Council Meeting Minutes 10-3-2022


October 3, 2022

     Prior to this meeting, at 5:00 pm, the council held a work session to discuss Resolution 2022-36, adopting council and mayor communications with city staff and employees, Resolution 2022-37, adopting the rules of procedure governing the conduct of business of the city council. The work session adjourned at 5:59 pm.

     The City Council of the City of Fayette, Iowa, met Monday, October 3, 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, Post, and Potratz.

     Moved Potratz, seconded Post, to approve the consent agenda items consisting of the regular meeting minutes of 9/19/22, claims list of 9/17/22-9/30/22 and approval to renew the Class C Beer Permit with a Class B Wine Permit and Sunday Sales for Dollar General Store #20268. Roll call, all ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Potratz, seconded Tenney, to amend the agenda and have agenda item 7A, discussion on moving forward and finance options for the N. Main Street improvements project, next on the agenda and approve the amended agenda. All ayes, motion carried.

     Maggie Burger, Financial Advisor with Speer Financial, presented the council with the city's debt limit, the remaining legal debt margin, estimated project costs, costs of issuance for general obligation bonds and a few spreadsheets to show potential interest rates, maturity schedules and impact on the tax rate. No formal action was taken.

     Mayor Wood informed the council that council person Tenney, City Administrator McGrane and him attended the Iowa League of Cities annual conference last week and it was very worthwhile. Mr. Runyon had talked to Wood about concerns with drivers on Big Rock Road and sharing the road with pedestrians and bikers. It was suggested to have "25 MPH" and/or stencils of pedestrians and bikers painted on the road to remind drivers. Wood would like to refer the request to the Streets and Sidewalks committee. Louise Scott spoke with Wood about the possibility of adding a pedestrian stop light along HWY 150 at the intersection of W. Clark Street to assist school age children crossing the HWY. Wood would like to refer the suggestion to the Streets and Sidewalks committee. Wood has had multiple property owners approach him about a variety of concerns with Upper Iowa University (UIU) students. Wood is working with the police department and public works department to assist with some of the concerns. Wood and Police Chief Davis will be meeting with the UIU Student Government Association ON 10/4 about their concerns. Wood provided the council with correspondence on an investigation he conducted with some UIU student's complaints on the Fayette Police Department. Wood has concluded his investigation and cannot report specifics at this time due to an open police investigation.

     City Administrator/Clerk McGrane updated the council on the solar panel project. The panels are starting to be installed around the city. McGrane advised he is working with an attorney on the possibility of the Fayette Ambulance Service receiving a donation from a potential residual beneficiary of a Trust. McGrane is still working with KS State Bank on the payment for the new police Tahoe and completed paperwork with Quick Med Claims for Medicare revalidation for the ambulance service. McGrane advised the on-site audit for fiscal year 2022 will be conducted on 10/14.

     Police Chief Davis advised the council that abatements are still moving forward. Motorola is working on the countywide emergency radio system upgrade and believes the project could start in November. On 10/9 from 11AM to 2PM will be the Fayette PD K9 fundraiser at Cardinal Park and will be a free-will donation lunch. On 10/20 there will be around 30 police K9's in and around town for training.

     Paul Cutting with Winneshiek Energy District was present to discuss and answer questions about installing an electric vehicle (EV) charging station in Fayette. Cutting provided warranty information on the units. Cutting advised he will assist us with marketing the new EV charging station. Moved Tenney, seconded Tucker, to approve moving forward with purchasing a dual Blink EV Charger with a 5 year warranty using the hotel/motel tax funds and placing it on S. Main Street by the Fayette Fire Station. All ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Scott, to having the Public Works Director, Mayor and City Administrator/Clerk decide on the best contractor to place riprap around the solar panels at the lagoons taking into consideration cost and availability on completing the project without spending more than $49,999.99. All ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Post, seconded Tenney, to approve donating $4,000 plus the price of the sand from the park fund to the American Legion Post 339 to assist with the new playground equipment installed at Klocks Island park. All ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Post, to accept the Fayette Safety meeting minutes from 9/28/22. All ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Post, seconded Tenney, to approve Ordinance 515, amending and combining Chapter 23, Parks Board, and Chapter 24, Recreation Board, as amended. Roll call, all ayes, motion carried.

     No discussion was had on Resolution 2022-36 because the council would like another work session on this Resolution.

     No discussion was had on Resolution 2022-37 because the council would like another work session on this resolution.

     Moved Tucker, seconded Tenney, to approve Resolution 2022-38, the Medical Director Agreement between the City of Fayette Ambulance Service and Winneshiek Medical Center. Roll call, all ayes, motion carried.

     Moved Tenney, seconded Post, to approve having citywide trick or treating on Monday, October 31 from 5PM to 7PM. All ayes, motion carried.

    There being no further business, Wood declared the meeting adjourned at 8:36 pm.

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