06/11/2012 Council Minutes

COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS
June 11, 2012

The City Council of La Porte City, Iowa met in regular session on June 11, 2012.  Mayor Rick Lubben called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM with Council Members Todd Butler, Sarah Craft, Mike Johnson, and Kim Ortiz present. Absent was Council Member Kathy Norris. Also present were Larry Feaker, Chris Brecher, Diane McIntosh, Jenifer Howard, Jen Sparks, Heather Chingren, Judy Mether, Danee Hayungs, Jane Aswegan, David Griswold, Alisha Evans, Heather Murr, Paul Murr, Missy Smith and Corey Smith.

Moved by Ortiz, seconded by Craft to approve the AGENDA. Motion carried 4-0.

David Griswold asked the Council about cleaning habits at the pool.   Mayor Lubben stated the Pool Manager will be notified of public concerns that pool staff may not be fulfilling their duties with regard to cleaning the pool at the end of each day. 

Moved by Butler, seconded by Ortiz to approve the CONSENT AGENDA including the May 29th Minutes, Disbursements and approval of Lions Club Beer Permit for Festival of Trails. Motion carried 4-0.

Moved by Butler, seconded by Craft to approve the CLERK’S REPORT including April 2012 Financials and Treasurer’s Report. Motion carried 4-0.

Moved by Craft, seconded by Butler to approve the POLICE REPORT. Motion carried 4-0.

Moved by Craft, seconded by Butler to approve the BUILDING & ZONING REPORT. Motion carried 4-0.

Moved by Butler, seconded by Johnson to receive and place on file RECOMMENDATION from Parks & Recreation Board FOR FAMILY AQUATIC CENTER OPERATING HOURS. The Board’s recommendation was to leave the hours as they are for the remainder of the season and to revisit the issue in the fall. Motion carried 4-0.

Moved by Johnson, seconded by Butler to approve a “RESOLUTION SETTING FAMILY AQUATIC CENTER HOURS FOR 2012 SEASON.”  The resolution sets hours for the remainder of the 2012 season for Monday – Saturday 1pm – 4pm, 6pm-8pm and Sundays 1-6pm.  Missy Smith commented that, as her son is enrolled in summer rec league, they do not have time to go to the Aquatic Center in the evenings. Danee Hayungs reiterated her feeling that since the decision to change the hours wasn’t made by the Council, but instead by two City employees, the Council should switch the hours back.  Council Member Butler reminded those present that, while the recommendation to change the hours in order to save payroll dollars was made by City staff, the Council was aware of and approved the change at their budget meeting to reduce the daily hours of operation by one (1) hour per day in 2012.  Council Member Craft commented that while she personally would like to see the hours changed back, she understood and supported the change for this season.  Council Member Johnson indicated that since lesson and swim team practice schedules have been set, he was reluctant to make any changes midway through the season.  Mayor Lubben assured those present that the issue of hours for the 2013 season would be reviewed by the Parks & Rec Board in the fall of 2012.  A recommendation regarding pool hours for 2013 will then be forwarded to the City Council for consideration and final approval. Roll call vote passed 3-1 with Ortiz opposed and Mayor Lubben declared Resolution 12-44 adopted.

Moved by Johnson, seconded by Ortiz to ACCEPT THE RESIGNATIONS OF STEVE BAGENSTOS AND TOM MULNIX AS RESERVE POLICE OFFICERS. Motion carried 4-0.

Moved by Ortiz, seconded by Johnson to HIRE TIM SMITH AS A PART-TIME POLICE OFFICER. Motion carried 4-0.

Moved by Butler, seconded by Johnson to approve Tara Miehe and Stacy Fleshner as LITTLE LEAGUE DIRECTORS to replace Eric Jesse. Miehe and Fleshner will complete the 2012 season.  They will split the remaining director’s salary of $900.00. Motion carried 4-0.

Moved by Craft, seconded by Johnson to approve the hiring of JOLENE KRONSHNABEL AS LIBRARY DIRECTOR.  Kronshnabel will work 30 hours per week and be eligible for benefits.  Motion carried 4-0.

Moved by Craft, seconded by Ortiz to approve a “RESOLUTION SETTING SALARY FOR LIBRARY DIRECTOR JOLENE KRONSCHNABEL. Kronschnabel’s hourly rate will be $13.50. Roll call vote passed 4-0 and Mayor Lubben declared Resolution 12-45 adopted.

Moved by Johnson, seconded by Butler to approve Mayor Lubben’s recommendation to appoint Susan Deaton & Jesus Gonzales to the HAWKINS LIBRARY BOARD OF DIRECTORS.  Both terms will begin July 1, 2012 and run for six years.  Motion carried 4-0.

Moved by Craft, seconded by Ortiz to approve the JOB DESCRIPTION FOR LITTLE LEAGUE DIRECTOR from the Parks and Recreation Commission.  Motion carried 4-0.  The job description will become effective for the position immediately.

Moved by Butler, seconded by Ortiz to FORWARD FOR CONSIDERATION TO PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION a request from Corey Neuendorf to rezone his property located at 1110 4th Street from M1 (light manufacturing) to R1 (residential).  Motion carried 4-0.

Moved by Butler, seconded by Johnson to approve the first reading of “AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF LA PORTE CITY, IOWA, SECTION 68.01 – ONE WAY TRAFFIC.” The ordinance permits two-way traffic on 1st Street from Commercial to Chestnut.  The change was made in anticipation of the closing of Commercial Street for construction and will allow access to the La Porte City Community Center and Heritage Apartments from Chestnut. The Council also discussed with the La Porte City Council on Aging and Heritage Apartments representatives how parking would be affected with the change. Police Chief Larry Feaker and Public Works Director Sam Weich will meet with both groups to make a decision on the parking. Roll call vote passed 4-0, and Mayor Lubben declared the first reading passed. Moved by Butler, seconded by Johnson to suspend the rules requiring three readings and move to the third reading.  Roll call vote passed 4-0 and Mayor Lubben declared Ordinance 464 adopted and effective when signage is posted.

Moved by Johnson, seconded by Ortiz to approve the first reading of “AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF LA PORTE CITY, IOWA, SECTION 69.11 – SNOW EMERGENCY.” The ordinance eliminates any reference to accumulation and leaves the declaration of a snow emergency to the Public Works Director.  Roll call vote passed 4-0. Moved by Johnson, seconded by Ortiz to suspend the rules requiring three readings and move to the third reading.  Roll call vote passed 4-0 and Mayor Lubben declared Ordinance 465 adopted and effective upon publication.

Moved by Craft, seconded by Johnson to approve a “RESOLUTION AMENDING THE CITY OF LA PORTE CITY FEES SCHEDULE.”  The resolution adds the term “per session” to the fee for a daily pass at the La Porte City Family Aquatic Center and adds the fees for accounts receivable billing and assessment that were adopted at the May 29th meeting. Roll Call vote passed 4-0 and Mayor Lubben declared Resolution 12-46 adopted.

Moved by Johnson, seconded by Butler to adopt the updated CITY CREDIT CARD POLICY.  The updated policy adds Jolene Kronschnabel as Library Director to the Veridian Credit Union Credit Card and adds Sam’s Club Credit Cards issued to City Clerk Jane Whittlesey and Family Aquatic Center Manager Aypryl Pippert. Motion carried 4-0.

Moved by Ortiz, seconded by Butler to approve the request for a Pool Party as a prize for Sing Me to Heaven “Slide & Splash Event”. Motion carried 4-0.

Heather Chingren of Hawkeye Valley Area Agency on Aging updated the Council on activities at the La Porte City Community Center.  The Center is in need of volunteers to help out with day to day activities as well as meal delivery. 

Moved by Butler, seconded by Craft to adjourn at 8:39 PM. Motion carried 4-0.

Jane Whittlesey, City Clerk

Rick Lubben, Mayor

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