Council Meeting Minutes 7-16-18


July 16, 2018

     The City Council of the city of Fayette, Iowa, met Monday, July 16, 2018 at 6pm in the Fayette City Hall pursuant to law and rules of said council, Mayor Wenthe presiding.

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

     Mayor Wenthe recommended the council divide out the consent agenda items.  Moved Nefzger, seconded Wulfekuhle, to discuss the consent agenda items that included the approval of the regular meeting minutes of 7/2/18 and the claims list from 7/3/18 to 7/16/18.  Motion Cowley, second Larson, to approve the 7/2/18 regular meeting minutes and the claims list from 7/3/18 to 7/16/18.  Roll call, all ayes. Motion carried.

     Motion by Tucker, second Larson, to approve the consent agenda item approving the Class B outdoor license for Downtown Lounge from 7/21/81 – 7/25/18, pending dramshop insurance endorsement.  Tucker, Larson, Nefzger and Cowle - Ayes, Wulfekuhle abstained. Motion carried.

     Moved Larson, seconded Cowley, to approve the agenda as presented. Roll call, all ayes, motion carried.

     Mayor Wenthe informed the council that the city received the CDBG Housing Sustainability Grant of $251,790.  Rainbowland Park now has a pickle ball court & the basketball courts have been painted. The Rec Board is looking into providing equipment to use for this sport if patrons do not have their own.

     Upon Mayor Wenthe’s request, moved Wulfekuhle, seconded Larson, to appoint Amy Tucker, Bill Dohrmann, David Scott, Kevin Converse and Tim Wulfekuhle to the Revolving Loan Review Committee, as well as the Mayor & City Administrator. All ayes, motion carried.

     City Administrator/Clerk McGrane was not present at the meeting but provided a written report.  The report stated Fehr Graham took bids to finish the Main Street bridge repairs.  Only one bid came in and it was for $30,348 from Taylor Construction, Inc.  The bid was approximately $20,000 over the engineers estimate, so the bid was refused.  Fehr Graham believes we can get better bids if we aim for an early spring construction time.  Fehr Graham will try and get someone here this summer to just repair the sidewalk portion of the project.  The Fayette Ambulance Service provided the following stats to the Council:  From 1/1/17 through 12/31/17 258 run reports were entered; from 1/1/18 through 6/1/18 104 run reports were entered and 9 trainings were held from 1/1/18 through 6/30/18.

     Police Chief Davis gave a brief update to the council. He thanked the council for the body cams as they have already utilized them and it helped immensely with a case they had. Officer Stone Allen started today. He was sworn in before the meeting.

     Moved Larson, seconded Cowley, to discuss and consider waiving the requirement that non-profit organizations not be eligible for the Downtown & Neighborhood Revitalization Program for Fayette Community Church.  The Church provided a letter from Head Trustee, Kristopher Blanchard, and an application for the Downtown & Neighborhood Revitalization Program to the council.  The Church is planning on demolishing the house at 300 W. State Street and primarily utilizing the property for additional parking.  Blanchard’s letter stated, “Additional parking at this location would benefit the entire community given its close proximity to the volleyball courts and the school.”  The Church will not remove the property from the property tax listing for another year.  Blanchard’s letter also stated, “the cost of rehabilitating the property is significantly more than its current economic value of $6,000.”  The council had waived this requirement for Upper Iowa University back in 2010 when UIU demolished the buildings at 124, 128 and 132 S. Main Street.  After discussion, moved Larson, seconded Cowley, to waive the requirement that non-profit organizations not be eligible for the Downtown & Neighborhood Revitalization Program for the Fayette Community Church, not to exceed $5,000 or ½ of the bid. All ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Cowley, seconded Larson, to consider accepting the terms of Hogan & Hansen’s engagement to perform the City’s annual examination.  After discussion, moved Nefzger, seconded Larson, to accept the terms of Hogan & Hansen’s engagement to perform the City’s annual examination for the year ending June 30, 2018.  All ayes, carried.

     Moved Tucker seconded Cowley, to discuss new construction/rehab and business incentives.  After discussion, moved Cowley, seconded Nefzger, to extend the current Incentive Program to 2019.  All ayes, motion carried. 

     There being no further business, moved Nefzger, unanimous, to adjourn at 6:30 pm.

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