Council Meeting Minutes 8-1-22


August 1, 2022

     The City Council of the City of Fayette, Iowa, met Monday, August 1, 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, Tenney, Tucker (arrived at 6:01), Post, and Potratz.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Potratz, to approve the consent agenda items consisting of the regular meeting minutes of 7/18/22 and the claims list of 6/30/22-7/29/22. Roll call, all ayes, motion carried.

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

     Mayor Wood updated the council on the cell tower negotiations. Wood attended the Fayette Chamber RAGBRAI event on 7/29/22.

     City Administrator/Clerk McGrane advised the council the Homes for Iowa home was delivered on 7/20. The city will be replacing the entire sidewalk in front of the home and a few sections of the neighbors due to cracks from the delivery. The Development Agreement has been sent to Jaime Hackley for review. McGrane has continued to work with the Iowa Department of Revenue in regards to the Hotel/Motel tax. McGrane has a new IRS Form to complete each year and a small tax to pay because of our new health insurance plan. Starting 7/1/22 the quarterly Iowa Sales Tax report and payment is changing to monthly. McGrane had the annual I.T. meeting with Access Systems on the city's computers on 7/20. McGrane attended the Iowa Municipal Professionals Academy training on 7/27-7/29.

     Police Chief Davis informed the council that K9 Odin is now certified in narcotics. Odin will receive quarterly evaluations and will be able to start training in "tracking" next spring. Davis applied for a $10,000 grant to help with the Fayette K9 program.

     Moved Scott, seconded Post, to adopt Resolution 2022-30, adopting an addition to the Fayette Police Departments Policy and Procedure Manual: Police Canine Policy. Roll call, all ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Tucker, to acknowledge receipt of the Fayette Board of Adjustment meeting minutes from 6/9/22, the Fayette Planning and Zoning Commission meeting minutes from 7/21/22 and the Fayette Board of Adjustment meeting minutes from 7/25/22. All ayes, motion carried.

     Assistant County Attorney Nathan Lein was present and advised the council that he has not received reports from the Fayette Fire Department on an incident that occurred in Fayette around 7/1/22. Lein needs time to review the report and investigation because he has a 45-day deadline to file charges if charges need to be filed in the case. Lein has made a few requests for the report and has only received about 6 photographs. Lein would also like a list of witnesses, witness interviews and medical reports for the case. Lein presented the Mayor with additional information that he encouraged the Mayor and council members to view in regards to the case. Post, the chair for the Fayette Public Safety committee, advised he will follow-up with Fayette Fire Chief Rohde about the reports and will work on scheduling a Public Safety committee meeting in the future. No formal action was taken.

     Inspiring Lives had representatives present at the meeting including Laura Peyton (C.E.O.), Kira Roberts (Director of Long Term Care Services), Molly Heldt (Director of Clinical Services), Jennifer White (Director of Organizational Development) and Nick (Human Resources) to help educate and answer questions about their company from the council and the public. Peyton advised that Inspiring Lives has been around for quite a few years and they assist individuals with mental health disorders and work on getting them back into the community and on their own. A few Fayette residents voiced frustrations about having safety and other concerns (not of criminal nature) with some of the clients and when residents reached out to communicate with Inspiring Lives, they were not getting calls returned or answered. Some of the concerns later developed into criminal activity by the clients. The Fayette Police Department has had approximately 44 calls-for-services since 1/1/22 that involved clients from Inspiring Lives. Other area law enforcement agencies have had concerns with Inspiring Lives clients and they met in July to communicate the concerns with Inspiring Lives staff. The goal is to develop better communication to resolve the concerns. Inspiring Lives advised they have recently updated their website and have contact information on their website for the public to report concerns that are not crimes. Inspiring Lives will continue to work better at communication with the public and their concerns. Wood suggested an Inspiring Lives representative return to a future council meeting within the next few months to provide an update on their action plan to help with communication. No formal action was taken.

     Davis provided an update on the Iowa state code changes for registration and the use of ATV's and UTV's. After discussion the council would like city code Chapter 75 to be updated and a draft that refers to the Iowa State code rules be presented at a future meeting. They would also like clarification if snowmobiles are included with the changes. No formal action was taken.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Scott, to adopt Resolution 2022-31, approving and authorizing a request for obligation of funds, a letter of intent to meet conditions and the community facilities grant agreement. Roll call, all ayes, motion carried.

    There being no further business, Wood declared the meeting adjourned at 8:08 pm.

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