Minutes 12-14-15


December 14, 2015


     The City Council of the City of Fayette, Iowa, met Monday, December 14, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. in the Fayette City Hall pursuant to law and rules of said council, Mayor Wenthe presiding.

     Jon Biederman, Fehr-Graham engineer, had another commitment at 6 pm, so he was on the agenda prior to Nefzger arriving. Biederman informed those present that the Big Rock Road project would be closer to $352,000 because of the steep cross slope of the road would require the asphalt to be thicker in some areas. He added that he has estimated the cost to core out the bad area at $70,000, which is part of the above figure. The road will be 18 feet wide with a two inch overlay, although it will be three to four inches in some areas. Biederman said the cost includes a couple of feet of widening in the corner by the sewer lagoons. He added this cost doesn’t include the east 830 foot portion the county is paying for, which is estimated to be $31,000 and the county will reimburse the city. Biederman said we could drop the Lima Road portion of the project to save some money. Dennis said there is enough money to do the whole project. The consensus was to do it all so it is taken care of and done right.  

     Roll call: Present - Council members Boberg, McGrane, Nefzger (5:35 pm). Absent: Patrick, Sorensen.

     Moved Boberg, seconded McGrane, to approve the consent agenda consisting of the regular meeting minutes of 12/07/15, Claims List of 12/08–14/15, November 2015 Treasurer’s/Clerk’s Report and Budgetary Report and the Fire Department payroll June-Dec. and report of fire calls. Roll call, all ayes, carried.

     Treasurer's Balance for Fund Accounts as of November 30, 2015: General $318,099.49; Streets $411,770.23; Debt Service $1,625.32; Water Utility $223,635.34; Water T&A $24,368.19; Sewer Utility $384,894.51; CDBG Sewer ($195,936.62); Landfill/Recycling ($934.01); Yard Waste $11,010.71; Bolger Fund $147,242.75; TIF $39,634.48; Local Option Sales Tax $41,684.80; Storm Water $1,039.05; Downtown Project ($20,311.11); Franchise Fees $25,539.82. November Receipts by Fund: General $61,044.26; Streets $14,430.10; Debt Service $1,507.89; Water Utility $4,286.42; Water T&A $900; Sewer Utility $4,836.70; Lf/Recycling $679; Yard Waste $140; Bolger $717.45; TIF $13,063.65; Storm Water $87. Total Receipts $101,692.47. November Disbursements by Fund: General $42,202.04; Streets $6,464.52; Debt Service $9,403.07; Water Utility $4,436.45; Water T&A $175; Sewer Utility $16,472.10; LF/Recyling $22; Yard Waste $48; Bolger $5,021.92; Downtown Project $556.95. Total Disbursements: $84,802.05. Investments: $1,281,249.29. Bank Balance $2,692,612.24. Balance with Library Funds $2,785,769.03.

     Moved McGrane, seconded Boberg, to approve the agenda as presented. All ayes, carried.

     Administrator/Clerk Dennis reported that the four new computers and monitors were delivered so Michael Saathoff, city web designer, will be setting them up.  

   Moved McGrane, seconded Nefzger, to introduce a proposal from CK & TK Properties, LLC. to rent the city owned building at 9 S. Main for $350 per month for twelve months beginning January 1, 2016. Chris Kragnes said they would use the space for a business office for their rental business and as a work area away from home. Moved Nefzger, seconded Boberg, to approve the proposal from the Kragnes’ to rent the building for $350 per month. All ayes, carried.

     Moved McGrane, seconded Boberg, to introduce the purchase of a new heart monitor by the Fayette Ambulance Service for $25,000 from their budget. Dennis explained that this would be in addition to the new heart monitor that the Service is purchasing with the $25,000 grant they received in November through Mission Lifeline, so each vehicle would have the same monitor. Moved McGrane, seconded Boberg, to approve the purchase. All ayes, carried.

     Moved Nefzger, seconded McGrane, to introduce the letter from Attorney James Burns for Sierra Fox regarding the agreement to pay back her training funds. All ayes to discuss. The letter, to Attorney John Hofmeyer III, stated that Hofmeyer draft a Judgment because Fox has decided that she will take the offer of Judgment plus attorney’s fees minus $500 discount and will agree to the Judgment. If it is accompanied by an agreement that no execution will be issued on the Judgment as long as the defendant (Fox) pays $200 every other week. Hofmeyer addressed the council and said payments are often done like this by new officers and that Fox is having her wages sent to the city already from the City of West Union already. He added that he agrees to take $500 off his bill. He also added that a Judgment will follow Fox wherever she goes and even in a new state. Hofmeyer said Fox is paying 5% interest on the outstanding amount that she owes, per State Code. He added that it’s his recommendation to do as the letter states. Moved McGrane, seconded Nefzger, to accept the letter and have Hofmeyer proceed with the Judgment. McGrane & Nefzger voted aye, Boberg voted nay, motion carried.

     There being no further business, moved Nefzger, to adjourn at 5:50 pm.

     Mayor Wenthe then swore in newly elected council members, Tiffany Kragnes, Kris McGrane and Patty Nefzger. Then City Admin/Clerk Dennis swore in Mayor Wenthe for his new term. Rich Patrick and Todd Sorensen will be sworn in sometime before January 1, 2016.           

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