November 26, 2012
The City Council of La Porte City, Iowa met in regular session on November 26, 2012. Mayor Rick Lubben called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM with Council Members Todd Butler, Sarah Craft, Mike Johnson, Kathy Norris and Kim Ortiz present. Also present Police Chief Larry Feaker, Assistant Public Works Director Rob Williams, City Attorney Corey Lorenzen, Krystal Schmitz, Shelly Hopkins and Jake Huck.
Moved by Norris, seconded by Ortiz to approve the AGENDA. Motion carried 5-0.
Moved by Norris, seconded by Ortiz to approve the CONSENT AGENDA including the November 12th, 2012 Minutes, October 2012 Receipts and Disbursements totaling $61,595.83. Motion carried 5-0 with Craft abstaining from payments to Dutton, Braun, Staack and Hellman.
City Attorney Lorenzen reported that the meeting of creditors in the Koopman bankruptcy case was postponed as Mr. Koopman’s attorney was ill. The meeting will be rescheduled.
Assistant Public Works Director Rob Williams presented the monthly department report. He also advised that the department was preparing the plows for winter. In addition, Williams informed the Council that bids are being sought for a new pump at the sewage treatment plant. Estimated costs are around $20,000.00. Moved by Craft, seconded by Johnson to approve the PUBLIC WORKS REPORT. Motion carried 5-0.
The council discussed whether or not residents should be allowed to have dumpsters in residential areas on a permanent basis. If allowed, residents could be billed on their monthly utility bill. The legislative committee will develop a policy for rentals and delinquent accounts and report back at the next Council meeting.
Moved by Norris, seconded by Ortiz to approve the CLERK’S REPORT. Motion carried 5-0.
Moved by Norris, seconded by Ortiz to RECEIVE AND PLACE ON FILE THE AUDIT REPORT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2012. Motion carried 5-0.
Moved by Ortiz, seconded by Craft to approve a “RESOLUTION RESCHEDULING 2ND COUNCIL MEETING IN DECEMBER, 2012”. The second scheduled Council meeting in December falls on Christmas Eve. The meeting will be rescheduled for December 17th, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. Roll call vote passed 5-0 and Mayor Lubben declared Resolution 12-81 adopted.
Moved by Craft, seconded by Norris to approve “A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE CLOSING OF CEDAR VALLEY BANK SWEEPT SAVINGS ACCOUNT.” The account will be closed because the City has moved its banking services to Farmers State Bank. Roll call vote carried 5-0 and Mayor Lubben declared Resolution 12-82 adopted.
Mayor Lubben announced that the date and time had arrived for the PUBLIC HEARING ON THE SALE OF CITY OWNED PROPERTY. Moved by Craft, seconded by Butler to open the public hearing. Motion carried 5-0. Moved Norris, seconded by Ortiz to receive and place on file proof of publication. Motion carried 5-0. Mayor Lubben reviewed the offer from Mark and Krystal Schmitz to purchase the 30 x 30 lot located directly to the northwest and adjacent to the property at 407 Chestnut Street for $1.00. The Schmitz’s intend to use the property to build new office space and relocate their business to the community. The Mayor asked for public comments, Shelly Hopkins indicated that she would be interested in making an offer for the property. Attorney Lorenzen indicated that the purpose of the public hearing was to consider the offer that was on the table, and the Council could either accept the offer or reject it. If the Council were to reject the offer, they could then choose to accept bids for the property. Hopkins indicated that she intended to use the property as a parking area for her antique shop. Council member Craft indicated that she was in favor of accepting the offer from the Schmitz’. Council member Norris agreed. The remaining members of the Council indicated they had no objections to the sale to Schmitz’s. Moved by Norris, seconded by Ortiz to close the public hearing. Motion carried 5-0. The clerk will prepare a resolution for the sale for the December 10, 2012 Council meeting.
Jake Huck of MSA Engineering reviewed the draft scope for a STREET REHABILITATION/DOWNTOWN REVITALIZATION PROJECT PLAN. He indicated that they felt that there was great potential in the business district. The scope would include meetings with stakeholders to get input on the direction that the project would take. After public input, MSA would develop a concept and action plan for the business district, including streets, sidewalks and business frontage. Council member Craft indicated that the cost to develop the plan was a consideration, she felt that a comprehensive review of the area was needed to get a good plan in place. Norris agreed that attracting new business was important and that this type of project could help with that effort. Estimated cost for plan development is $17,500. Moved by Johnson, seconded by Ortiz to approve the Street Rehabilitation/Downtown Revitalization Project Plan.
Moved by Norris, seconded by Ortiz to approve the ANNUAL FINANCIAL REPORT FOR FY 2012. Motion carried 5-0.
Mayor Lubben indicated the Chief Feaker did not yet have a candidate for the PATROL OFFICER POSITION, and requested that the Council give him permission to offer the position to a prospective candidate prior to the next Council meeting should the opportunity arise. Mayor Lubben noted that the new officer’s pay will be set by the terms of the union contract. Moved by Norris, seconded by Ortiz to give Chief Feaker the discretion to offer the position to a qualified candidate and report back to the Council at the next meeting. Motion carried 5-0.
December 24th falls on a Monday in 2012 and is usually a half-day holiday for non-bargaining unit employees. Council Member Johnson requested that the Council make this a full holiday for the current year. Moved by Ortiz, seconded Craft to approve December 24th, 2012 as a full-day holiday for full-time non-bargaining unit employees eligible for holiday pay, with the exception of the Library Director. Motion carried 5-0.
Moved by Craft, seconded by Butler to APPROVE FLEXIBLE SPENDING AND PARTIAL SELF-FUNDING PLAN RENEWAL. The plan allows for a flexible spending plan for City employees and facilitates the partial self-funding of the City’s health insurance for employees. Motion carried 5-0.
Moved by Butler, seconded by Craft to adjourn at 7:46 PM. Motion carried 5-0.
Jane Whittlesey, City Clerk
Rick Lubben, Mayor