Council Meeting Minutes 11-20-17


November 20, 2017

     The City Council of the city of Fayette, Iowa, met Monday, November 20, 2017 at 7:30pm in the Fayette City Hall pursuant to law and rules of said council, Mayor Wenthe presiding.

     Roll call: Present - Council members Larson, Kragnes, Nefzger, Tucker and Wulfekuhle.

     Moved Tucker, seconded Wulfekuhle, to approve the consent agenda consisting of the regular meeting minutes of 11/6/17, the claims list of 11/7/17 – 11/20/17, and the Annual Financial Report for FY17. It also included the Abstract of Votes for the City Election on November 7, 2017, certified by the Fayette Co. Supervisors, with the following abstract of votes: Mayor – Andrew Wenthe 154, Wade Whitcher 9, scattering 9. City Council – Matt Cowley 170, Nancy Wulfekuhle 141, Amy Tucker 135, Curtis Larson 112, Patricia Nefzger 107, Tiffany Kragnes 105, Tiffany Stouffer 90, scattering 4. Total number of voters in this election was 203, which is 25.41% of the 799 registered voters in the City of Fayette. All terms are for two years and take effect January 1, 2018. The election cost for the City of Fayette was a total of $645.22. Roll call, all ayes, motion carried.

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

     Upon Mayor Wenthe’s request and the Fayette Fire Departments recommendation, moved Tucker, seconded Larson, to appoint Kole Alber and Aaron Swearingen, both from Randalia, to the Fayette Fire Department. All ayes, carried.

     Upon Mayor Wenthe’s request, moved Larson, seconded Wulfekuhle, to reappoint Steve Post to the Fayette Board of Adjustment. All ayes, carried.

     Mayor Wenthe advised Kris McGrane and him met with Alex Soderquist with Hawkeye Telephone Company to get an update on the fiber optics they ran through Fayette. The fiber has been run through town and they will be providing the city with a proposal in the future. The proposal will give the city the option to lock in on a fixed rate for internet services for City Hall, Police and Ambulance. We can discuss other options, such as running fiber to the Fire Department, in the future as well. One benefit of having fiber ran through town is the opportunity for an internet or phone provider to offer services to businesses and residents.

     Administrator/Clerk McGrane reported that he has been busy learning how to complete the Annual Urban Renewal Report and the Annual Financial Report. He has also attended a Personnel meeting, Planning and Zoning meeting and the two Creative Placemaking Action Plan Presentations. Fayette City Hall will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 23rd and 24th. The next city council meeting will be in the ICN Room at the Fayette Community Library on Monday, December 4th at 7:30PM. There will be a council work session prior to the meeting at 6:30PM, also in the ICN Room, to discuss the rezoning request of 503 W. Water Street.

     Police Chief Pisanti advised he attended a training last week.

     Moved Kragnes, seconded Nefzger, to adopt the Fayette Community Library Report from November 8, 2017. All ayes, carried.

     Moved Kragnes, seconded Wulfekuhle, to discuss the status and take action of the storm water drainage at Madison and King Streets. All ayes. McGrane updated the council that the drainage ditch along the west side of the property located at 105 W. Madison St. has not been dug out yet. A letter was sent to Chris and Kelly Matt/Matt Properties, LLC stating the ditch needed to be dug out by November 15th. McGrane and Pisanti will be reaching out to the attorney to confirm the city is taking the proper steps in enforcing the City Code. Kragnes also requested asking the attorney if the city can take action by digging out the ditch and billing Matt’s, to hopefully prevent any storm water drainage issues in the Spring.

     Moved Kragnes, seconded Larson, to discuss the gravel path on the south side of 400-500 Wadena Road. All ayes. Larson had heard there may have been some lack of communication between Bret Lau and Upper Iowa University (UIU) regarding the gravel path that UIU put in to assist students in getting to the 500 Wadena Road facility. After a brief discussion, the council requested Chief Pisanti make contact with both parties to communicate and find out if there are any issues.  

     Moved Tucker, seconded Wulfekuhle, to discuss the Creative Placemaking Action Plan. All ayes. During discussion, Kragnes and Tucker advised they would be interested in communicating and working with the Opera House Board while Wulfekuhle and Larson would assist with the Housing aspect of the plan. The council will continue to have discussions and updates on this topic.

     Moved Kragnes, seconded Wulfekuhle, to discuss the Annual Urban Renewal Report for FY 2017. All ayes. McGrane advised the report shows the TIF rebate agreements the city has and the outstanding amounts owed. Moved Kragnes, seconded Wulfekuhle, to approve the adoption of the Annual Urban Renewal Report for FY 2017. All ayes, carried.

   There being no further business, moved Nefzger, unanimous, to adjourn at 8:21pm.

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