Council Meeting 2/11/2013

COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS                                                                                                                           February 11, 2013

The City Council of La Porte City, Iowa met in regular session on February 11, 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 were Jen Sparks and Nick Wagner.

Moved by Craft, seconded by Johnson to approve the AGENDA. Motion carried 5-0.

Moved by Butler, seconded by Norris to approve the CONSENT AGENDA including the January 28th and February 4th Minutes, Disbursements totaling $69,630.05, and Liquor Permit for the Getaway Bar & Grill. Motion carried 5-0.

Moved by Norris, seconded by Ortiz to approve the POLICE REPORT. Motion carried 5-0.

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

Moved by Norris, seconded by Ortiz to approve the ENGINNERING CONTRACT FOR 2013 STREET REHAB PROJECTS.  The contract is for an estimated fee of $98,550 (based on an hourly rate) and includes topographical survey, design, bidding and construction observation services for projects that tentatively include Benton St., Bishop Ave., Maple St., Second St., First St., Adams St., and the Community Center Parking Lot.  The exact scope of repair will be dependent upon the bids for construction and available City funds.  Motion carried 5-0.

The City solicited bids from two vendors for BOILER REPLACEMENT at the La Porte City Aquatic Center.  Bids were received from Acco in the amount of $9,014.30 and Pool Tech in the amount of $9,295.00.  The new boiler replaces the old boiler salvaged from the old swimming pool and installed in the La Porte City Aquatic Center as a cost saving measure during the new construction.  Moved by Johnson, seconded by Butler to approve the bid from Acco in the amount of $9,014.30. Motion carried 5-0.

Moved by Craft, seconded by Johnson to approve the PURCHASE OF STREET LIGHTS from Van Meter.  A total of thirteen fixtures will be purchased, along with four light poles for $22,777.46. Four fixtures and poles will be used on the Highway 218 Bridge and seven fixtures used at City Park.  The remaining two fixtures will be stored for replacement. Motion carried 5-0.

The Council discussed the possible purchase of tablet computers for Council use.  Using the tablets would save on paper, copier costs and staff time in assembling packets before each meeting.  In addition, reference materials, such as the City Code, budgetary information and union contracts could be stored on the devices for reference in preparation for and during Council meetings. The City Clerk will gather prices and information for the next Council meeting.

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

Jane Whittlesey, City Clerk                                                               Rick Lubben, Mayor

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