Council meeting minutes 4-04-16

Regular Council Meeting

April 4, 2016  

   The City Council of the City of Fayette, Iowa, met Monday, April 4, 2016, at 7:30 pm 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, Wulfekuhle.

   Moved Nefzger, seconded Kragnes, to approve the consent agenda consisting of the regular meeting minutes of 03/21/16, Claims List of 03/22/16 – 04/04/16.  On roll call, all ayes, carried.

   Moved Sorensen, seconded Nefzger, to approve the agenda as presented, including an addition from Wulfekuhle to new business to discuss using an Upper Iowa University work-study student for parks and recreation.  All ayes, carried.

   Mayor Wenthe noted that he has met the new Fayette County Economic Director, Sam Whitehead and made him aware of Fayette’s vacant business buildings on Main Street.  Whitehead previously worked with Community & Economic Development Associates in southeastern Minnesota.

  Upon Mayor Wenthe’s request, moved Nefzger, seconded Kragnes, to approve the Mayor’s Council Committee appointments as follows:  Finance:  McGrane (Chair), Kragnes, Nefzger; Personnel:  Nefzger (Chair), Kragnes, McGrane; Safety:  Sorensen (Chair), Kragnes, Wulfekuhle; Streets & Sidewalks:  McGrane (Chair), Sorensen, Wulfekuhle; Police:  Wenthe (Chair), McGrane, Nefzger; Mayor Pro-Tem Patty Nefzger.  All ayes, carried.

Administrator/Clerk Dennis reported fire hydrants are being flushed on April 12th, city yard waste site is opening on April 13th, city-wide garage sales will be April 29th & 30th and spring clean-up for landfill items will be on May 4th.

Police Chief Pisanti reported that he had been very busy the past week and this weekend with a couple of break-ins with a robbery, domestic abuse, stop sign pulled out, broken picture window and an assault.  He added that he is going to be proactive in attempting to abate situations that could result in any increased criminal activity.  The Chief said he had received eleven applications for the police officer position so he would be narrowing those down for interviews.        

Moved Kragnes, seconded Nefzger, to introduce for discussion the Shrubb’s Street Eatery, mobile food truck, proposed by William & Brandi Shrubb.  Billy Shrubb addressed the council and said they were building a mobile food truck and are planning to sell gourmet sandwiches and sides from the truck to start.  They would like to park the truck near UIU campus or sometimes at the corner of Hwys. 150 & 93 one or two days a week in Fayette and they would also be going to other towns and events to sell food.  They hope to have it ready in mid-April.  He added that they are required to have a generator to power the food truck, but it would be lower than 72 decibels.     

Moved Nefzger, seconded Wulfekuhle, to grant permission for William & Brandi Shrubb to operate a mobile food truck/trailer in Fayette and allow them to park the vehicle on the city right-of-way, after showing proof of having a state inspection by Black Hawk County Health Department and a copy of their State of Iowa Sales Tax permit to City Administrator/Clerk Dennis.  All ayes, carried.     

Moved Kragnes, seconded Sorensen, to introduce for discussion using a UIU work-study student to water the flowers on Main Street and help out maintaining the ball field for summer recreation and other work related to recreations and parks.  Wenthe said UIU has funding for a work-study position up to 25 hours through June 30, 2016 and up to 20 hours during July & August 2016. Wenthe asked Wulfekuhle to prepare a job description for the work the individual would be needed to do so he could submit it to the office at UIU that handles this program for approval.

Wulfekuhle handed out a page of notes she took at an Iowa League of Cities council training program which she attended April 2nd in Waterloo.  The meeting was about budgets and other city matters related to nuisance abatements, planning, visioning, housing and branding. 

      There being no further business, moved Nefzger, unanimous, to adjourn at 8:17 pm.

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