Council Minutes 4/28/2014

COUNCIL WORK SESSION                                                                                                                            April 28, 2014

The City Council of La Porte City held a work session at 6:00PM on April 28, 2014. While no action was taken, the following items were discussed:

Main Street Design – Jacob Huck with MSA Professional Services provided drawings of possible Main Street rehab designs.  Council members made suggestions on the designs. Huck will update the designs and provide cost estimates at a future meeting.

The Council reviewed a sample Nuisance Abatement procedure and letter.  The City Clerk will prepare a draft policy for Council consideration at the May 12, 2014 meeting.

The Council reviewed information and sample ordinances allowing the operation of golf carts on City streets.  The City Clerk will prepare a draft ordinance for Council consideration at the May 12th meeting.


COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS                                                                                                                          April 28, 2014

The City Council of La Porte City, Iowa met in regular session on April 28, 2014.  Mayor David Neil called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM with Council Members Eric Allsup, Todd Butler, Sarah Craft, Mike Johnson and Brent Sadler present. Also present were Corey Lorenzen, Stuart Grote, Tiffany Grote, Kathy Strubel, Mike Strubel, Alisha Evans and Julie Grote.

Unless otherwise noted, all actions were passed by affirmative and unanimous vote of the council members present.

Moved by Bulter, seconded by Craft to approve the AGENDA, striking item 9d “RESOLUTION SETTING SALARY FOR RESERVE POLICE OFFICER.

Mike Strubel asked about the Council work session on a possible golf cart ordinance and whether residents of Anton Addition would be allowed to drive golf carts from Anton Addition to other areas of the City.  City Attorney Lorenzen explained that State law prohibits the operation of golf carts on a street or which serves as a primary road extension through the City.  As such, golf carts would be prohibited from operating on Highway 218 (Commercial Street).

Moved by Craft, seconded by Allsup to approve the CONSENT AGENDA including the following:

Minutes of April 14, 2014, Disbursements totaling $44,703.19, approval of payment to Dutton, Braun, Staack & Hellman (previously approved at April 14, 2014 meeting), Public Works Report for March, 2014, Bike Month Proclamation for May, 2014 and Approval of Beer and Liquor Permits for Thriftway.


City Attorney Lorenzen updated the Council on the issue of an ongoing ban from the La Porte City Aquatic Center. In the past, the position of the City Council is to support the decision of the Aquatic Center Manager, however, the Grotes have requested that the City Council reconsider the decision.  The Aquatic Center Manager has indicated that he believes that the Council should make the decision and he will abide by that decision.


Moved by Johnson, seconded by Allsup to approve SETTLEMENT OFFER FROM KRIS KOOPMAN.  As a part of the settlement in the City’s claim in Koopman’s bankruptcy case, Mr. Koopman will pay the City $6,000 within six months from the date of the settlement agreement. If Koopman fails to pay, the City will execute a judgment in the amount of $20,000 and commence with collections.

The Council reviewed the PROPOSED BUDGET AMENDMENT FOR FY2014. The public hearing on the budget amendment will take place on May 27, 2014.

Moved by Butler, seconded by Johnson to table AGREEMENT WITH OPERATION THRESHOLD.  The City Clerk will clarify some of the language in the agreement and the Council will consider it at the May 12, 2014 Council meeting.

Moved by Johnson , seconded by Allsup to approve “RESOLUTION APPROVING CONSUMPTION OF ALCOHOL AT MUSEUM”  The resolution allows attendees at a private exhibit to bring in and consume wine.  The event will take place on May 22, 2014.

Moved by Craft, seconded by Sadler to approve PROPOSAL FOR ARCHIVING SOFTWARE.  The proposal would provide software, support and scanner to enable City staff to begin to digitize permanent City records.  Total cost is $5,018.00, which includes $2,865.00 for software, $573 for annual licensing, $480 for installation and setup and $1,100 for a refurbished scanner.

Moved by Craft, seconded by Sadler to adjourn at 8:14PM.

Jane Whittlesey, City Clerk

David Neil, Mayor

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