CITY OF FAYETTE

PUBLIC NOTICE

SNOW REMOVAL

The City of Fayette would like to remind you of the Fayette City Code regarding snow removal:

135.12    DUMPING OF SNOW.  It is unlawful for any person to throw, push, or place or cause to be thrown, pushed or placed, any ice or snow from private property, sidewalks, or driveways onto the traveled way of a street or alley so as to obstruct gutters, or impede the passage of vehicles upon the street or alley or to create a hazardous condition therein; except where, in the cleaning of large commercial drives in the business district it is absolutely necessary to move the snow onto the street or alley temporarily, such accumulation shall be removed promptly by the property owner or agent.  Arrangements for the prompt removal of such accumulations shall be made prior to moving the snow.

136.03    REMOVAL OF SNOW, ICE AND ACCUMULATIONS.  It is the responsibility of the abutting property owners to remove snow, ice and accumulations promptly from sidewalks.  If a property owner does not remove snow, ice or accumulations within twenty-four (24) hours after it snows, the City may do so and assess the costs against the property owner for collection in the same manner as a property tax.

The City of Fayette Public Works employees would like to request that all vehicles parallel park on Main Street when there is snow until all the snow has been removed.  A full copy of the Fayette City Code is available for viewing at Fayette City Hall or at www.fayetteiowa.com.

City Administrator/Clerk Kris McGrane

The last day for leaf pick-up will be this coming Tuesday, November 12th (unless it snows and the ground is covered with snow, then leaf pick-up will be over for the season). 

The last day the Fayette Yard Waste Site will be open is Wednesday, November 13th.  Then, the site will be closed for the winter and the City of Fayette will notify the citizens when it will reopen in the spring.  The City Yard Waste Disposal Site is open on Wednesdays from 2PM-4PM and on Saturdays from 8AM-10AM for disposing of branches, sticks, leaves and other yard waste.  Yard waste may also be burned, but burning of trash is prohibited.  You may also check-out the key to the Yard Waste Site at Fayette City Hall during office hours with a $5 deposit.  Residents will not be able to check out the key after Wednesday, November 13th.

CITY OF FAYETTE

PUBLIC NOTICE

SNOW-MOBILES

75.04    SNOWMOBILE OPERATION.  The operators of snow-mobiles shall comply with the following restrictions as to where snowmobiles may be operated within the City:

  1. Snowmobiles shall be operated only upon streets which have not been plowed during the snow season and on the following designated streets:
    1. Along Highway 150 on Iowa Department Transportation Right-of     way consistent with Iowa State Law.
    2. Main Street, from the north corporate line to Water Street.
    3. East Water Street, from Main Street to Washington Street.
    4. Washington Street, from E. Water Street to the County Road (C24) to Wadena.
    5. County Road (C24) “Wadena Road” to the east corporate line.
    6. East State Street, from Washington Street to Main Street.
    7. From the intersection of Highway 150, west of 515 E. Water Street (The Pumper) to the recreation trail east of the Highway 150 bridge and on the recreation trail to the Main Street bridge.  The portion of the      recreation trail west of the Highway 150 bridge is not allowed. 
    8. Other Streets: Snowmobiles may be operated on any street within the city for the sole and exclusive purpose of using the most direct roadway for the ingress or egress to/from the city. No snowmobile shall be driven on any roadway or right-of-way except for the provisions listed in this chapter.

(Code of Iowa, Sec. 321G.9[4a])

  1. Exceptions. Snowmobiles may be operated on prohibited streets only under the following circumstances:
    1. Emergencies. Snowmobiles may be operated on any street in an emergency during the period of time when and at locations where snow upon the roadway renders travel by conventional motor vehicles impractical.

(Code of Iowa, Sec. 321G.9[4c])

                 2. Direct Crossing. Snowmobiles may make a direct crossing of a prohibited street provided:

(1)  The crossing is made at an angle of approximately ninety degrees (90°) to the direction of the street and at a place where no obstruction prevents a quick and safe crossing;

(2)  The Snowmobile is brought to a complete stop before crossing the street;

(3)  The driver yields the right-of-way to all on-coming traffic which constitutes an immediate hazard; and

(4)  In crossing a divided street, the crossing is made only at an intersection of such street with another street.

(Code of Iowa, Sec. 321G.9[2])

  1. Railroad Right-of-way. Snowmobiles shall not be operated on an operating railroad right-of-way.  A Snowmobile may be driven directly across a railroad right-of-way only at an established crossing and notwithstanding any other provisions of law may, if necessary, use the improved portion of the established crossing after yielding to all oncoming traffic.

(Code of Iowa, Sec. 321G.13[8])

  1. Trails. Snowmobiles shall not be operated on all-terrain vehicle trails except where so designated.

(Code of Iowa, Sec. 321G.9[4f and g])

  1. Parks and Other City Land. Snowmobiles shall not be operated in any park, playground or upon any other City-owned property without the express permission of the City.  A snowmobile shall not be operated on any City land without a snow cover of at least one-tenth of one inch.
  2. Sidewalk or Parking. Snowmobiles shall not be operated upon the public sidewalk or that portion of the street located between the curb line and the sidewalk or property line commonly referred to as the “parking” except for purposes of crossing the same to a public street upon which operation is authorized by this chapter.

75.05   HOURS OF OPERATION.  No snowmobile shall be operated in the City between the hours of ten-thirty o’clock (10:30) p.m. and eight o’clock (8:00) a.m. except for emergency situations or for loading and unloading from a transport trailer.

 

A full copy of the Fayette City Code is available for viewing at Fayette City Hall or at www.fayetteiowa.com.

City Administrator/Clerk Kris McGrane

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

CITY OF FAYETTE BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT

        You are hereby notified that on Tuesday, November 19, 2019, at 7PM in Fayette City Hall, the Fayette Board of Adjustment will hold a public hearing to elicit input and responses relating to the request from Upper Iowa University.  Upper Iowa University is requesting a variance to the supplementary district regulations in Chapter 165.10(2), accessory buildings.  Upper Iowa University would like to place a metal storage container in the side yard, on the south side of the UIU Recreation Center located in the 500 block of Union Street.  The Board will decide on the variance and exceptions from the City Planning & Zoning Regulations.

     If you so desire, you may appear, either in person or by agent or attorney, in support of or in opposition to the special exception or variance to the ordinance. 

/s/Kris McGrane, City Administrator/Clerk 10/25/2019

The Fayette Public Works employees will begin leaf pick-up on Monday, Oct. 28th, 2019.  Pick up will be on Mondays (weather permitting). If they are unable to get to all the houses on Monday, then they will pick-up leaves at the houses they missed on Tuesday. Place raked leaves on the City parkway or right-of-way between the sidewalk and the back of the curb.  If you don’t have a curb, then place on the grassy area near the street.  Please do NOT place in the street!  No tree branches or sticks should be mixed with the leaves because they will puncture the vacuum hose. 

The City Yard Waste Disposal Site is open on Wednesdays from 2PM-4PM and on Saturdays from 8AM-10AM for disposing of branches, sticks, leaves and other yard waste.  Yard waste may also be burned but burning of trash is prohibited.  City Ordinance 135.08 prohibits the burning of leaves on any curb and gutter or on any paved or surfaced street or alley.  A fire burns not only the leaves, but also the tar/oil in asphalt and cracks can crack the concrete.

CITY OF FAYETTE

PUBLIC NOTICE

The City of Fayette would like to remind you that effective November 1st through March 31st, the City of Fayette will be enforcing the Snow Removal Ordinance.  An excerpt of the Ordinance reads as follows:

     69.12  SNOW REMOVAL.  No person shall park, abandon or leave unattended, any vehicle on the traveled portion of any City street or alley from November 1st through March 31st between the hours of two o’clock (2:00) a.m. and six o’clock (6:00) a.m. or during any snow removal operations when the Mayor has declared a Snow Emergency to exist.  Signs indicating the November 1st through March 31st shall be posted and maintained in proper order by the Street Department at each entrance to Fayette so proper notification can be given to motorists.  All motor vehicles left parked, unattended or abandoned on any city street from November 1st through March 31st between the hours of two o’clock (2:00) a.m. and six o’clock (6:00) a.m. shall be ticketed by Law Enforcement Officials or their designee and towed at the discretion of the Law Enforcement Officials or their designee at the owner’s expense to the nearest facility, garage or impound yard approved by the Police Chief.  All impounded vehicles under this ordinance may be released only after the costs of impoundment have been paid in full with cash or assurety.  All tickets issued under this ordinance must be paid within a 72 hour period unless the vehicle’s owner is otherwise granted an extension by the Mayor following a formal request for a public hearing before the City Council. 

     Following a winter storm where the accumulation of six (6) inches of snow or more has fallen, or when the Mayor has declared a Snow Emergency, no person shall park, abandon, or leave unattended, any vehicle on the traveled portion of any street or alley, or in any off-street parking areas in the public right-of-way and lying between the property lines along the sidewalk areas and the street edge until such snow has been moved back by City Street Department crews.  In areas of town where sidewalk does not exist, the City Map indicating right of ways, which is posted in the Council Chambers in City Hall, should be used as a guide.  This is to allow the City Street Department crews to clear snow back away from the street’s edge and to promote safety through increased visibility and a roadway free of narrowing or unnecessary obstructions.

     In the event a Snow Emergency is declared by the Mayor to exist, the City Administrator/Clerk or the Chief of Police shall immediately notify the area news stations via facsimile of the declared Snow Emergency stating the time and date of the posting along with the period for which the Emergency is in force. 

     For the purpose of declaring the traveled portion areas of a street or alley, this would include all hard-surfaced areas of the street and forty-eight (48) inches from the edge of the street which is maintained by the City known as the shoulder.

A full copy of this City Ordinance is available for viewing at Fayette City Hall or at www.fayetteiowa.com.

City Administrator/Clerk Kris McGrane

  

Left Picture: Fayette Mayor Andrew Wenthe and Deputy Clerk Anne Sellers. Right Picture: City Administrator/Clerk Kris McGrane and Deputy Clerk Anne Sellers.

Congratulations Deputy Clerk Anne Sellers on her retirement!  Some of the city employees, council members and Mayor Wenthe gave her a few things to do during retirement: Take care of a plant, drink some coffee and a little fun money.  Thank you, Anne, for your 17 years of service!

Fayette City Hall will be changing their office hours starting Monday, August 26th, 2019, to 8AM to 12:30PM and 3PM to 4PM until further notice.  Citizens may drop off any payments in the drop-box located next to the front door of City Hall.  Fayette offers citizens the option to pay utility bills online or automatic bank withdrawals.  For more information or to register for online or automatic bank withdrawal payments, contact City Hall at 563-425-4316 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  People may also pay their parking citations online.

(From the City of Fayette's Community Announcement E-mail, 8/14/19)

FAYETTE WATER & SEWER RATES:  As I mentioned in a previous email, the majority of the council have finished taking the necessary steps to update the monthly water and sewer rates as well as adjust the water/sewer capital improvement fee.  There were no changes to Recycling, Landfill, Yard Waste and Storm Water fees. The new changes are below:

   

Previous Rates/Fees

New Rates/Fees

Water

1st 150 Cubic Feet

$12 (minimum)

$15 (minimum)

 

All over 150 Cubic Feet

$0.046 per cubic foot

$0.055 per cubic foot

       

Sewer

1st 150 Cubic Feet

$18.45 (minimum)

$23 (minimum)

 

All over 150 Cubic Feet

$0.086 per cubic foot

$0.092 per cubic foot

       

Capital Fee

 

$10 per bill

2% of total cubic feet used per month, per account, with a minimum charge of $3 and maximum charge of $100 per month

We have quite a few residents that receive a minimum utility bill.  Here are the changes you will see:

Minimum Utility Bill

 

Previous

New

Water

150 c.f.

$12

$15

Sewer

150 c.f.

$18.45

$23

Recycling

 

$2

$2

Landfill

 

$4.55

$4.55

Yard Waste

 

$1.35

$1.35

Storm Water

 

$1

$1

Capital Fee

 

$10

$3

Water Tax (approx.)

 

$0.72

$0.90

 

 

 

 

Approximate Total

 

$50.07

$50.80

These changes will be reflected on your next utility bill that you will receive the beginning of September.

Why the changes?

The council reviewed the revenue for the water and sewer accounts after switching to monthly billing and found the monthly rates were too low.  The majority of the residents were paying less for their water and sewer than when the city was billing quarterly.  The council added a $10/month fee for future water and sewer capital improvements and that is the reason why residents saw an increase in their utility bills when we switched to monthly billing.

The majority of the council decided to replace the water and sewer capital improvements fee from a flat $10 per month, per account, to charging each account a fee of 2% of the water usage.  There would be a minimum fee of $3 per month and a maximum fee of $100 per month, per account.  The majority of the council felt this may be a fairer way to charge people because it will mostly be based off of water usage.  A few examples of what this would look like is:

      • If a utility user used 150 cubic feet of water or less in 1 month, they would be charged the minimum fee of $3 for that month. 
      • If a utility user used 250 cubic feet of water in 1 month, they would be charged a 2% fee of $5 for that month. 
      • If a utility user used 500 cubic feet of water in 1 month, they would be charged a 2% fee of $10 for that month. 
      • If a utility user used 1,000 cubic feet of water in 1 month, they would be charged a 2% fee of $20 for that month.
      • If a utility user used 5,000 cubic feet of water or more in 1 month, they would be charged the maximum fee of $100 for that month.

Many cities in our area have been charging some sort of a capital infrastructure/improvement fee on their utility bills so they can pay back some sort of water or sewer debt.  The City of Fayette currently has debt for our sewer system but has never implemented a capital fee because we’ve been fortunate enough to be able to pay back the debt with our current sewer rates.  The council felt it would be a great time to start charging a capital fee when we switched to monthly billing so we can start a fund for future water and sewer improvements.  The idea is to help build up a fund in hopes to avoid the city having to drastically increase rates or fees when a major water or sewer repair or improvement is needed.  We have witnessed neighboring communities have to do this and we are trying to avoid it from happening here in Fayette.  The council is looking out and preparing for the future of Fayette.  

I know I’ve mentioned this a few times, but I’ll say it again.  It is a tough job to have to manage the city’s water and sewer, such as making sure we are bringing in enough money to be able to pay all the expenses for providing water and sewer service to our community while saving for future necessities and repairing old infrastructure.  Raising rates and fees is not easy and affects all of us.  The price of everything continues to rise, including the chemicals, the testing and all the other expenses the city must provide to be able to offer you clean water and a sanitary sewer service.  If you have any questions, please reach out to the Mayor, a council member or me.

-Kris McGrane, City Administrator/Clerk

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