Council Meeting 2/25/2013

COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS                                                                                                              February 25, 2013

The City Council of La Porte City, Iowa met in regular session on February 25, 2013.  Mayor Rick Lubben called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM with Council Members Todd Butler, Mike Johnson and Kim Ortiz present. Absent were Council Members Sarah Craft and Kathy Norris. Also present was Asst. Public Works Director Rob Williams.

Moved by Johnson, seconded by Butler to approve the AGENDA. Motion carried 3-0.

Moved by Butler, Ortiz to approve the CONSENT AGENDA including the February 11th Minutes, January 2013 Receipts, Hawkins Memorial Library Board of Trustee Minutes of January 23, 2013 and Disbursements totaling $55,694.89. Motion carried 3-0.

Move by Ortiz, seconded by Johnson to approve the PUBLIC WORKS REPORT. Motion carried 3-0.

Moved by Johnson, seconded by Ortiz to approve the CLERK’S REPORT. Motion carried 3-0.

The Council reviewed costs and recommendations on TABLETS FOR COUNCIL USE.  Mayor Lubben also demonstrated how the electronic packets would work and look on a tablet.  Recommendation from the City’s technical support provider was for the IPad 2, with an estimated cost of around $400.00 each. Moved by Johnson, seconded by Ortiz to purchase five (5) IPad 2 with cases for Council use. Motion carried 3-0.

Moved by Ortiz, seconded by Butler to RECEIVE AND PLACE ON FILE THE RESIGNATION OF OFFICER EVAN FREESE.  Freese’s resignation is effective immediately.  Motion carried 3-0.

Moved by Johnson, seconded by Ortiz to approve a “RESOLUTION APPROVING SEASONAL SALARIES”. Roll call vote passed 3-0 and Mayor Lubben declared Resolution 13-06 adopted.

Moved by Butler, seconded by Johnson to approve a “RESOLUTION APPROVING UNION SALARIES FOR FY 2014”. The salaries were set in accordance with the Teamsters Local 238 contract and will go into effect July 1, 2013. Roll call vote passed 3-0 and Mayor Lubben declared Resolution 13-07 adopted.

Moved by Johnson, seconded by Ortiz to approve a “RESOLUTION APPROVING NON-UNION SALARIES FOR FY 2014”. The salaries will go into effect July 1, 2013. Roll call vote passed 3-0 and Mayor Lubben declared Resolution 13-08 adopted.

Moved by Ortiz, seconded by Butler to approve a “RESOLUTION SETTING SUMMER FEES”. The fees will be in effect for the 2013 summer season. Roll call vote passed 3-0 and Mayor Lubben declared Resolution 13-09 adopted.

Mayor Lubben announced that the date and time had arrived for the PUBLIC HEARING ON THE FISCAL YEAR 2014 BUDGET. Moved by Butler, seconded by Ortiz to open the public hearing.  Motion carried 3-0. Moved by Butler, seconded by Ortiz to receive and place on file proof of publication.  Motion carried 3-0. The Mayor asked written comments, none were received.  The Mayor then asked for oral comments, and none were received. Moved by Johnson, seconded by Ortiz to close the public hearing. Motion carried 3-0.

Moved by Bulter, seconded by Johnson to approve a “RESOLUTION ADOPTING THE FISCAL YEAR 2014 BUDGET”. Roll call vote passed 3-0 and Mayor Lubben declared Resolution 13-10 adopted.

Moved by Butler, seconded by Ortiz to approve a “RESOLUTION AMENDING SALARY RESOLUTION #11-75 SETTING SALARIES FOR THE EMPLOYEES OF THE CITY OF LA PORTE CITY”. The resolution increases the salary of seasonal public works employee Matt Zeien to $14.28/hr in accordance with the Teamsters Local 238 contract. The resolution will be retro-actively effective January 1, 2013. Roll call vote passed 3-0 and Mayor Lubben declared Resolution 13-11 adopted.

Moved by Ortiz, seconded by Butler to approve a “RESOLUTION AMENDING SALARY RESOLUTION #12-50 SETTING SALARIES FOR THE EMPLOYEES OF THE CITY OF LA PORTE CITY”. The resolution increases the salary of Officer Jordan Ehlers $16.54/hr after one year of service in accordance with the Teamsters Local 238 contract. The resolution will be effective April 16, 2013. Roll call vote passed 3-0 and Mayor Lubben declared Resolution 13-12 adopted.

Moved by Johnson, seconded by Butler to approve a “RESOLUTION APPROVING THE RELOCATION OF COMMERCIAL OR INDUSTRIAL ENTERPRISE”. The resolution approves gives the City of La Porte City permission to offer SKS Communications Tax Increment Financing rebates when they construct a new office in La Porte City.  The City of Waterloo also approved the resolution on January 14, 2013. Roll call vote passed 3-0 and Mayor Lubben declared Resolution 13-13 adopted.

Moved by Johnson, seconded by Butler to APPROVE THE CITY’S LIFE, SHORT-TERM and LONG-TERM DISABILITY POLICIES for the plan year that begins May 1, 2013 at the same rate as the previous plan year.  Motion carried 3-0.

Moved by Butler, seconded Ortiz to RECEIVE AND PLACE ON FILE RECOMMENDATION FROM ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION.  The commission recommends that the City enter into Tax Increment Financing Rebate agreement with David Neil for the rehabilitation and establishment of a commercial enterprise at the property located at 201 Main Street. Motion carried 3-0.  The Clerk will advise the City’s bond counsel to begin preparation of the agreements.

The Council reviewed RECOMMENDATIONS FOR IMPROVEMENTS by the City’s insurance carrier with regard to controlling losses and improving safety program efforts. Suggestions included requiring department heads to investigate all accidents in their departments, and review of job descriptions and OSHA programs. City Staff will work to implement the suggestions.

Moved by Butler, seconded by Ortiz to adjourn at 7:47PM. Motion carried 3-0.

Jane Whittlesey, City Clerk                                                               Rick Lubben, Mayor

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