Council Meeting Minutes 1-20-2020

REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING

January 20, 2020

     Prior to this meeting, at 5:30 pm, the mayor and council held a work session to discuss the items on the regular council meeting agenda, adopting a rental code and strategic planning.  The work session adjourned at 5:59 pm.

     The City Council of the City of Fayette, Iowa, met Monday, January 20, 2020, at 6:00 pm in Fayette City Hall pursuant to law and rules of said council, Mayor Wenthe presiding.

     Roll call: Present - Council members Post (via phone), Potratz, Tenney, Tucker and Wulfekuhle. Absent - none

     Moved Tucker, seconded Wulfekuhle, to approve the consent agenda items consisting of the regular meeting minutes of 1/6/20 and the claims list of 1/7/20 - 1/20/20. Roll call, all ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Wulfekuhle, seconded Post, to approve the agenda as presented. All ayes, motion carried.

     Upon Mayor Wenthe’s request, moved Tucker, seconded Tenney, to appoint David Runyon to the Fayette Tree Board for a three-year term. All ayes, motion carried.

     City Administrator/Clerk McGrane informed the council that the new server, network switch, backups, fiber switchover and transferring of software occurred 1/6-1/10. McGrane advised he attended the Fayette Library Board meeting on 1/8 to walk through their financial reports, explained some financial details and answered questions. Someone donated a laptop to Fayette City Hall and UIU donated a desktop computer to Fayette City Hall to replace the computer that would no longer be supported by Windows.

     Police Chief Davis advised the council the Fayette Police are planning an autism training here in Fayette for area law enforcement agencies.

     Moved Tucker, seconded Wulfekuhle, to approve the Fayette Fire Department meeting minutes from 12/3/19.  All ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Wulfekuhle, seconded Tucker, to discuss televising the storm water line near Union Street. Public Works Director Jerry Hildebrand stated the storm sewer line has two places they have repaired in the past and two more spots may need repaired. Hildebrand would like to see if the line could be televised and possibly lined to fix the issues. Moved Potratz, seconded Wulfekuhle, to move forward and televise the storm water line. Roll call, all ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Wulfekuhle, seconded Tucker, to discuss updating and changing the rates in the Wastewater Service Agreement between the City of Fayette and the City of Randalia. The recommendation is to increase the hourly rate from $35 to $50. Moved Tucker, seconded Potratz, to update the Wastewater Service Agreement with the $50 per hour rate increase and to run the contract by our City Attorney. All ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Wulfekuhle, to discuss authorizing the City Administrator/Clerk to sign any documents to continue full time city employee health insurance coverage with Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield. McGrane explained the rates are increasing by 20.06%. The rates had decreased a total of 38.16% over the last three years. Moved Potratz, seconded Wulfekuhle, to authorize the City Administrator/Clerk to sign the necessary documents to continue the employee health insurance coverage with Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield at the proposed rates. All ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Potratz, seconded Tenney, to discuss directing the City Administrator/Clerk to publish the proposed property tax levy and setting a Public Hearing for Tuesday, February 18, 2020, at 6PM in Fayette City Hall on the FY2021 proposed property tax levy. The proposed fiscal year (FY) 2020/2021 maximum property tax levy is $14.83830, a 10.39% increase from the current FY. McGrane explained he is estimating very high as a security blanket because the council will not be able to approve the final budget if it is more than this amount. McGrane advised the finance committee is currently looking at about a 2.7% increase. Moved Potratz, seconded Tenney, to authorize the City Administrator/Clerk to publish the proposed property tax levy and set a public hearing for Tuesday, February 18, 2020, at 6PM at Fayette City Hall on the FY2021 proposed property tax levy. All ayes, motion carried.

     There being no further business, moved Potratz, unanimous, to adjourn at 6:19 pm.

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