 11/11 when they discuss potential changes to the golf course. Wenthe indicated there was a good turnout at the Meet the Candidates night on 10/29. Wenthe advised the Iowa Municipal Finance Officers Association (IMFOA) sent a letter indicating City Administrator/Clerk Kris McGrane has become an Iowa Certified Municipal Finance Officer.

     City Administrator/Clerk McGrane advised the council that he posted the City Maintenance Worker help wanted ads and the information about the election proposals on the city website, social media, city hall, post office and the bank on 10/19 & 10/20. On 10/20 McGrane had a site visit from IMWCA Workers Compensation. McGrane attended the IMFOA training on 10/21 and 10/22 and reported some of the updates and information that was brought up. On 10/26 McGrane had the annual Access Systems account review. On 10/27 McGrane completed the GASB 77 letters. McGrane updated the council on the CDBG Rehab grant administered by Upper Explorerland and how the city may not be able to get the 6th and final house completed before the grant runs out in January 2022. McGrane reminded the council that city hall and the city offices will be closed on 11/11 for Veterans Day and 11/25 and 11/26 for Thanksgiving. McGrane will be completing the Annual Financial Report and the Annual Street Report this month.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Tucker, to discuss approving the Recreation (Rec) Board to use their money from savings to repair a baseball diamond at Cardinal Park. An estimate from Iowa Athletic Field Construction Company was provided in the amount of $54,579.37. Steve Landry and Susan Scott with the Rec Board were present. Adam Carpenter from the UIU Rec Center expressed that UIU staff/students would be able to help maintain the fields to save the Public Works Dept. time. A quote for the renovation was received earlier this year in the amount of $53,000 and it has now increased about $1,500 since then. Landry mentioned the Rec Board is looking into contacting traveling teams and surrounding recreational programs to use the fields more often. Scott advised the longer they wait to renovate them, the more it will cost. Tucker recommended the Rec Board inquire if there are basic repairs for the other field that could be completed while the company is in town. Tucker also inquired if another bid was required due to the projects high cost. Moved Tenney, seconded Wulfekuhle, to approve letting the Rec Board spend $54,579.37 of their savings for renovating the east baseball field at Cardinal Park, subject to the bid process and if another bid is needed. All ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Post, to discuss combining the Rec Board with the Park Board. Scott advised they are open to joining but would like to have two more members on the board. It was discussed about having one of the Board members include a Public Works Dept. employee to assist with communication. It was decided that may cause a conflict of interest and a Public Works Dept. employee should be the liaison to the Board similar to the Tree Board. Moved Post, seconded Tenney, to have the City Administrator/Clerk draft an ordinance joining the Recreation and Parks Boards, adding two additional members, having a Public Works Department employee act as a liaison for the Board and having the Rec Board review it prior to the city council receiving it. All ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Wulfekuhle, to discuss designating an area in town for a dog park. Landry mentioned some dog parks have two fenced in areas, one for bigger dogs and one for smaller dogs. The Rec Board mentioned the grassy lot across the street from the disc golf course along the trail as a good location. They inquired if the city could dump snow at the disc golf course instead of the possible dog park location. The council requested the Rec Board continue to gather more information and draft a map of where the dog park would be located. No formal action was taken.

     Moved Tucker, seconded Wulfekuhle, to discuss and approve the Fayette Ambulance Service meeting minutes from 5/5/21, 6/2/21, 7/7/21, 8/4/21 and 9/1/21. All ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Post, to discuss and approve the Fayette Community Library Board of Trustees meeting minutes from 9/8/21 and 10/13/21 and the Directors Report from 10/13/21. All ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Wulfekuhle, to discuss adjusting Penny Montgomery's water and/or sewer charges. The council received information about Montgomery's high water usage, including the 2650 cubic feet of water used on the 9/27/21 utility bill. Montgomery was present via telephone to discuss the bill with the council. Moved Tucker, seconded Post, to waive the late fees on Penny Montgomery's utility bills for the high usage through 12/1/21 and provide her until 11/15/21 to show the city documentation that she has reached out to resources for assistance in paying her utility bill without turning her water off. All ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Post, to discuss directing the City Administrator/Clerk to publish and set a Public Hearing for 11/15/21, or 12/6/21, at 6PM in the Fayette Community Library on allowing KDME, LLC to have access to and to install a solar electric generating system on designated premises owned by the City of Fayette and sell the electricity generated by the system to the City of Fayette. McGrane advised he was able to get the notice printed in this weeks local newspaper so the hearing can be on 11/15/21. Moved Wulfekuhle, seconded Post, to direct the City Administrator/Clerk to publish and set a Public Hearing for November 15, 2021, at 6PM in the Fayette Community Library on allowing KDME, LLC to have access to and to install a solar electric generating system on designated premises owned by the City of Fayette and sell the electricity generated by the system to the City of Fayette. All ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tucker, seconded Tenney, to discuss directing the City Administrator/Clerk to publish and set a Public Hearing for December 6, 2021, at 6PM in the Fayette Community Library on the proposed adoption of an ordinance granting to ITC Midwest LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of ITC Holdings Corp., a 25-year non-exclusive electric transmission franchise. Moved Wulfekuhle, seconded Post, to direct the City Administrator/Clerk to publish and set a Public Hearing for December 6, 2021, at 6PM in the Fayette Community Library on the proposed adoption of an ordinance granting to ITC Midwest LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of ITC Holdings Corp., a 25-year non-exclusive electric transmission franchise. All ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Tucker, to discuss moving forward with hiring Simmering-Cory/Iowa Codification for the city of Fayette's codification project. McGrane provided a Fayette Code Development Project Proposal in the amount of $5,700 and would include a complete code update and three complete hard copies. McGrane mentioned that Upper Explorerland also does this work and he is waiting for a proposal from them. Moved Tucker, seconded Wulfekuhle, to continue to take the steps in hiring Simmering-Cory/Iowa Codification for the city of Fayette's codification process. All ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Post, to discuss and approve Contract Change Order Number 1 for the CDBG Rehab project at 605 S. Main St. in the amount of $1,000. Moved Tucker, seconded Post, to approve Contract Change Order Number 1 for the CDBG Rehabilitation project at 605 S. Main Street in the amount of $1,000. All ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Tucker, to discuss and approve Partial Pay Estimate Number 1 to Dave's Home Improvement for CDBG Rehab project at 605 S. Main St. in the amount of $10,039. Moved Tucker, seconded Tenney, to approve Partial Pay Estimate Number 1 to Dave's Home Improvement for CDBG Rehabilitation project at 605 S. Main Street in the amount of $10,039. All ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Post, to discuss and approve Contract Change Order Number 5 for the Water St. Improvements project 20-897 in the amount of $4,710.10. Jon Biederman from Fehr Graham Engineering was present to discuss the project. The change order is a decrease of $4,710.10 because less tile was needed. It also included rock disposal and more curb and gutter being completed. Moved Post, seconded Wulfekuhle, to approve Contract Change Order Number 5 for the Water Street Improvements project 20-897 in the amount of $4,710.10. All ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Wulfekuhle, to discuss and approve Partial Pay Estimate Number 6 to Heartland Asphalt, Inc. for the Water Street Improvements project 20-897 in the amount of $383,775.78. This is for work in September and October and it is not a final pay estimate. Moved Tucker, seconded Wulfekuhle, to approve Partial Pay Estimate Number 6 to Heartland Asphalt, Inc. for the Water Street Improvements project 20-897 in the amount of $383,775.78. All ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Tucker, to discuss Resolution 2021-30. Moved Tucker, seconded Post, to adopt Resolution 2021-30, Jayhawk Annual Software Assurance/Support Hours Contract Terms and Contract. Roll call, all ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Post, seconded Tenney, to go into closed session per Iowa Code 21.5(1)(j) to discuss the purchase or sale of particular real estate only where premature disclosure could be reasonably expected to increase the price the City would have to pay for that property or reduce the price the City would receive that property. Roll call, all ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Wulfekuhle, seconded Post, to open regular session. Roll call, all ayes, motions carried.

     There being no further business, moved Wulfekuhle, unanimous, to adjourn at 8:06 pm.

REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING

October 18, 2021

     The City Council of the City of Fayette, Iowa, met Monday, October 18, 2021, at 6:00 pm in the Community Room at the Fayette Community Library pursuant to law and rules of said council, Mayor Wenthe presiding.

     Roll call: Present - Council members Post, Potratz, Tenney, Tucker and Wulfekuhle.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Post, to approve the consent agenda items consisting of the regular meeting minutes of 10/4/21, the claims list of 10/2/21 - 10/15/21 and approval to renew the Special Class C Liquor License with Outdoor Service and Sunday Sales for Shrubb's Street Eatery LLC. Roll call, all ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Wulfekuhle, to amend the agenda by removing agenda items 8B, 8C and 8D and approving the amended agenda. All ayes, motion carried.

     Mayor Wenthe reminded the council of the meet the candidate's night on 10/29 at the Fayette Community Library.

     City Administrator/Clerk McGrane informed the council he has caught up on the city's finances and reported the city received the first payment of $107,371.55 for the American Rescue Plan, received $80,950.13 from July through October from the speed cameras and received $16,951.66 so far in 2021 from the campground. The new printer/copier/scanner at City Hall was installed on 10/14. This will replace the old utility billing printer. The city auditor was involved in an accident and was hospitalized, so we have rescheduled the city exam for 12/3/21.

     Fayette Police Chief Ben Davis advised the council that Officer Ball will graduate from the police academy on Friday and will be back to work. The K9 grant contest for people to vote online opens up tomorrow, 10/19, and everyone is encouraged to vote and share on social media. It is currently on the Fayette Police Departments Facebook Page.

     Moved Post, seconded Wulfekuhle, to discuss and consider moving forward installing solar panels with Eagle Point Solar. Kent Kraus and other representatives from Eagle Point Solar were present to discuss solar panel equipment and materials, solar benefits, power purchase agreements (PPA), and the city of Fayette's financial return on a 25 year PPA. Eagle Point Solar visited city buildings and locations and determined the best places to use solar energy. The locations included the library, city hall/police/ambulance, fire department, water tower, sewer lagoons, pre-treatment plant and the water well on Wadena Road. All will have roof mounted solar panels except the sewer lagoon, the water tower and the water well will have solar panels on the ground. A PPA would have the investor purchase all the solar panels, installation, insurance, repairs for any damage, and other costs while the city would receive the cost savings. The PPA would include buy-out terms if the city would decide to buy-out the solar panels after 7 to 10 years. Eagle Point Solar estimates the city could save around $842,668 in electrical costs with the solar panels over the next 25 years. If the city wants to move forward, Eagle Point Solar would send a contract for the city attorney to review. If the city is interested and things move smoothly, they could try and get posts pounded in before the ground freezes this year. Moved Tucker, seconded Post, to move forward with getting a contract from Eagle Point Solar for the PPA and to have the city attorney review it. All ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tucker, seconded Potratz, to discuss and consider hiring a fourth full time Public Works employee. Public Works Director Jerry Hildebrand advised that every year the Public Works department gets more and more things to do and things that result in being short staffed. The department is currently short staffed. Hildebrand would like the job duties to be identical as the current City Maintenance Worker position. Moved Tucker, seconded Wulfekuhle, to move forward and start hiring a fourth full time public works employee. All ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Wulfekuhle, to discuss hiring Charles Cunningham as a full time Fayette Police Officer at an hourly wage of $21.85 and paying off his contract. Police Chief Davis recommended the city to hire Cunningham, an UIU alumni, for the full-time police officer position. Cunningham currently works for the city of Sumner, he has a college degree and he graduated the academy in August. Cunningham will start working in Fayette on 11/8/21. Davis explained offering Cunningham a higher wage than normal because of the cost area police departments are offering for open positions and we need to stay competitive. By offering Cunningham a higher wage, the current police officers will need a pay increase as well to keep things fair. McGrane recommended having the Personnel Committee meet in the near future to discuss all city employee wages. Moved Potratz, seconded Wulfekuhle, to hire Charles Cunningham as a full-time Fayette Police Officer at an hourly wage of $21.85, to pay off this contract of $21,544.07 and require Cunningham to sign an agreement to pay back the contract to the City of Fayette if his employment shall be terminated over the next few years. All ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Potratz, seconded Post, to discuss and approve moving Nicole Ball from an hourly wage of $19.20 to $21.85 following her graduation from the police academy. All ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Post, seconded Tenney, to discuss and approve moving Olivia Hake from an hourly wage of $18.54 to $21.19 following her graduation from the police academy effective January 1. All ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Post, seconded Wulfekuhle, to discuss and consider on moving forward with an electric transmission franchise for ITC Midwest. ITC Midwest provided all the information including a draft ordinance for the city to review. Moved Tucker, seconded Post, to move forward with the electric transmission franchise information from ITC Midwest and send the information to the city attorney to review. All ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Wulfekuhle, to discuss Resolution 2021-28. Moved Tucker, seconded Post, to adopt Resolution 2021-28: Water Utility Vendor Agreement Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program. Roll call, all ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Potratz, to discuss Resolution 2021-29. McGrane advised the maintenance agreement with Copy Systems Inc. is for the new printer/copier/scanner for utility billing and is for $24 a month for the next 12 months. McGrane advised the agreement has already paid for itself because it covered the set-up costs. After 12 months, the city can re-evaluate and determine if it will be worth it moving forward. Moved Tenney, seconded Potratz, to adopt Resolution 2021-29: Copy Systems Inc. Maintenance Agreement. Roll call, all ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Wulfekuhle, to discuss and consider extending the agreement with Upper Iowa University Recreation Center that provides a discount for city of Fayette residents and the city donating $10,000 to the Recreation Center. After discussion, it was the consensus to refer the topic to the Fayette Recreation Board to discuss. No action was taken.

            Moved Post, seconded Potratz, to discuss and consider informing Fayette residents about the election proposals that will be on the 11/2/2021 ballot. Council member Tenney put together a flyer the city may use. Moved Potratz, seconded Post, to allow the City Administrator to hang up the flyer and place on the cities website and social media. All ayes, motion carried.

     There being no further business, moved Potratz, unanimous, to adjourn at 7:43 pm.

REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING

October 4, 2021

     The City Council of the City of Fayette, Iowa, met Monday, October 4, 2021, at 6:00 pm in the Community Room at the Fayette Community Library pursuant to law and rules of said council, Mayor Wenthe presiding.

     Roll call: Present - Council members Post, Potratz, Tenney, Tucker and Wulfekuhle.

     Moved Tucker, seconded Potratz, to approve the consent agenda items consisting of the regular meeting minutes of 9/20/21 and the claims list of 9/18/21 - 10/1/21. Roll call, all ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Post, seconded Potratz, to amend the agenda and move agenda item 6A, discussion on the Water Street Reconstruction Project to the end of the agenda and approve the amended agenda. All ayes, motion carried.

     City Administrator/Clerk McGrane met with the Fayette County E911 Coordinator and a representative from a company hired to help with researching a new emergency radio/communication system for Fayette County on 9/22 to discuss the city purchasing a new radio tower. The city has set aside about $40,000 for a new radio tower. The cost of a new tower is around $500,000 and if the city would be able to rent out space on the tower, it could take a minimum of 10 years to recoup the expenses. McGrane advised he would inform the council and he doubts the city would be interested in purchasing a new tower. Deputy Clerk Creery and McGrane attended a webinar on 9/22 with NEIA Community Action discussing a new Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program for residents. On 9/23 McGrane met with the City Administrators and Police Chiefs from Oelwein and West Union to discuss the Fayette County Dispatching Services contracts. On 9/27 the City Administrators met with the Fayette County Board of Supervisors (FCBOS) to discuss the contracts and their concern that city residents are double taxed for the dispatching service since city residents pay county taxes that should include these costs. The FCBOS will take the concern into consideration. Purchasing a new emergency radio/communication system for Fayette County was also discussed at the same meeting. The City Administrators stressed the importance of upgrading the system now because the system is outdated and have heard there are areas in the county where radios do not work causing a safety concern. The longer the wait to upgrade the system, the more the price will increase. The City Administrators feel that the FCBOS need to cover the costs for the new countywide system and cities should not have to contribute because that would be double taxing city residents. The system would be utilized by all the emergency services throughout Fayette County. The Oelwein Police Chief has researched a USDA Grant that each city may apply for that could help cover a small portion of the expenses for new radios and pagers. The FCBOS will take the concerns into consideration. On 9/28 McGrane attended the NEIA Regional League meeting to discuss police departments, hiring and retaining officers. McGrane has spent quite a bit of time working on the CDBG Rehab Grant and is hoping two more houses should be completed by the end of this year when the grant expires. McGrane has been working on paperwork for Quick Med Claims and Wellmark for the Ambulance service. The annual city exam will be rescheduled due to a conflict with the auditor. McGrane has also been very busy assisting people with permits and city code inquiries. McGrane reminded the Mayor and Council about email scams and to be cautious.

     Fayette Police Chief Ben Davis informed the council that the police department (PD) has been awarded $500 from Black Hills Energy to help purchase a drone. Davis is working on other grants for the drone. The PD accepted closed bids and sold the 2001 Harley Davidson motorcycle that was forfeited during a criminal investigation a few years ago. Two certified officers applied for the FT police officer position and Davis is hoping to start scheduling interviews soon.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Tucker, to discuss and consider purchasing fire rings from North Fayette Valley (NFV) Spark. NFV Spark is a program that offers high school students authentic learning opportunities while connecting them to community workplace experiences with focuses on community needs and carrier and college readiness. NFV students Jonas Menne and Carson Wolff were present to show an example of a custom fire ring and costs associated. They advised the city currently has about 18 fire rings at Klocks Island Campground and the cost per 40 inch fire ring would be $229.39. Public Works Director Jerry Hildebrand was present and recommended the city purchase 6 fire rings for the front of the campground at this time. Menne and Wolff believe they can have them completed and delivered sometime in November. They will work with Hildebrand on the final design. Moved Potratz, seconded Post, to purchase six, 40 inch fire rings using money out of the Parks budget. All ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Wulfekuhle, to discuss and consider approving the Recreation Board use money from their savings to repair a baseball diamond at Cardinal Park. A representative from the Fayette Recreation Board was not present. Moved Tenney, seconded Potratz, to table the decision until more information is provided by the Recreation Board. All ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Wulfekuhle, to discuss and consider designating an area in town for a Dog Park. McGrane provided a little information from the Recreation Board and information he received from the city's insurance company stating there are no extra insurance costs for a dog park. The council recommends the Recreation Board continue to research other dog parks, continue to present possible locations in town and possibly having residents take a survey to find out if there is a need. No formal action was taken.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Post, to discuss and consider combining the Recreation Board with the Park Board. McGrane advised the Fayette Recreation Board is willing to combine the two boards and would recommend appointing two more members with one of those positions being a Public Works employee. Wenthe recommended we continue discussion when a Recreation Board member is present. No formal action was taken.

     Moved Post, seconded Tenney, to discuss and consider purchasing a power washer in the amount of $5,230 from Midwest Alkota. Hildebrand advised it was budgeted for but the price has increased from the original quote of $4,700. Moved Tenney, seconded Wulfekuhle, to purchase the power washer in the amount of $5,230 from Midwest Alkota. All ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Wulfekuhle, to discuss Resolution 2021-27. Moved Tucker, seconded Post, to approve Resolution 2021-27, the Iowa Department of Transportation agreement for maintenance and repair of primary roads in municipalities. Roll call, all ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Potratz, to discuss and consider removing Cottonwood Trees from the City Code. Moved Potratz, seconded Post, to have McGrane provide the updated nuisance State Code to the council to compare with the City Code. All ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Post, to discuss and consider the American Tower Lease agreement proposal. After discussion, the council would like to get the opinion of the City Attorney and his cell tower contact person. No formal action was taken.

     Moved Post, seconded Tenney, to discuss and consider reviewing the city code. McGrane advised he will research costs and information on having the city code reviewed. No formal action was taken.

     Moved Tucker, seconded Post, to discuss and consider having the city wide trick-or-treating on Sunday, 10/31/2021 from 5PM to 7PM. Moved Tucker, seconded Post, to have city wide trick-or-treating on Halloween night, 10/31/2021, from 5PM to 7PM. All ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Wulfekuhle, to discuss the Water Street Reconstruction Project. Jon Biederman, an Engineer at Fehr Graham, was present and advised the first layer of asphalt will be laid tomorrow followed by the second and third layers over the next three days. The contractor is hoping to have the street completed and open by the end of the day on Friday. Next week they will work on concrete, sidewalks, manholes and other parts of the project but the road will be able to remain open. No formal action was taken.

     There being no further business, moved Potratz, unanimous, to adjourn at 7:10 pm.

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