Council Meeting 1/14/2013

COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS                                                                                                              January 14, 2013

The City Council of La Porte City, Iowa met in regular session on January 14, 2013.  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 was Jen Sparks.

Moved by Norris, seconded by Ortiz approve the AGENDA. Motion carried 5-0.

Moved by Craft, seconded by Butler to approve the CONSENT AGENDA including the December 17th Minutes, and  Disbursements totaling $84,991.11. Motion carried 5-0.

The POLICE REPORT was tabled until the January 28th meeting.

Moved by Johnson, seconded by Norris to approve the BUILDING AND ZONING REPORT. Motion carried 5-0.

The Council reported on volunteers for the DOWNTOWN REVITALIZATION COMMITTEE.  The City Clerk will send the list of volunteers to MSA Engineers for scheduling.

Mayor Lubben announced that the date and time had arrived for the PUBLIC HEARING ON THE SALE OF CITY OWNED PROPERTY. Moved by Butler seconded by Ortiz to open the public hearing.  Motion carried 5-0. Moved by Ortiz, seconded by Norris to receive and place on file proof of publication.  Motion carried 5-0. The Mayor asked for public comments, there were none.  The Mayor asked for written comments, none were received. Moved by Craft, seconded by Butler to close the public hearing. Motion carried 5-0.

Moved by Norris, seconded by Ortiz to approve a “RESOLUTION APPROVING THE SALE OF CITY OWNED REAL ESTATE”. The resolution approves the sale of city-owned real estate described as “LOTS No. 13 and 14, SWEET FIRST ADDITION, City of La Porte City” to Linda L and Mary Ann Lewis for $34,000. Roll call vote passed 5-0 and Mayor Lubben declared Resolution 13-01 adopted.

Mayor Lubben announced that the date and time had arrived for the PUBLIC HEARING ON THE SALE OF CITY OWNED PROPERTY. Moved by Butler, seconded by Ortiz to open the public hearing.  Motion carried 5-0. Moved by Norris, seconded by Ortiz to receive and place on file proof of publication.  Motion carried 5-0. The Mayor asked for public comments, there were none.  The Mayor asked for written comments, none were received. Moved by Johnson, seconded by Craft to close the public hearing. Motion carried 5-0.

Moved by Ortiz, seconded by Norris to approve a “RESOLUTION APPROVING THE SALE OF CITY OWNED REAL ESTATE”. The resolution approves the sale of city-owned real estate described as “LOTS No. 21 and 22, SWEET FIRST ADDITION, City of La Porte City” to LG Companies, LLC for $34,000. Roll call vote passed 5-0 and Mayor Lubben declared Resolution 13-01 adopted.

Moved by Norris, seconded by Ortiz to approve renewal of the LISTING AGREEMENT FOR SWEET FIRST ADDITION,  Lots 1 – 5, 7, 9 – 14, 17,19 – 21 – 22, 24 – 28 and 30 with Sulentic-Fischels Commercial Group.  The agreement will commence January 1, 2013 and run through December 31, 2013. Commission fee is 10%.  Motion carried 5-0.

Moved by Johnson, seconded by Norris to approve the Mayor’s appointment of Mike Strubel to the LA PORTE CITY AG & HISTORICAL MUSEUM BOARD OF DIRECTORS.  Motion carried 5-0.  Strubel’s term will begin immediately and run through October 31, 2017.

Moved by Johnson, seconded by Butler to approve the appointment of Kylee Harting to the LA PORTE CITY PLANNING & ZONING COMMISSION.  Motion carried 5-0.  Harting’s term will begin immediately and run through December 31, 2017.

Moved by to approve use of the Community Center for rental by Katherine Ollendieck on March 15th from 10PM – 12:30AM. Motion carried 5-0.

Moved by Johnson, seconded by Norris to approve the PURCHASE OF NEW SERVER FOR CITY HALL. Estimated cost of the new server, software and installation labor, not to exceed $8,500.  Motion carried 5-0.

Moved by Ortiz, seconded Craft by to purchase 50 hours of computer support from Networking Solutions at a rate of $90/hr.  25 of the hours will be used for the installation of the new server, and the remaining 25 will be used in the next fiscal year for regular support.  The City will save approximately $500 by purchasing the hours in a 50 hour block. Motion carried 5-0.

Moved by Norris, seconded by Ortiz to hire Shane Clark as FIRE CHIEF.  Clark’s salary will be $1,800/year and his term will begin January 1, 2013 and run through December 31, 2014. Motion carried 5-0.

Moved by Johnson, seconded by Norris to approve UPGRADES FOR COMMUNITY CENTER BATHROOMS.  The La Porte City Council on Aging has agreed to pay for the cost to install new toilets in the men’s and women’s bathrooms.  The City will pay the cost to install new sinks and grab bars. Total project cost is estimated at approximately $1,800.00.  Motion carried 5-0.

Moved by Norris, seconded by Ortiz to adjourn at 7:37PM. Motion carried 5-0.

Jane Whittlesey, City Clerk                                                               Rick Lubben, Mayor

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