Council Meeting Minutes 10-3-16

Regular Council Meeting

October 3, 2016

   The City Council of the City of Fayette, Iowa, met Monday, October 3, 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, Larson, Nefzger, and Wulfekuhle.

   Mayor Wenthe administered the oath of office to Kris McGrane and he was sworn in as the City Administrator/Clerk.

   Moved Nefzger, seconded Wulfekuhle, to approve the consent agenda consisting of the regular meeting minutes of 09/19/16 and Claims List of 09/20/16 – 10/03/16. Kragnes asked that the September 19th, 2016, meeting minutes be corrected, in the last paragraph, to read: Kragnes agreed that the council had set a precedent by asking the public if anyone is interested in the open city council seat to contact the Mayor or City Hall. If no one was interested, then taking the next in line from the previous special election. On roll call, all ayes, carried.

Moved Kragnes, seconded Larson, to approve the agenda as presented. All ayes, carried.

Mayor Wenthe informed everyone that the Halloween Trick or Treating in Fayette will be on Halloween, Monday, October 31st, 2016, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Residents planning to hand out treats should turn on their porch light.

Administrator/Clerk Dennis reported the Fayette County Engineer’s office sent a check for $22,669.42 for the county’s share of the Big Rock Road resurfacing project. Christie Dennis started training Kris McGrane for the City Administrator/Clerk position on September 30th, 2016.  

Police Chief Pisanti gave a police report on the latest crimes in the city. The police department is offering landlords free background checks for new residents.

Moved Kragnes, seconded Nefzger, to introduce for discussion the City Attorney’s report regarding issues about the proposed rental housing code. Kragnes had a concern that Attorney Hofmeyer reviewed the entire rental housing ordinance on his own behalf and the city council only requested him to look into whether the landlords on the city council could vote on this ordinance. Kragnes is concerned that the city may receive a legal bill for this. Dennis reported that we have not received a bill for this yet. Kragnes also pointed out in the report from Attorney Hofmeyer that it states the city attorney will be enforcing the housing code. Mayor Wenthe advised he will visit with Attorney Hofmeyer regarding her concerns. Mayor Wenthe advised the council to let the City Administrator/Clerk or himself know if they would like to put the proposed rental housing code on future agendas.

Moved Nefzger, seconded Larson, to introduce for discussion the request for appointing a replacement for Kris McGrane, who resigned because he was appointed as the new City Administrator/Clerk of Fayette, to fill the vacancy on the City Council. Mayor Wenthe asked Randal Sandhagen to fill the vacancy for the remainder of the term. Kragnes inquired if the city needed to publish the name of the person who would be filling the council vacancy before the council voted. Dennis advised the city only needed to publish the intent of the council to appoint a replacement. Moved Nefzger, seconded Larson, to approve the appointment of Randal E. Sandhagen to fill the vacancy of Kris McGrane. All ayes, carried.  

Moved Kragnes, seconded Nefzger, to discuss the annual Urban Renewal Report FY2016. Dennis explained the report shows the TIF rebate agreements the city has and the outstanding amounts owed. Moved Kragnes, seconded Larson, to approve the adoption of the annual Urban Renewal Report FY2016. All ayes, carried.

There being no further business, moved Nefzger, unanimous, to adjourn at 7:52 p.m.

Immediately following the meeting, Mayor Wenthe administered the oath of office to Randal E. Sandhagen and he was sworn in as a city council member. His term will be until the next city election in November 2017.

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