Council Meeting Minutes 9-8-2020

REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING

September 8, 2020

     The City Council of the City of Fayette, Iowa, met Tuesday, September 8, 2020, at 6:02 pm in the Fayette Community Library pursuant to law and rules of said council, Mayor Pro-Tem Potratz 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 8/17/20, the claims list of 8/18/20 - 9/8/20 and the Outstanding Obligations Disclosure Statement for Fiscal Year 2020. Roll call, all ayes, motion carried.

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

     City Administrator/Clerk McGrane informed the council he worked with the city auditor as she worked on the FY2020 city exam, sent all the necessary information to the IMWCA workers compensation auditor via email, attended the Fayette County Economic Development and Tourism meeting, completed the annual Outstanding Debt/Obligations report and the Street Financial report, completed and mailed out the annual GASB 77 Chapter 403 disclosure letters over the last few weeks. McGrane added he has started switching over to electronically saving all the accounting software paperwork to the server and this will help cut back on paper and ink/toner costs. McGrane explained the presidential memorandum allowing the deferral of the employee portion of Social Security taxes and explained if any council members or city employees have concerns or are interested to contact McGrane.

     Police Chief Davis advised the council it cost just over $1,000 to install all 3 police patrol computers, well under the $4,500 as expected. Two in-car camera systems will be installed this week.

     Moved Tucker, seconded Wulfekuhle, to approve the Fayette Streets and Sidewalks Committee meeting minutes from 8/3/2020. All ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Wulfekuhle, seconded Post, to approve the Fayette Community Library Board of Trustees meeting minutes from 8/12/2020 and the Directors reports from 8/12/2020 and 9/9/2020. All ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Wulfekuhle, to discuss allowing the Fayette Community Church to have outdoor audio until approximately 10PM at Cardinal Park on 9/12/2020. Pastor Andy Sayer was present to answer questions. The event is free and open to the public. If there is inclement weather, the event may get cancelled or postponed. Moved Tenney, seconded Post, to approve allowing the Fayette Community Church to have outdoor audio until approximatley 10PM on 9/12/2020. All ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tucker, seconded Post, to approve allowing the Wulfekuhle's to have outdoor music until midnight on 10/10/2020. All ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Wulfekuhle, to discuss selling the Stepp watermelon sculpture to Brian Stepp for $100. The council agreed the sculpture is a part of Fayette's history and they would like to keep it on display, possibly in the Open Air Market Park. They agreed if the city would ever decide to get rid of the sculpture, it should be offered to a Stepp family member first. McGrane advised Mr. Stepp did mention he may decide to get back into the melon business in the future. The council advised if he does, or has any other reason to use the Stepp watermelon sculpture, to come back to the council and they may reconsider his request. No action was taken.

     Moved Tucker, seconded Wulfekuhle, to discuss the Fayette Ambulance Service starting the process in purchasing a new ambulance. McGrane and council member Post updated the council on the status of the older ambulance and some of the features that were being considered in a new ambulance. McGrane explained the Ambulance Service has been saving for years for a new ambulance and they currently have $216,197.29 in their savings as well as CD's in the amounts of $20,000 and $5,773.24. McGrane advised if they decide to purchase a new ambulance in this fiscal year, we may need to do a budget amendment. Moved Wulfekuhle, seconded Tucker, to allow the Fayette Ambulance Service to start the process in purchasing a new ambulance. All ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Post, seconded Wulfekuhle, to discuss approving the purchase of a rear blade from Bodensteiner Implement in the amount of $2,200. This is a budgeted item. Moved Wulfekuhle, seconded Tucker, to approve the purchase of a rear blade from Bodensteiner Implement in the amount of $2,200. All ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tucker, seconded Wulfekuhle, to discuss approving the purchase of a tractor and mower from P&K Midwest, Inc. in the amount of $27,927. This is also a budgeted item. Moved Tucker, seconded Post, to approve the purchase of a tractor and mower from P&K Midwest, Inc. in the amount of $27,927. All ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Wulfekuhle, to discuss donating $2,000 toward a match requirement for the Iowa Finance Authority funding application for the Northeast Iowa Regional Housing Trust Fund. McGrane provided information about the fund. The city contributed $2,000 in 2019 as well as donated to this project in 2013, 2012 and 2011. Moved Tucker, seconded Post, to approve donating $2,000 toward a match requirement for the Iowa Finance Authority funding application for the Northeast Iowa Regional Housing Trust Fund and have the money come out of the LMI Fund, and if the city cannot use that fund, to have it come out of the Bolger Fund. All ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Wulfekuhle, to discuss Ordinance 511. Moved Wulfekuhle, seconded Post, to approve the first reading of Ordinance 511, amending Section 3, Permit Process, to Chapter 162, Solar Energy Systems, to the Fayette City Code, by removing the part of having the Planning and Zoning Commission approve the request. Roll call, all ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Wulfekuhle, to discuss Resolution 2020-12. Moved Tucker, seconded Tenney, to approve Resolution 2020-12, accepting the Street Financial Report for fiscal year 2020. Roll call, all ayes, motion carried.

     There being no further business, moved Tucker, unanimous, to adjourn at 6:50 pm.

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