Council Minutes 6/23/2014


The City Council of La Porte City, Iowa met in regular session on June 23, 2014.  Mayor David Neil called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM with Council Members Sarah Craft, Mike Johnson and Brent Sadler present. Absent were Council Members Eric Allsup and Todd Butler. Also present were Shawn O’Shea, and Barb Grant. Unless otherwise noted, all actions were passed by affirmative and unanimous vote of the council members present.

Moved by Craft, seconded by Johnson to approve the AGENDA. Moved by Johnson, seconded by Sadler to approve the CONSENT AGENDA including the following: Minutes of June 9, 2014, Disbursements totaling $83,964.62, which included a change in the payment to the City of Hudson from $125 to $90, and Clerk’s Report for May, 2014. Motion carried 3-0 with Craft abstaining from payments to Dutton, Braun, Staack & Hellman.

Shawn O’Shea with MSA Professional Services reviewed the City’s grant application for Façade Improvement.  After discussions with Iowa Economic Development, O’Shea suggested that the City work to review the cost estimates to make them more accurate.  He recommended that the City and/or MSA meeting with participating property owners to specify which improvements the property owners want to see.

O’Shea reviewed the results of the Main Street Rehabilitation Survey at Festival of Trails.  Of the 49 votes received, 40 preferred Option 1 with recycled brick in the drive lanes and concrete in the parking areas, 5 preferred option 2 with a small brick strip down the middle of the street with the remaining portion concrete and 4 preferring Option 3, concrete in the full width of the street.  The Council will hold a work session at a future meeting to determine the next step in the project. Mayor Neil thanked MSA for their efforts and also The Progress Review for their coverage of the project.

Moved by Craft, seconded by Sadler to table the third reading of an “ORDINANCE PROHIBITING THE USE OF ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES IN PUBLIC BUILDINGS.

Moved by Craft seconded by Sadler to approve the third reading of an “ORDINANCE 483 AMENDING CHAPTER 1 OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES – GENERAL PENALTIES” The ordinance sets specific penalties for violations of the City’s Code of Ordinances regarding nuisance abatement.  Penalties for violation of the junk and junk vehicle ordinance are $100 per occurrence and penalty for violating the dangerous buildings ordinance is $250.00 per occurrence. The ordinance will be effective upon publication.

Moved by Johnson, seconded by Craft to approve the final draft of the AGREEMENT WITH OPERATION THRESHOLD.  The agreement allows Operation Threshold to utilize the City’s Low-to-Moderate Income fund to assist eligible residents with repairs and financial assistance.  The agreement will become effective July1, 2014.

Moved by Craft, seconded by Johnson to APPROVE REAP GRANT APPLICATION (Signature Page).  The City’s REAP Grant Application, which, if funded would pay for improvements along Wolf Creek, is due August 15, 2014, but must first be presented to the Black Hawk County REAP Board for review.

Moved by Craft, seconded by Sadler to approve the Mayor’s APPOINTMENT OF LAURIE RIFE TO THE HAWKINS LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES.  Rife’s term will begin on July 1, 2014 and run for six years. Moved by Craft, seconded by Johnson to APPOINT ALISHA EVANS TO THE PARKS & RECREATION COMMISSION.  Evans’ term will begin on July 1, 2014 and run for four years. Moved by Johnson, seconded by Craft to approve the QUOTE FOR ENGINEERING SERVICES from GPS, Inc for 2014 Street Rehab projects.  The quote, in an amount not to exceed $22,300.00 is for engineering services for the rehabilitation of 3rd Street, a Sycamore Street between 4th Street and Main, and a portion of West Main Street between Commercial and Barberry.

Moved by Craft, seconded by Sadler to approve RESOLUTION #14-37 TO TRANSFER FUNDS FROM EQUIPMENT REPLACEMENT TO GENERAL FUND. The resolution approves the transfer of $1,840.00 from the Equipment Reserve Fund to the General Fund for landscaping around the Park Shelter.

Moved by Craft, seconded by Sadler to adopt RESOLUTION #14-38 APPROVING CIGARETTE PERMITS FOR FY2015.  The resolution approves the issuance of permits for Pronto Market, Casey’s General Store and Gary’s Thriftway.

Moved by Craft, seconded Johnson to approve RESOLUTION #14-39 CHANGING THE LOCATION OF THE AUGUST 25th CITY COUNCIL MEETING. The resolution approves the change in location for the August 25th City Council meeting to Hawkins Library.

Moved by Johnson, seconded by Craft to approve RESOLUTION #14-40 APPROVING THE SALARY FOR MUSEUM ASSOCIATE.  The resolution sets the salary of museum associate Cynthia Stevens at $8.50/hr.

Moved by Johnson, seconded by Craft to approve RESOLUTION 14-41 CLOSING CITY STREET FOR BENEFIT EVENT.  The resolution approves the closure of the 200 Block of Main Street on Saturday, July 12th, 2014 from 4:00PM to 8:30PM to facilitate parking for the 2nd Annual Memorial Ride hosted by PnB’s Brew Pub to benefit Cedar Valley Crimestoppers and Angels Memorial Park.

Mayor Neil thanked the Lions Club and everyone involved for making the 2014 Festival of Trails a success.

Moved by Craft, seconded by Johnson to adjourn at 8:01PM.

Jane Whittlesey, City Clerk                                                               David Neil, Mayor

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