Council Meeting Minutes 7-18-22


July 18, 2022

     The City Council of the City of Fayette, Iowa, met Monday, July 18, 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 Scott (via telephone until she arrived in person), Tenney, Tucker, Post, and Potratz.

     Moved Potratz, seconded Post, to approve the consent agenda items consisting of the regular meeting minutes of 7/5/22 and the claims list of 7/2/22-7/15/22.  Roll call, all ayes, motion carried.

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

     Mayor Wood provided the council with the Iowa Municipalities Workers Compensation Association letter he received in regards to a meeting McGrane and him attended on 7/6/22.

     Upon recommendation from Mayor Wood, moved Tucker, seconded Scott, to reappoint Becky Wadian and Marcia Andrews to the Fayette Library Board of Trustees for a 6-year term that will expire on 6/30/2028. All ayes, motion carried.

    City Administrator/Clerk McGrane updated the council on the new Hotel/Motel Tax. McGrane is working with the Iowa Department of Revenue and the Fayette County Auditor with the Hotel/Motel tax paperwork. McGrane advised the new Homes for Iowa home will be delivered on 7/20. McGrane has been working with the USDA Rural Development on the grant to help with the costs of the new radio/equipment that will be needed for the Fayette County tower upgrade. The maximum the city may receive from the grant is now $44,600.

     Police Chief Davis informed the council that Inspiring Lives staff and representatives will be attending the 8/1 city council meeting to discuss concerns. The council and citizens who have concerns are encouraged to attend the 8/1 meeting at 6PM in the Fayette Community Library. There are currently 5 homes in Fayette that Inspiring Lives use. Davis will provide some statistics on the calls in Fayette in reference to Inspiring Lives at the meeting. The Fayette PD will be providing an active shooter response training to the Delaware County police, fire and emergency medical services. Davis advised he has received communication that Goodell is collecting more items outside his home. He will communicate with the city attorney on possible next steps.

     The mayor and council went through the development agreement. Moved Tenney, seconded Scott, to approve the development agreement with Hackley Homes & Communities, LLC, for $1000 per lot or actual cost for running water and sewer infrastructure up to a maximum of $20,000 and to present it to Hackley Homes & Communities, LLC. All ayes, motion carried.  Motion Scott, second Post, for adding in the attorney fee shifting provision and to adjust the Minimum Improvements on page B-1 in Exhibit B. All ayes, motion carried.

     The council discussed the flagpole at the old tourism lot. McGrane advised it is a 24 foot flagpole and Public Works Director Jerry Hildebrand confirmed the public works employees can manage the flag during the summer. Mayor Wood advised Grandview Cemetery may be interested in the flagpole. The council suggested the flagpole should be taken out and evaluated before a decision is made. The pole could be stored with the city until a decision is made. First the council would like to know the cost of getting the flagpole removed, including how many city employees and hours worked it would take to remove the flagpole. No formal action was taken.

     Wood and McGrane updated the council on the meeting they had with the city attorney on 7/13 in reference to the housing inspections. Moved Tucker, seconded Scott, to move forward with unsafe structures, dangerous buildings and condemnation proceedings with city code chapter 145 and to move forward with our nuisance properties. All ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Tucker, to approve and acknowledge receipt the Fayette County Economic Development & Tourism quarterly report from April to June 2022. All ayes, motion carried.

     Kevin with Northeast Security Bank informed the council that the bank would like to have Boyd's food truck out of Fairbank in town on the street for a customer appreciation. Moved Potratz, seconded Post, to close off W. State Street from S. Main Street to King Street on Friday, September 9, 2022, from 11AM to 2PM for Northeast Security Bank's Customer Appreciation. All ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tucker, seconded Scott, to close off S. Main Street from Water Street to Clark Street and State Street from Mechanic Street to Washington Street from Friday, September 9, 2022 to Sunday, September 11, 2022 for Watermelon Days and granting permission for live music outside until 12AM on Friday, September 9, 2022, and Saturday, September 10, 2022. All ayes, motion carried.

     Recommendations and edits were made to the new police canine policy for the Fayette Police Department Policy and Procedure Manual. Chief Davis drafted the policy using other surrounding departments policies and getting recommendations from other canine officers. Council would like to look at the revised policy at the next meeting. No formal action was taken.

     Wood provided the 2023-2028 City of Fayette Strategy Path that was presented by the strategic planning committee. It was recommended on changing "established" with "emerging" for "Be an emerging arts and history community" as one of the vision statements. Moved Tenney, seconded Tucker, to approve the identity, vision and tenet as amended of the 2023-28 Strategy Path. All ayes, motion carried.

    There being no further business, Wood declared the meeting adjourned at 8:58 pm.

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