Council Meeting Minutes 12-21-2020

REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING

December 21, 2020

     The City Council of the City of Fayette, Iowa, met Monday, December 21, 2020, at 6:00 pm via conference call/online using www.freeconferencecall.com due to COVID-19, per Iowa Code 21.8, pursuant to law and rules of said council, Mayor Wenthe presiding. The public was able to attend the meeting via conference call/online with basic directions posted on the council agenda and on the city of Fayette’s website, www.fayetteiowa.com.

     Roll call: Present - Council members Post (via telephone), Tenney (via online), Tucker (via online) and Wulfekuhle (via online). Absent - Potratz.

     Moved Wulfekuhle, seconded Tucker, to approve the consent agenda items consisting of the regular meeting minutes of 12/7/20, the claims list of 12/5/20 - 12/18/20, the October and November 2020 financial reports and correspondence. Roll call, all ayes, motion carried.

     Treasurer’s Balance for Fund Accounts as of September 30, 2020: Total September Receipts: $159,563.69 (General $49,754.72; Streets $19,614.72; Employee Benefits $20,312.29; Local Option Sales Tax $9,330.63; TIF $956.56; Revolving Loan $231.40; Bolger $6,183.05; Library Fund $44.42; Water $22,398.86; Water T&A $900; Sewer $24,773.54; Water/Sewer Capital $4,421.50; Storm Water $642). Total September Disbursements: $87,390.08 (General $31,658.86; 9 S. Main $107.86; Streets $6,860.86; Employee Benefits $9,118.93; CDBG $7,029.45; Revolving Loan $120.29; Bolger $5,986.24; Water $10,794.75; Water T&A $300; Sewer $15,412.84). Transfers in: Sewer Fund $9,575.50; Transfers out: Sewer $9,575.50. Treasurer’s Balance: $3,875,365.58.

     Treasurer’s Balance for Fund Accounts as of October 31, 2020: Total October Receipts: $306,765.53 (General $114,729.14; Streets $12,003.36; Employee Benefits $40,462.47; Local Option Sales Tax $9,330.65; TIF $29,580.56; CDBG $27,602; Revolving Loan $231.40; Bolger $591.56; Library Fund $1.43; Water $31,923.57; Water T&A $300; Sewer $34,250.03; Water/Sewer Capital $5,169.36; Storm Water $590). Total October Disbursements: $121,063.26 (General $56,510.54; 9 S. Main $85.40; Streets $11,858.65; Employee Benefits $9,898.51; CDBG $2,189.73; Revolving Loan $91.10; Water $18,170.37; Water T&A $1,125; Sewer $21,133.96). Transfers in: Sewer Fund $9,575.50; Transfers out: Sewer $9,575.50. Treasurer’s Balance: $4,061,053.65.

     Treasurer’s Balance for Fund Accounts as of November 30, 2020: Total November Receipts: $214,746.40 (General $90,190.17; Streets $17,117.21; Employee Benefits $17,851.81; Local Option Sales Tax $23,595.86; TIF $839.89; Revolving Loan $231.57; Bolger $276.15; Library Fund $0.64; Water $26,226.72; Water T&A $600; Sewer $32,403.18; Water/Sewer Capital $4,817.20; Storm Water $596). Total November Disbursements: $95,613.87 (General $27,545.18; 9 S. Main $78.70; Streets $10,439.48; Employee Benefits $5,267.89; CDBG $24,780.08; Revolving Loan $67.93; Bolger $42.32; Water $12,893.89; Water T&A $900; Sewer $13,598.40). Transfers in: Sewer Fund $9,575.50; Transfers out: Sewer $9,575.50. Treasurer’s Balance: $4,180,467.93.

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

     Upon Mayor Wenthe’s recommendation, moved Post, seconded Tenney, to appoint Janette Garcia to the Fayette Tree Board for a 2 year term, expiring 12/31/22. All ayes, motion carried.

     Upon Mayor Wenthe’s recommendation, moved Wulfekuhle, seconded Tucker, to reappoint Wade Whitcher to the Fayette Recreation Board for a 3 year term, expiring 11/1/23. All ayes, motion carried.

     Mayor advised we do need at least one more person to serve on the Fayette Recreation Board. On 12/8 from Noon until 1PM there was an all employee safety training at the Fayette Community Library and safety training topics recommended by IMWCA (the city's workers compensation company) were completed. Wenthe is also working on starting to hold monthly department supervisor meetings.

     City Administrator/Clerk McGrane was not at the meeting but provided a written report that informed the council most of the garbage is out of the old tourism home (606 W. Water St.) and McGrane has started selling some items on social media. A Fayette citizen volunteered and helped McGrane take a truck load of papers/brochures from the old home up to the Fayette County Recycling Center. McGrane has continued to work with Fehr Graham, Speer Financial and the city's bond attorney's for the Water Street improvements project. Letters were sent out to property owners on Water Street about their private sewer lines. McGrane attended the virtual Fayette County Economic Development & Tourism full board meeting on 12/16. McGrane reminded the council that city offices will be closed on 12/25, 12/26, 12/28 and 1/1/2021 for the holidays.

     Police Chief Davis advised the council new police officer Olivia Hake started last week and is doing well.

     Moved Tucker, seconded Wulfekuhle, to approve the Fayette Community Library Board of Trustees meeting minutes from 12/9/20. All ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tucker, seconded Wulfekuhle, to discuss hiring Northway Well and Pump Company to inspect Fayette Well #3. Public Works Director Hildebrand advised this is a budgeted item, however, we did not budget for the televising that was listed in the estimate. Hildebrand recommended not to televise the well at this time. Moved Wulfekuhle, seconded Tenney, to approve hiring Northway Well and Pump Company to inspect Fayette Well #3. All ayes, motion carried.       

     Moved Wulfekuhle, seconded Post, to discuss purchasing a booster pump from J&R Supply in the amount of $940. Hildebrand advised this is not a budgeted item, however, the pump has quit working and needs replaced. Moved Tucker, seconded Wulfekuhle, to approve purchasing a booster pump from J&R Supply for $940. All ayes, motion carried.

     Council member Potratz arrived at the meeting (via telephone) at approximately 6:13 pm.

     Moved Wulfekuhle, seconded Tenney, to discuss purchasing a replacement flygt mixer from Electric Pump in the amount of $5,235. Hildebrand advised the mixer is for the Sodium Bisulfate. A beaver chewed the power cable and water entered the motor. The price of the mixer increases 3.5% if we wait and order next calendar year. Moved Wulfekuhle, seconded Potratz, to approve purchasing a replacement flygt mixer from Electric Pump for $5,235. All ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Tucker, to discuss approving partial pay estimate number 3 to The Restyling Specialists for CDBG Rehabilitation project at 507 S. Main Street in the amount of $1,160. Moved Tucker, seconded Potratz, to approve the partial pay estimate number 3 to The Restyling Specialists for CDBG Rehabilitation project at 507 S. Main Street in the amount of $1,160. All ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Wulfekuhle, seconded Potratz, to discuss and consider choosing a flooring estimate and company for 9 S. Main Street. Estimates were provided by Furniture Showcase for luxury vinyl planks (between $6,569.11 - $6,746.37) and congoleum sheet vinyl (between $4,256.17 - $4,829.69) and by Diversity, Inc. (between $6,203.70 - $8,528.70) for epoxy flooring. Moved Potratz, seconded Post, to hire Diversity, Inc. to install epoxy flooring between $6,203.70 - $8,528.70 at 9 S. Main Street. All ayes, motion carried.

     There being no further business, moved Potratz, unanimous, to adjourn at 6:20 pm.

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