Council Meeting Minutes 8-17-2020

REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING

August 17, 2020

     The City Council of the City of Fayette, Iowa, met Monday, August 17, 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 (via cell phone), Potratz, Tenney, Tucker and Wulfekuhle. Absent - none

     Moved Potratz, seconded Wulfekuhle, to approve the consent agenda items consisting of the regular meeting minutes of 8/3/20, the claims list of 8/4/20 - 8/17/20 and the July 2020 financial reports. Roll call, all ayes, motion carried.

     Treasurer’s Balance for Fund Accounts as of July 31, 2020: Total July Receipts: $98,031.31 (General $18,870.99; Streets $22,495.59; Employee Benefits $1,261.49; Local Option Sales Tax $8,650.80; TIF $41.16; CDBG LMI Housing $1,398; Revolving Loan $231.55; Bolger $762.95; Library Fund $8.07; Water $16,057.06; Water T&A $1,350; Sewer $22,711.04; Water/Sewer Capital $3,670.61; Storm Water $522). Total July Disbursements: $164,450.24 (General $73,708.25; 9 S. Main $116.82; Streets $12,450.26; Employee Benefits $26,327.96; Water $22,361.90; Water T&A $1,018.38; Sewer $28,466.67). Transfers in: Sewer Fund $9,575.50; Transfers out: Sewer $9,575.50. Treasurer’s Balance: $3,810,775.94.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Tucker, to approve the agenda as presented and adding item 8G, discussion on outdoor music at 201 S. Main St. All ayes, motion carried.

     Upon the Fayette EMS/Ambulance Service and Mayor Wenthe’s recommendation, moved Wulfekuhle, seconded Tenney, to appoint Alex Greene to the Fayette EMS/Ambulance Service. All ayes, motion carried.

     City Administrator/Clerk McGrane was not present at the meeting but submitted a written report informing the council that he has attended a National League of Cities & Colleges webinar, a presentation from gWorks on their Asset Management software, a Fayette County Economic Development & Tourism online meeting, a Planning & Zoning Commission meeting, and a Homes for Iowa webinar in the last couple weeks. McGrane completed the annual Wellmark recredentialing for the Fayette Ambulance Service and shared that City Hall is getting busier now assisting people with utility accounts as they are returning for college. McGrane will be finishing the annual Outstanding/Debt Report, assisting with the IMWCA audit and the FY2020 city exam and starting the annual Street Finance Report over the next couple weeks.

     Police Chief Davis advised the council updates on nuisance abatements.

     Moved Tucker, seconded Post, to approve the Fayette Planning and Zoning Commission meeting minutes from 8/6/2020. All ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Wulfekuhle, seconded Potratz, to discuss the Upper Iowa University (UIU) decals on the Fayette Police Departments (FPD) vehicles. The FPD has 3 police vehicles and one vehicle was paid for by UIU as part of their contract for security services with the City of Fayette. The vehicle paid for by UIU has a decal stating "Serving Upper Iowa University" on both sides of the vehicle. The 2020 Chevy Tahoe police vehicle has a decal stating "Proudly Serving Upper Iowa University" on both sides and the back of the vehicle. The third police vehicle does not have any UIU decals. Pictures were presented to the council to show the decals. After discussion, no action taken.

     Moved Potratz, seconded Tucker, to discuss allowing Andrew and Elissa Wenthe to install a solar energy system near the 300 block of Jones St. (Parcel ID 1128200025). The Fayette Planning and Zoning Commission recommended allowing the Wenthe's install the solar energy system and solar panels. Moved Potratz, seconded Wulfekuhle, to approve allowing Andrew and Elissa Wenthe to install a solar energy system and solar panels as presented on their property located behind the residence in the 300 block of Jones Street. All ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tucker, seconded Potratz, to discuss revising the City Code Chapter 162 Solar Energy Systems. The majority of the Planning and Zoning Commission recommend the council revise the city code to make it easier for residents to install ground mounted solar panels on their property. A few recommended revisions were presented. Moved Potratz, seconded Wulfekuhle, to change the City Code Chapter 162 Solar Energy Systems to require council approval on solar projects that are ground mounted and Board of Adjustment approval if a variance is needed as well as clarifiying ground mounted solar panels will be considered as structures. All ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Potratz, seconded Post, to discuss approving $4,500 for installation of police patrol computers. Chief Davis advised the council that he was originally planning on installing the computers himself but realized it is more intricate than what he had anticipated. He reached out to Racom who provided him a quote. Davis advised he does have the money budgeted because he was able to purchase some of the equipment last fiscal year because he was under budget. Moved Potratz, seconded Tenney, to approve spending up to $4,500 for installation of police patrol computers. All ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Wulfekuhle, seconded Tucker, to discuss partial pay estimate number 3 and final payment to Kruse "N' Bries Construction for CDBG Rehabilitation project at 112 Mechanic Street in the amount of $5,108. Moved Tucker, seconded Wulfekuhle, to approve partial pay estimate number 3 and final payment to Kruse "N' Bries Construction for CDBG Rehabilitation project at 112 Mechanic Street in the amount of $5,108. All ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Wulfekuhle, to discuss lead hazard reduction activities homeowner relocation costs of $1,251 to Jeff and Hillaree Childs. Moved Tucker, seconded Potratz, to approve the lead hazard reduction activities homeowner relocation costs of $1,251 to Jeff and Hillaree Childs All ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tucker, seconded Tenney, to discuss a tent and outdoor music on the vacant lot at 201 S. Main St. on October 10, 2020 for a wedding. Moved Tucker, seconded Post, to approve outdoor music from 4:00 p.m. to midnight at 201 S. Main St. on October 10, 2020. All ayes, motion carried.

     There being no further business, moved Potratz, unanimous, to adjourn at 6:27 pm.

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