Council Meeting Minutes 4-5-2021

REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING

April 5, 2021

     The City Council of the City of Fayette, Iowa, met Monday, April 5, 2021, at 6:00 pm in the Community Room at the Fayette Community Library and 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 in person or 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 Potratz (via telephone), Tenney, Tucker and Wulfekuhle. Absent - Post.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Potratz, to approve the consent agenda items consisting of the regular meeting minutes of 3/15/21, the claims list of 3/13/21 - 4/2/21 and the February 2021 Financial Reports. Roll call, all ayes, motion carried.

     Treasurer’s Balance for Fund Accounts as of February 28, 2021: Total February Receipts: $645,227.71 (General $52,159.79; Streets $12,157.46; Employee Benefits $613.30; CDBG $35,069; Revolving Loan $231.09; Bolger $106.61; Library Fund $1.05; Water Street Project $496,490; Water $17,568.04; Sewer $26,414.97; Water/Sewer Capital $3,861.40; Storm Water $555). Total February Disbursements: $111,691.81 (General $29,484.48; 9 S. Main $918.53; Streets $9,530.79; Employee Benefits $11,376.33; CDBG $1,057.33; Revolving Loan $181.93; Bolger $32.38; Water Street Project $31,976.89; Water $13,603.62; Sewer $13,529.53). Transfers in: Sewer Fund $9,575.50; Transfers out: Sewer $9,575.50. Treasurer’s Balance: $4,710,983.64.

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

     Mayor Wenthe read and signed a proclamation recognizing the month of April as Sexual Assault Awareness month. Wenthe also advised on Thursday Scott Pharmacy, Fayette County Public Health and Upper Iowa University (UIU) will be hosting a COVID-19 vaccination clinic from 9AM to 6:30PM and administering the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. Anyone interested in receiving the vaccination should contact Scott Pharmacy.

     City Administrator/Clerk McGrane advised he has been very busy working on multiple projects and business items, including the Water Street Improvements Project, the CDBG Housing Rehab Grant, Homes for Iowa application, the remodeling of 9 S. Main Street, continuing to work on the employee health insurance plan change, to name a few. The flooring at 9 S. Main Street was completed on 4/2. The Homes for Iowa application was completed and submitted on 3/31/21. The FY22 Budget was completed, submitted and approved by the Fayette County Auditor. The Deputy Clerk and McGrane have been working with Northeast Security Bank getting all the city accounts, payroll and online banking setup since they switched from First State Bank. McGrane had the annual Access System IT/Security meeting and overall the city is very protected. McGrane attended a training on 3/30.

     Police Chief Davis informed the council that Officer Ball will be returning to work this week. The Cedar Rapids Gazette will be working with Davis on a story about the firearm cameras the Fayette Police Department recently received. A nuisance abatement issue was brought up for the police to follow up on. Davis advised the new traffic enforcement signs were delivered to the local Department of Transportation (DOT). Once the DOT installs the signs, the cameras will be ready to be up and running.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Wulfekuhle, to discuss and adopt Ordinance 512, second reading. Moved Wulfekuhle, seconded Tenney, to approve the second reading of Ordinance 512, amending Chapter 160, Flood Plain Regulations, to the Fayette City Code by amending provisions pertaining to Floodplain Management. Roll call, all ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Wulfekuhle, to discuss Resolution 2021-9. Moved Tucker, seconded Tenney, to adopt and approve Resolution 2021-9, adding a Light Duty for Non-Work-Related/Temporary Disabilities section in the Personnel Policy. Roll call, all ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Wulfekuhle, to discuss Resolution 2021-16. Moved Tenney, seconded Wulfekuhle, to adopt and approve Resolution 2021-16, updating the Health Insurance section in the Personnel Policy. Roll call, all ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Wulfekuhle, seconded Tucker, to discuss and approve the Fayette Community Library Board of Trustees meeting minutes from 2/10/21. All ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Tucker, to discuss allowing UIU to have outdoor music until 11PM on April 30, 2021. Jake Bass with UIU provided information about the outdoor music event for students and the public to attend at Grace Meyer Square on campus. Two music groups will perform and food trucks will be available. Moved Wulfekuhle, seconded Tucker, to approve allowing UIU to have outdoor music until 11PM on 4/30/2021. All ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Tucker, to discuss closing the 100 block of E. State Street during the dates and times of the Fayette Show & Shine Car Shows. Steve Landry, a Fayette Recreation (Rec) Board member, was present and advised the Rec Board would like to provide entertainment for adults and children during the Car Shows. The Rec Board is looking at hiring some musicians to play music during this time, also. For the safety of adults and children, they would like to close off the 100-blk of E. State St. for easy pedestrian crossing. Landry advised they will not utilize any space in front of the garage doors of the Fire Station in case the fire trucks need to get out. Moved Wulfekuhle, seconded Tenney, to approve closing the 100-blk of E. State St. from 5:30PM to 9PM on the 3rd Thursday of the month starting in May until Sept. of 2021 during the Fayette Show and Shine Car Shows. All ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Tucker, to discuss purchasing new garbage receptacles from Kay Park Recreation. Public Works Director Jerry Hildebrand was present and advised the two garbage receptacles at Cardinal Park need replaced. Hildebrand advised these are nonbudgeted items. Moved Tucker, seconded Wulfekuhle, to purchase two new garbage receptacles from Kay Park Recreation and using money from the Parks Department in the amount of $928. All ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Wulfekuhle, to discuss moving forward with hiring a part-time employee for the Public Works Department to help with summer work. Moved Potratz, seconded Tucker, to move forward with hiring a part-time employee for the Public Works Department. All ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Wulfekuhle, to discuss Resolution 2021-17. Moved Tucker, seconded Wulfekuhle, to adopt and approve Resolution 2021-17, approving transferring of funds. Roll call, all ayes, motion carried.

     There being no further business, moved Potratz, unanimous, to adjourn at 6:47 pm.

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