December 23, 2013
The City Council of La Porte City, Iowa met in regular session on December 23, 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 Corey Lorenzen, David Neil, Brent Sadler and Eric Allsup.
Moved by Craft, seconded by Norris to approve the AGENDA. Motion carried 5-0.
Moved by Craft, seconded by Ortiz to approve the CONSENT AGENDA including the December 9, 2013 Minutes, disbursements totaling $55,707.09, and Clerk’s Report for November, 2013, and Public Works Report for November, 2013. Motion carried 5-0.
City Attorney Lorenzen thanked Council members Norris and Ortiz and Mayor Lubben for their service to the City. He also updated the Council on the Koopman case. The City’s motion for summary judgment was denied and a trial date has been set for March 25, 2014.
Moved by Norris, seconded by Butler to approve the second reading of “AN ORDINANCE AMENDENDING THE ZONING CLASSIFCATION OF CERTAIN LAND FROM R-1 “LOW DENSITY RESIDENTIAL DISTRICT” TO A-1 “SUBURBAN AGRICULTURAL DISTRICT”. The ordinance would approve the rezoning of Black Hawk County Parcels 8712-26-476-005 and 8712-26-476-004 R1 (Residential) to A1 (Agricultural). Roll call vote passed 5-0 and Mayor Lubben declared the second reading passed. Moved by Craft, seconded by Norris to suspend the rules requiring three readings and move to final passage. Roll call vote passed 5-0 and Mayor Lubben declared Ordinance 479 adopted and effective upon publication
Moved by Butler, seconded by Ortiz to RESCHEDULE DATE AND TIME FOR PUBLIC HEARING TO UPDATE DEVELOPMENT ORDINANCE. The public hearing will take place on February 10, 2014 at 7:00PM. Motion carried 5-0.
Moved by Norris, seconded by Craft to approve “A RESOLUTION TO REPAY INTERFUND LOAN FROM EQUIPMENT RESERVE TO DEBT SERVICE”. The resolution approves the transfer of $40,000 from the Debt Service Fund to the Non Departmental Account in the Equipment Reserve Fund. The inter fund loan was made to cover a shortage in the Debt Service Fund for FY13. Roll call vote carried 5-0 and Mayor Lubben declared Resolution 13-98 adopted.
Moved by Butler, seconded by Craft to approve “A RESOLUTION DESIGNATING AUTHORIZED SIGNERS FOR CITY BANK ACCOUNTS”. The resolution designates David Neil, Sarah Craft and Jane Whittlesey authorized signers for the City’s bank accounts effective January 1, 2014. Roll call vote carried 5-0 and Mayor Lubben declared Resolution 13-99 adopted.
Mayor Lubben expressed his appreciation for City Staff, Council, and the voters for the opportunity serve the City. Council Members Norris and Ortiz echoed the Mayor’s thanks and added that serving has been a learning experience and an adventure. City staff and City Council presented Mayor Lubben and Council members Norris and Ortiz with plaques in recognition and appreciation for their service to the City.
Moved by Norris, seconded by Ortiz to adjourn at 7:14PM. Motion carried 5-0.
Jane Whittlesey, City Clerk
Rick Lubben, Mayor