Meeting Minutes 6-01-15

Regular Council Meeting

June 1, 2015


     The City Council of the City of Fayette, Iowa, met in the Fayette City Hall at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, June 1, 2015, Mayor Andrew Wenthe presiding.

     Roll call: Present - Council members Boberg, McGrane (arrived at 7:32 pm), Nefzger, Sorensen. Absent - Patrick.

     Prior to this meeting, there was a meet & greet held at Boarders Inn meeting room for the community to meet two proposed candidates for police chief.

     Moved Nefzger, seconded Boberg, to approve the consent agenda consisting of the regular meeting minutes of 05/18/15, the Claims List of 05/19/15 – 06/01/15 and the renewal of The Pumper liquor license. On roll call, all voted aye, carried.

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

     Council member Boberg asked Mayor Wenthe what has been done about the city’s newly acquired property at 101 King Street from Gary Goodell. The mayor said he was planning to visit with Gary on June 2nd.

     Council member Sorensen said several citizens had asked him if anything can be done about the gnats in town so people can sit outside and children can play without gnats swarming around them. City Admin/Clerk Dennis said this topic had been brought up several years ago and at the time the council thought it would be cost prohibitive to spray and not environmentally friendly to do so. Mayor Wenthe asked Dennis to check with the DNR or someone with knowledge about the subject and report back to the council.

     Moved Boberg, seconded Nefzger, to introduce the two candidates for the police chief position, Robert Steinkraus from Florida (originally from Michigan) and Sigmund Sanders from Dallas, TX, UIU graduate 1992-96. Both men are interested in working in a small town. Interviews with a police panel will be tomorrow, June 2nd.

     Moved McGrane, seconded Nefzger, to introduce the matter of setting a public hearing on the status of funds for the Fayette Wastewater Treatment Plant Project for the CDBG program grant on June 15th at 7:30 p.m. in City Hall. Moved Sorensen, seconded Boberg, to set the public hearing. All ayes, carried.

     Moved Nefzger, seconded Boberg, to introduce for discussion the purchase of a new Brush Truck by the Fire Department. All ayes to discuss. Fire Chief Rohde said the old truck is a 1985 model and they are having mechanical problems with it. Rohde said he got bids on a truck and Wilbur Ford, West Union, had the low bid of $29,862.24. He added that they would be transferring some equipment from the old truck to the new truck and would be paying for the truck with Fire Dept. savings. Moved Boberg, seconded McGrane, to approve the purchase of the truck from Wilbur Ford for the price stated above. All ayes, carried.        

     Moved McGrane, seconded Boberg, to approve the Ambulance Service meeting minutes of May 6, 2015. All ayes, carried.

     Moved Nefzger, secondedMcGrane, to introduceand approve the final reading of Ordinance 485: Storm Water Drainage System Utility. A Storm Water Utility was proposed and approved with the FY 2016 Budget, where it was decided to charge $3.00 per month on everyone’s city utility bills to generate $14,000 annually. These funds would help pay for maintenance and construction of storm sewers in town. The fee will be on the September 2015 city utility bills. On roll call, all ayes, carried.      

     There being no further business, moved Nefzger, unanimous, to adjourn at 7:57 p.m.

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