Council Meeting Minutes 02-16-16


February 16, 2016


     The City Council of the City of Fayette, Iowa, met Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. in the Fayette City Hall pursuant to law and rules of said council, Mayor Wenthe presiding.

     Roll call: Present - Council members Kragnes, McGrane, Nefzger, Sorensen.

     Moved Nefzger, seconded Kragnes, to approve the consent agenda consisting of the regular meeting minutes of 02/01/16, Claims List of 02/02–16/2016, January 2016 Treasurer’s/Clerk’s Report and Budgetary Report.  Roll call, all ayes, carried.

     Treasurer's Balance for Fund Accounts as of January 31, 2016:  General $299,689.89; Streets $401,299.43; Debt Service $6,732.23; Water Utility $259,069.62; Water T&A $23,895.67; Sewer Utility $425,252.68; CDBG Sewer ($236,154.62); Landfill/Recycling ($1,460.24); Yard Waste $13,564.26; Bolger Fund $147,950.90; TIF $39,926.50; Local Option Sales Tax $58,431.03; Storm Water $2,336.97; Downtown Project ($23,926.26); Franchise Fees $24,280.27.  January Receipts by Fund: General $8,504.06; Streets $12,163.96; Debt Service $127.99; Water Utility $63,391.99; Water T&A $450; Sewer Utility $84,421.43; Lf/Recycling $14,054.56; Yard Waste $2,799.83; Bolger $453; TIF $76.15; Local Option $8,566.54; Storm Water $1,245.64; Franchise Fees $740.45.  Total Receipts $196,995.60.  January Disbursements by Fund: General $28,250.45; Streets $25,973.04; Water Utility $8,013.32; Water T&A $350; Sewer Utility $32,250.66; CDBG Sewer $40,218; Landfill/Recycling $14,957.71; Bolger $127.35; TIF $32. Total Disbursements: $150,172.53. Investments: $1,281,360.12.  Bank Balance $2,722,248.45.  Balance with Library Funds $2,817,610.01.

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

     Administrator/Clerk Dennis included her FY 2017 Estimated Budget Report in the agenda packet.  Mayor Wenthe and Finance Chair Kris McGrane thanked Dennis for her detailed budget report.  Mayor Wenthe noted from the report that the FY 2017 tax levy was going up five cents, so the taxes on a house valued at $100,000 will be going up only $1.37 from FY 2016.  The highlights from the report are:  100% city valuation increased $2,503,346 which gives us $125,168 in general fund bonding capacity; 2% Cost of Living Allowance for city employees July 1, 2016; health insurance increasing 6.18% March 1, 2016; the rollback on residential property is decreasing 0.10% to 55.63%; township valuations increased so we will receive $1,646.50 more for the Ambulance and Fire Departments.  We are budgeting $357,000 for the Big Rock Road resurfacing project; $51,954 to resurface several blocks of streets; $300,000 for a sewer main lining/repair project; $42,866 to purchase 250 remote transmitters, software and equipment to start remote reading, then in FY18 finish purchasing transmitters and meter so the city can go to monthly billing once all the transmitters are installed; $3,164,795 for the Downtown & Water Street projects if CDBG program awards are received. FY 17 estimated resources $5,369,830 and estimated expenditures $5,325,469.  Tax levy $14.43.  Moved Nefzger, seconded Kragnes, to adopt the proposed FY17 Budget Estimate, set the time and date for the public hearing on the proposed budget for March 7, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. in Fayette City Hall and direct Admin/Clerk Dennis to publish the budget hearing notice.  All ayes, carried.

      Moved Nefzger, seconded Kragnes, to approve the second reading of Ordinance 490 – Lowering the speed limit on Big Rock Road from 35 mph to 25 mph, since it’s a shared road with pedestrians, bicycles and vehicles.  On roll call, all ayes, carried.

     Moved Kragnes, seconded McGrane, to introduce for discussion the bids and proposals for engineering for the FY17 Sewer Main Rehabilitation Project.  Bids were received from Fehr Graham $19,000 and The Burrington Group $20,200.  Dennis said Public Works Director Hildebrand recommended Fehr Graham because they have the low bid and due to the close proximity of their West Union office to Fayette.  Moved Nefzger, seconded Kragnes, to accept the bid from Fehr Graham.  All ayes, carried.

      Moved McGrane, seconded Nefzger, to go into closed session at 7:41 p.m. per Iowa Code 21.5(1)(c.), possible real estate litigation. All ayes to go into closed session, carried.

     The council came out of closed session at 8:10 p.m.  

     There being no further business, moved Nefzger, unanimous, to adjourn at 8:10 pm.

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