Council Meeting Minutes 3-7-2022


March 7, 2022

     The City Council of the City of Fayette, Iowa, met Monday, March 7, 2022, at 6:00 pm in the Community Room at the Fayette Community Library pursuant to law and rules of said council, Mayor Wood presiding. The meeting began with the Pledge of Allegiance.

     Roll call: Present - Council members Post, Potratz, Tenney and Tucker. Absent - Scott.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Potratz, to approve the consent agenda items consisting of the regular meeting minutes of 2/22/22, the claims list of 2/19/22-3/4/22 and the January 2022 financial reports. Roll call, all ayes, motion carried.

     Treasurer’s Balance for Fund Accounts as of January 31, 2022: Total January Receipts: $185,363.52 (General $82,129.53; Streets $14,644.03; Employee Benefits $6,164.38; Local Option Sales Tax $10,800.59; CDBG $18,531; Revolving Loan $230.48; Bolger $582.79; Library Fund $53.33; Debt $1,315.51; Water $18,333.32; Water T&A $750; Sewer $27,292.27; Water/Sewer Capital $3,978.29; Storm Water $558). Total January Disbursements: $118,380.57 (General $46,632.70; Streets $7,437.89; Employee Benefits $4,299.74; CDBG $12,616.93; Bolger $448.14; Library Fund $748.18; Water Street Project $21,244.23; Water $11,468.36; Water T&A $634.11; Sewer $12,850.29). Transfers in: Sewer Fund $9,575.50; Transfers out: Sewer $9,575.50. Treasurer’s Balance: $4,253,301.37.

     A letter was received by Herman Lenz addressed to the Mayor and Council in reference to the Iowa Legislature and speed cameras as well as his communication with the Fayette Police Department.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Potratz, to amend the agenda and move correspondence from consent agenda items to agenda item 4, receiving and filing of any communications, petitions or please of protest and to approve the agenda as amended. All ayes, motion carried.

     Mayor Wood advised he submitted an article to the Oelwein Daily Register listing things accomplished in Fayette within the last year and future plans. Wood wrote to Representative Ashley Hinson about the drug problems and the impact it has on our local law enforcement. Hinson replied to Wood's letter and sent a representative who met with Wood at the end of February.

     City Administrator/Clerk McGrane informed the council that he attended the Fayette County Supervisors meeting to discuss the dispatch contracts for the cities of Oelwein, West Union, and Fayette on 2/28. Fayette County Sheriff Fisher proposed an amount for each city based on calls for services (CFS) generated by each city. The city of Fayette's estimated CFS is 920 (based on FY2022) and the proposed cost to Fayette would be $11,082, which is a $5,601 increase of the current contract. The Fayette County Supervisors agreed to keep the fee the same as the current year for Fayette in FY2023 and to form an advisory committee made up of two representatives from Oelwein, West Union, Fayette, and Fayette County to discuss how to fund the dispatch center. McGrane and Fayette Police Chief Davis will attend the first advisory committee meeting in April.

     Police Chief Davis advised the department has some upcoming events that they will be advertising soon.

     Moved Potratz, seconded Post, to change the headings on the Finance Committee meeting minutes and to approve the amended Finance Committee meeting minutes from 2/24/22 and 2/28/22. All ayes, motion carried.

     McGrane advised Resolution #2022-13 is an agreement with Gundersen to lock us in on rates. Moved Tenney, seconded Potratz, to approve Resolution #2022-13 adopting and accepting the Business Health Services and Occupational Health Service Agreement with Gundersen Health System. Roll call, all ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Tucker, to reassign the current lease with Big Rock Country Club, Inc. to Rock Bottom, LLC, and to accept the Rock Bottom, LLC, assignment of lease for the Big Rock Golf Course. All ayes, motion carried.

     McGrane highlighted some of the items in the fiscal year 2023 (FY23) proposed budget estimate the Finance Committee is recommending. Moved Potratz, seconded Post, to direct the City Administrator/Clerk to publish the Budget Estimate and set a Public Hearing for March 21, 2022, at 6PM in the Fayette Community Library on the FY23 Budget Estimate. All ayes, motion carried.

     McGrane explained he would like the council to consider having Deputy Clerk Nancy Creery start full-time on 4/11/22, which is a few months earlier than budgeted for. McGrane explained his work duties keep increasing and the city has time-sensitive priorities/projects to complete over the next few months including a budget amendment, the W. Water Street project, the Homes for Iowa project, the solar panel installation, the CDBG Rehab Housing grant and switching to the new electronic utility billing payment company. Moved Tenney, seconded Tucker, to make Deputy Clerk Nancy Creery full-time starting April 11, 2022, at the current wage of $12.96 per hour. All ayes, motion carried.

    There being no further business, Wood declared the meeting adjourned at 7:19 pm.

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