Council Meeting Minutes 4-19-2021


April 19, 2021

     The City Council of the City of Fayette, Iowa, met Monday, April 19, 2021, at 6:00 pm in the Community Room at the Fayette Community Library and via conference call/online using 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,

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

     Moved Wulfekuhle, seconded Tucker, to approve the consent agenda items consisting of the regular meeting minutes of 4/5/21 and the claims list of 4/3/21 - 4/16/21. Roll call, all ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tucker, seconded Wulfekuhle, to amend the agenda so item 6B states Ordinance 512 is the third and final reading and not the second reading and to approve the amended agenda. All ayes, motion carried.

     Mayor Wenthe advised Patty Reisinger, a representative from the Bird Friendly Iowa Steering Committee, was at the meeting to present the award, signs and flag to the City of Fayette for becoming a Bird Friendly Iowa community. Fayette is the sixth city in Iowa to receive this award. Jake Dale, an Upper Iowa University (UIU) student, and Paul Skrade, an UIU professor, worked on this as a project for Dale's Master's program. Fayette officially became a Bird Friendly Iowa community in 2020, but due to COVID-19 restrictions, this presentation was postponed. Wenthe thanked Dale, Skrade and Reisinger for all their help to make Fayette a Bird Friendly Iowa community.

     City Administrator/Clerk McGrane informed the council that the Public Works Dept. (PW) took down the old "Fayette Tourism Sign" at the 606 W. Water Street property. McGrane is still busy working on the multiple projects and accounting software changes due the new employee health insurance plan and the bank change. McGrane attended the Recreation Board meeting on 4/5 to answer questions. PW Director Jerry Hildebrand and McGrane attended the Water St. Project Preconstruction/Contractor meeting on 4/6. Police Chief Ben Davis and McGrane met with the events coordinators at Maple Crest Campus on 4/7 about their upcoming events. Amy Tucker and McGrane assisted the UIU volunteers with cleaning Cardinal Park sports complex on 4/14. Deputy Clerk Nancy Creery and McGrane attended a short online training for JUS, the city's utility billing software, on 4/16. McGrane advised it is starting to get busy with building permits, fences and zoning questions. McGrane updated the cities website to make it more user-friendly for people to get the permit applications and information from the city code. McGrane has been working with the Marketing Intern and will soon have a nice flyer to help promote Fayette's business incentives.

     Police Chief Davis provided an updated on the new speed cameras. Davis explained the city is still in a time period where only warnings are being issued. Anyone with questions may contact Davis. Davis received compliments about the traffic starting to slow down on HWY 150. Fayette PD assisted with State Trooper Jim Smith's funeral.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Wulfekuhle, to Resolution 2021-15. Moved Wulfekuhle, seconded Potratz, to adopt and approve Resolution 2021-15, the Radius Global Solutions LLC contract for services. Roll call, all ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Post, seconded Tenney, to discuss and adopt Ordinance 512, third and final reading. Moved Tenney, seconded Wulfekuhle, to approve the third and final 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 Tucker, to discuss and approve the Fayette County Economic Development and Tourism Quarterly Report from January through March of 2021. All ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Post, seconded Wulfekuhle, to discuss and approve the Fayette Community Library Board of Trustees meeting minutes from 3/10/21. All ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tucker, seconded Potratz, to discuss and consider donating $1500 to the Fayette County Ag Society for the 2021 Fayette County Fair. Moved Wulfekuhle, seconded Post, to approve donating $1500 to the Fayette County Ag Society for the carnival at the 2021 Fayette County Fair. All ayes, motion carried.

     There being no further business, moved Wulfekuhle, unanimous, to adjourn at 6:18 pm.

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