Council meeting minutes 5-02-16

Regular Council Meeting

May 2, 2016


   The City Council of the City of Fayette, Iowa, met Monday, May 2, 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, Wulfekuhle. Absent - Sorensen.

   Moved Kragnes,seconded Nefzger, to approve the consent agenda consisting of the regular meeting minutes of 04/18/16, Claims List of 04/19/16 – 05/02/16 and the renewal of liquor licenses for Aramark at UIU and The Pumper. On roll call, all ayes, carried.

Under communications, John Kelly, 110 Mechanic Street, said the town is looking kind of decayed with lawns not mowed, cars parked in yards, a junk pile at the south end of Mechanic Street and in the yard on the other end of Mechanic. He added that there was a travel-trailer parked on his street for most of the winter. Kelly also asked that the council to consider having an additional street light installed near his house.

Resident Dan Boberg, 103 Mechanic, added that there is an abandoned car with an open window and no license plates, that has been sitting in a parking lot on the west side of 106 Mechanic that has been there for over 1 ½ years that he would like to see moved.

Mayor Wenthe said he would discuss the nuisance issues with Police Chief Pisanti. Wenthe directed Admin/Clerk Dennis to have the street light matter on the next agenda and what the cost would be.      

Moved Nefzger, seconded Kragnes, to approve the agenda as presented, including two emergency action items under new business by McGrane, a proposal from Heartland Asphalt for paving and Kluesner Construction for crack filling (budgeted in FY16) (both received today). All ayes, carried.

Upon Mayor Wenthe’s request, moved Kragnes, seconded Nefzger, to approve the appointments of Melle Starsen to the Planning & Zoning Commission to fill a vacancy for one year (term expires 5/31/17) and Sue Runyon to the Board of Adjustment for five years (5/15/16 to 5/15/21). All ayes, carried.

Administrator/Clerk Dennis reported a preconstruction meeting for the Big Rock Road project was held in City Hall on April 19th. The work was started on April 26th and is planned to be completed before the end of May 2016. ~ Jon Biederman, Fehr Graham Engineering, filed a “Work Record Request” through the Iowa DNR for Fayette’s Sanitary Sewer Collection System Improvements project to start the process for getting funding from the SRF (State Revolving Loan Fund) for the $300,000 sewer main repair and lining project that was budgeted for FY 2017. The plan is to take bids for this project the first part of July 2016. ~ Dennis noted her report from August 2010 about the long range plan to drill a new well in FY 2023 or FY2024.

Police Chief Pisanti reported that he has been busy handling some crimes at the university. Also, that he and Officer Rodas would be monitoring a party that university students have planned for Tuesday evening, May 3rd. Pisanti said he asked the students to move the party from Main Street to behind the condos and that it can only be from 3 to 11:30 pm.

Moved Kragnes, seconded Kragnes, to introduce the Main Street Matters subject of a golf cart for watering flowers on Main Street. All ayes to discuss. Bill Dohrmann was present representing the group and said they are requesting that the city purchase a used golf cart for $2,000 and he would like the money to come from the Bolger Fund. He added that the group has sent out cards asking for donations because they will have the expense of fitting the golf cart with a water tank and sprayer, which should hold up better since the tank will remain on the cart instead of being moved weekly as was done before. Mayor Wenthe said they are still checking at the University for a Work-study Student to do the watering. Wulfekuhle said they are planning to have the wine fest one more year, since they still have glasses and bags, so there will be some revenue from that to help pay for watering if we can’t get a student through UIU.

Moved Kragnes, seconded McGrane, to have Bill Dohrmann and Dan Boberg purchase a used golf cart from Rudy’s Golf Cars, Denver, IA, for $2,000 or less, to use for watering the flowers on Main Street and for it to be paid from the Bolger fund. All ayes, carried.

Moved McGrane, seconded Kragnes, to introduce the proposal from Heartland Asphalt, Mason City, Iowa, to repair and install a three-inch asphalt mat on two blocks of Mechanic Street (from 7th Street to Madison Street) for a cost of $47,048.30. Public Works Director, Jerry Hildebrand, was present and said the street will be a little higher to help the water stay on the separate sides of the street. Hildebrand said the work is planned to start next week and he asked Heartland to give the city more advanced notice in the future. Nefzger asked that a letter be sent to the property owners about the project and when it would start. Moved McGrane, seconded Nefzger, to go ahead with the Heartland Asphalt proposal and send notification to the property owners. All ayes, carried.

Moved McGrane, seconded Kragnes, to introduce the proposal from Kluesner Construction, Farley, Iowa, to do crack routing and joint sealing on concrete and asphalt streets (16 blocks). Hildebrand said he hopes for this project to be completed before July 1, 2016. Dennis said this was budgeted for in FY 16 for $30,000. Moved Nefzger, seconded Wulfekuhle, to approve the bid from Kluesner Construction of $24,033.28 to do the crack filling project. All ayes, carried.

Moved Kragnes, seconded McGrane, to approve the Board of Adjustment meeting minutes of April 26, 2016, where the Board approved a variance from the front yard set-back requirements for Jon Biederman to construct a garage onto the south side of his house. All ayes, carried.

Moved McGrane, seconded Kragnes, to set a time and date for a work session to review the draft Rental Housing Code. All ayes to discuss.   It was a consensus that May 24, 2016, at 6 p.m. would work for everyone for a work session. Dennis said she would invite Lori Brockway to the work session.

   There being no further business, moved Nefzger, unanimous, to adjourn at 8:08 pm.

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