Council Meeting Minutes 8-3-2020


August 3, 2020

     The City Council of the City of Fayette, Iowa, met Monday, August 3, 2020, at 6:00 pm in the Fayette Community Library pursuant to law and rules of said council, Mayor Wenthe presiding.

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

     Moved Wulfekuhle, seconded Post, to approve the consent agenda items consisting of the regular meeting minutes of 7/20/20 and the claims list of 7/21/20 - 8/3/20. Roll call, all ayes, motion carried.

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

     Mayor Wenthe advised that last Monday Chief Davis and him visited Gary Goodell's property at 101 King Street and not much progress was made on cleaning up the property. Fines did start as of Friday, July 31, 2020. Chief Davis reminded the council members of the abatement process and fines. Davis advised Goodell will appear in court and a judge will make a decision on the next steps. Recently a judge granted 14 extra days for another nuisance abatement in town.

     City Administrator/Clerk McGrane informed the council that he attended a few online National League of Cities webinars in reference to the Senators final CARES (coronavirus) package bill and encouraging them to include financial assistance to local governments. McGrane sent a letter to both Iowa Senators. McGrane advised Fayette received $2,984.55 from the previous CARES package and that all went to offset costs for the Fayette Ambulance Service. McGrane roughly estimated the city should have received an additional $16,026 in revenue for the months of April and May 2020 from fees for Water, Sewer, Storm Water, Landfill, Recycling and Yard Waste. The revenue would have mostly come from Upper Iowa University (UIU) and UIU students who had moved back to their permanent residence after UIU stopped having on-campus classes due to COVID-19. McGrane also stressed that the city of Fayette's US Census response rate is below 50% and if Fayette doesn't get a good population in the Census, it will drastically decrease the amount of funding Fayette receives from a variety of revenue sources, including Road Use Tax and Local Option Sales Tax.

     McGrane advised the council the Fayette Lions Club made their final payment to the city after they borrowed $22,500 in 2005 to donate towards the construction of the Fayette Sports Complex. McGrane participated in a gWorks (cities accounting software) update and survey call and learned gWorks will be expanding their services for cities. He will continue to monitor the services and recommend any useful ones to the council.

     Police Chief Davis advised the council we received the new police vehicle.

     Moved Wulfekuhle, seconded Post, to discuss repairing W. Water Street. McGrane presented a spreadsheet to the council that included the cities finances for the Streets, Water, Sewer, Storm Water and Water/Sewer Capital Fund. It included budgeted expenditures and revenues as well as estimated project costs. The council requested McGrane gather more information about borrowing money for part of the project and present at a future meeting. No action was taken.

     Moved Post, seconded Wulfekuhle, to discuss the third and final reading of Ordinance 510. Cory Kuzyk with Optotraffic, LLC, will be present immediately following the meeting to answer any questions. Moved Wulfekuhle, seconded Post, to approve the third and final reading of Ordinance 510, amending the Fayette City Code Chapter 63, Speed Regulations, adding section 63.13, automatic traffic enforcement. Roll call, all ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tucker, seconded Post, to discuss the Fayette Ambulance Service meeting minutes from 6/3/20.  Moved Tucker, seconded Wulfekuhle, to approve the Fayette Ambulance Service meeting minutes from 6/3/20. All ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Post, seconded Wulfekuhle, to approve the Fayette Tree Board meeting minutes from 7/1/20.  All ayes, motion carried.

     There being no further business, moved Potratz, unanimous, to adjourn at 6:51 pm.

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