Council Meeting Minutes 2-3-2020


February 3, 2020

     Prior to this meeting, at 5:00 pm, the mayor and council held a work session to discuss the items on the regular council meeting agenda including adopting a rental code.  The work session adjourned at 5:29 pm.

     The City Council of the City of Fayette, Iowa, met Monday, February 3, 2020, at 5:30 pm in Fayette City Hall pursuant to law and rules of said council, Mayor Wenthe presiding.

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

     Moved Post, seconded Tucker, to approve the consent agenda items consisting of the regular meeting minutes of 1/20/20, the claims list of 1/21/20 - 2/3/20, and the December 2019 financial reports. Roll call, all ayes, motion carried.

     Treasurer’s Balance for Fund Accounts as of December 31, 2019: Total December Receipts: $125,401.49 (General $31,009.41; Streets $10,603.72; Employee Benefits $733.08; Local Option Sales Tax $17,426.42; TIF $28.88; Revolving Loan $1,086.45; Bolger $184.47; Library Fund $.10; Water $22,726.66; Water T&A $840; Sewer $35,500.06; Water/Sewer Capital $4,682.19; Storm Water $580.05). Total December Disbursements: $108,543.13 (General $47,739.79; Streets $6,540.42; Employee Benefits $10,488.31; CDBG LMI Housing $3,875.81; Revolving Loan $138.32; Bolger $580; Water $10,332.39; Water T&A $769.74; Sewer $14,196.33; Sewer Fund $13,737.57; 9 S. Main St $144.45). Transfers in: Sewer Fund $9,575.50; Transfers out: Sewer $9,575.50. Treasurer’s Balance: $3,654,421.87.

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

     Mayor Wenthe advised the council that one of the Revolving Loan Fund recipients has closed their business, however, they did pay the loan back in full. There is still money available in the fund for anyone interested.

     City Administrator/Clerk McGrane informed the council he has been continuing to work on the Budget, getting files transferred over and organized on the new server, and has had discussions with the Mayor, Upper Explorerland and the Fayette County Economic Development Director on business strategies, updates and marketing.

     Police Chief Davis advised the council 30 people signed up for autism training the department is hosting. Davis is hoping to have his annual Police report at the next meeting.

     Moved Tucker, seconded Post, to discuss and accept the donation from Paul and Jennifer Adams for the vacant lot located at 207 Alexander Street. Moved Wulfekuhle, seconded Post, to accept the donation of the empty lot located at 207 Alexander Street from Paul and Jennifer Adams. All ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tucker, seconded Potratz, to discuss the rental code. At the work session it was discussed to continue to work on this at future work sessions. Moved Tucker, seconded Tenney, to place the discussion of the rental code on the next work session agenda as the council continues to research and revise it. McGrane will contact the city of Oelwein to find out if they would be interested in contracting out their building inspectors. All ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Potratz, seconded Tucker, to discuss the Fayette Personnel Committee meeting minutes from 1/14/20.  Moved Tenney, seconded Potratz, to approve the Fayette Personnel Committee meeting minutes from 1/14/20. All ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tucker, seconded Wulfekuhle, to approve the Fayette Finance Committee meeting minutes from 1/16/20.  All ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Post, seconded Potratz, to approve the Fayette Finance Committee meeting minutes from 1/20/20.  All ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Potratz, seconded Tucker, to start research on the next steps for a Water Street project. McGrane advised he needs to check to find out if we legally have to put out an RFP for an Engineer on the project or if we may use our previous Engineer, WHKS. Public Works Director Jerry Hildebrand advised WHKS would have some information from their previous research that may help because they wouldn't have to start completely over. No action was taken.

     There being no further business, moved Potratz, unanimous, to adjourn at 5:41 pm.

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