Council Meeting Minutes 6-1-2020


June 1, 2020

     The City Council of the City of Fayette, Iowa, met Monday, June 1, 2020, at 6:00 pm at the Fayette Community Library and via conference call/online meeting using due to COVID-19, per Iowa Code 21.8, pursuant to law and rules of said council, Mayor Wenthe presiding. The public was also able to access the meeting with basic directions posted on the council agenda and on the city of Fayette’s website,

     Roll call: Present - Council members Post, Potratz, Tenney, Tucker and Wulfekuhle.

     Moved Wulfekuhle, seconded Post, to approve the consent agenda items consisting of the regular meeting minutes of 5/18/20, the claims list of 5/19/20 - 6/1/20 and the Class C Liquor License with Catering Privilege and Sunday Sales for Upper Iowa University/Aramark. Roll call, all ayes, motion carried.

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

     Mayor Wenthe informed the council the deed has been delivered to the Fayette County Tourism President for the donation of the property at 606 W. Water Street. Wenthe also advised restrictions are being lifted and the Fayette Show and Shine Car Show, Music in the Park and sand volleyball are able to move forward and be held.

     City Administrator/Clerk McGrane advised the council on the variety of things he's been working on, updated them on an upcoming Board of Adjustment (BOA) meeting and explained the BOA process.

     Police Chief Davis updated the council on the hiring process for a new police officer and advised the department has been working on nuisance abatements around town.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Tucker, to discuss and consider awarding a CPA firm to perform the City's required annual examination for the year ending June 30, 2020. After discussion, the council requested McGrane to contact one of the firms to get some questions answered and check on some references. Moved Tucker, seconded Post, to table.  All ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Post, seconded Tucker, to discuss continual preparations for the city during coronavirus/COVID-19. Wenthe and McGrane provided an update on the developments, proclamations and changes since the last council meeting. The restrooms at Klock's Island Park were opened on 5/21/20. Plexiglass was installed in the window at City Hall. City Hall and the Police Department opened back up to public walk-ins on 6/1/20. The library will continue to take steps to reopen to public walk-ins but they will continue to offer curbside pickup. McGrane advised there are approximately 7 delinquent utility accounts and recommended a process to take as we transition back to turning water off due to non-payment of utility accounts. The process included notifying the customers at least a week prior to turning the water off and giving the customers an option to come to a city council meeting if that wasn't enough time for them pay the past due amount in full. Moved Tucker, seconded Post, to have City Hall communicate with customers who have delinquent utility accounts and inform them that their past due amounts need to be paid by June 12, 2020, to resume shutting water off to delinquent accounts starting June 15, 2020, and if a customer needs more time to advise McGrane to be placed on the next council agenda. All ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Wulfekuhle, to discuss the Fayette Ambulance Service/EMS meeting minutes from 2/5/20. Council members requested that minutes be turned in on a more timely basis. Wenthe advised he will discuss that with the Ambulance Service. Moved Wulfekuhle, seconded Tenney, to approve the Fayette Ambulance Service/EMS meeting minutes from 2/5/20. All ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Post, seconded Tucker, to discuss hiring a seasonal/part-time employee for recreation and/or mowing. After discussion, it was requested that McGrane work with Public Works Director Hildebrand on drafting an advertisement for a part-time seasonal position to assist with mowing and trimming at a salary of $10 per hour and to advertise around town, on the cities website and social media. No action was taken.

     There being no further business, moved Wulfekuhle, unanimous, to adjourn at 6:49 pm.

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