December 17, 2012
The City Council of La Porte City, Iowa met in regular session on December 17, 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 was City Attorney Corey Lorenzen.
Moved by Butler, seconded by Craft to approve the AGENDA. Motion carried 5-0.
Moved by Norris, seconded by Ortiz to approve the CONSENT AGENDA including the December 10th Minutes, November 2012 Receipts, Disbursements totaling $52,974.35 and liquor License for Two Friends Tap (pending completion and receipt of proper paperwork and proof of insurance). Motion carried 5-0 with Craft abstaining from payments to Dutton, Braun, Staack & Hellman.
City Attorney Lorenzen reported that the meeting of creditors for the Koopman bankruptcy has been rescheduled for January 14th, 2013. Lorenzen will attend that meeting.
Moved by Butler, seconded by Johnson to approve the PUBLIC WORKS REPORT. Motion carried 5-0.
Moved by Norris, seconded by Ortiz to approve the CLERK’S REPORT. Motion carried 5-0.
Moved by Craft, seconded by Johnson to approve a “RESOLUTION SETTING TIME AND DATE FOR PUBLIC HEARING ON THE SALE OF CITY OWNED PROPERTY.” The resolution schedules the date for the public hearing on the sale of Sweet Addition Lots 21 and 22 for a total price of $34,000.00. Roll call vote passed 5-0 and Mayor Lubben declared Resolution 12-86 adopted. The public hearing will take place on January 14, 2013 at 7:00PM.
Moved by Johnson, seconded by Norris to approve a “RESOLUTION DELEGATING THE AURHTORITY TO CERTIFY UNPAID FEES.” The resolution authorizes the City Clerk to certify unpaid sewer and sanitation charges to the Black Hawk County Treasurer and to report those charges to the City Council. Roll call vote passed 5-0 and Mayor Lubben declared Resolution 12-87 adopted. The Resolution makes it unnecessary for the Council to pass a separate Resolution certifying such fees each time such situations arise.
Moved by Norris, seconded by Johnson to approve the second reading of “AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 106, SECTION 08 – SOLID WASTE AND RECYCLING COLLECTION FEES.” The ordinance sets the cost of dumpster rental for residents at $50.00/week. Roll call vote passed 5-0 and Mayor Lubben declared the second reading passed. Moved by Butler, seconded by Craft to suspend the rules requiring three readings and move to the third reading. Roll call vote passed 5-0 and Mayor Lubben declared Ordinance 472 adopted and effective January 1, 2013, following publication.
Moved by Norris, seconded by Ortiz to approve a “RESOLUTION SETTING SALARY FOR PATROL OFFICER”. The resolution increases the hourly rate for Officer Jordan Ehlers to $15.78/hr for probationary officers who have completed the Academy, as set forth in the union contract. Roll call vote passed 5-0 and Mayor Lubben declared Resolution 12-88 adopted.
Moved by Johnson, seconded by Craft to approve a “RESOLUTION TO TRANSFER FUNDS FROM COMMUNITY CENTER TRUST TO GENERAL FUND.” The resolution approves the transfer of $4,975.00 from the Community Center Trust Fund to the General Fund to pay for new soffits, gutters and downspouts at the Community Center. Roll call vote passed 5-0 and Mayor Lubben declared Resolution 12-89 adopted.
The Council discussed possible candidates for the DOWTOWN REVITALIZATION STEERING COMMITTEE. Committee members must commit to attending four to six meetings to help develop a revitalization plan for the downtown district. The Council and Mayor will solicit members and report back at the January 14th, 2013 meeting.
Moved by Craft, seconded by Ortiz to adjourn at 7:23PM. Motion carried 5-0.
Rick Lubben, Mayor
Jane Whittlesey, City Clerk