Council Minutes 6/9/2014

CITY COUNCIL                                                                                                                                            June 9, 2014

Mayor Neil called the meeting to order at 7:00PM by calling for roll call.  Members present were Sarah Craft, Mike Johnson, Eric Allsup, Brent Sadler and Todd Butler.  Guests present were Summer Wade and Eric Spellerberg of Black Hills Energy, Jim and Dianne Meyer.

Moved by Craft, seconded by Allsup to approve of the AGENDA.  Motion carried 5-0. Council member Johnson advised the group that he would like to rescind his proposal to ban flat steel roofs for residential applications.  Upon further investigation it has been determined that a valuation for a dwelling with asphalt shingles and valuation for a dwelling with a flat steel roof are comparably affected.

Moved by Craft, to approve of the CONSENT AGENDA.  Seconded by Johnson.  Motion carried 5-0.

For the BUILDING AND ZONING REPORT, Sparks updated the Council regarding certain abatement properties.  Applications are being sought for two replacement Parks & Rec Commission members and one Board of Adjustment member.

Further discussion was held regarding a request for reimbursement of residential sewer repair expenses.  Mayor Neil spoke with Public Works who reported that after viewing the excavation, there was concurrence that the problems were caused by a prior street reconstruction project and that the City should be responsible for the corrections.  Moved by Johnson and seconded by Butler to approve payment to Jim Meyer in the amount of $3,400.52 for excavation permit, plumbing permit and contractor fee’s.  Motion carried 5-0.

Moved by Craft, seconded by Sadler to approve the third and final reading of “AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF LA PORTE CITY, IOWA BY ADDING CHAPTER 76, PERTAINING TO GOLF CARTS”.  Roll Call vote passed 4-1 with Butler opposed.  Mayor Neil declared Ordinance 482 passed and effective upon publication.

Moved by Butler, seconded by Allsup to approve the second reading of “AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF LA PORTE CITY, IOWA, TO ADD SECTION 15, CHAPTER 41, ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES”, which will prohibit use in any public building.  Roll Call vote passed 4-1 with Johnson opposed.  Mayor Neil declared the second reading passed.

Moved by Johnson, seconded by Craft to approve the second reading of “AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF LA PORTE CITY, IOWA, TO ADD SECTION 14, CHAPTER 1, GENERAL PENALTIES”, for violations to Chapter 51 and Chapter 158.  Roll Call vote passed 4-0 and Mayor Neil declared the second reading passed.

Black Hills Energy proposed the placement of an EMI Pole at the north end of Case Road.  The pole will be 30’ tall, similar to a street lamp, and will be used for collecting and transmitting meter readings town wide.  Spellerberg stated that existing meters already contain a device that will transmit to the pole.  Johnson moved to approve the placement of the pole in the public right-of-way, seconded by Allsup.  Motion carried 5-0.

La Porte City Fire/Rescue is requesting permission for a Training Fire.  Training is being offered for a controlled burn of a privately owned agricultural building on Eagle Road.  The required documentation was submitted by the Fire Chief and Johnson moved to approve.  Seconded by Sadler.  Motion carried 5-0.

Moved by Butler, seconded by Johnson to approve “AN AMENDED RESOLUTION SETTING SALARIES FOR SEASONAL RECREATION EMPLOYEES OF THE CITY OF LA PORTE CITY, IOWA”, removing a “second season and beyond” wage and properly increasing the regular wage for Lifeguards.  Roll call vote passed 5-0 and Mayor Neil declared Resolution 14-35 adopted.

Moved by Craft, seconded by Allsup to approve “A RESOLUTION UPDATING THE LA PORTE CITY MOTOR VEHICLE USE POLICY”.  This resolution requires that employees who operate vehicles for the City to report any restricted, suspended or revoked driving privileges.  Roll call vote passed 5-0 and Mayor Neil declared Resolution 14-36 adopted.

Craft commented that Economic Development will be announcing their Business of the Year award this Friday evening at 6:00PM. MSA will have a table set up Friday night and Saturday afternoon during the Festival of Trails celebration to provide the citizens and opportunity to have questions answered on the three proposed main street designs

As there was no further business by the Council, it was moved by Craft, seconded by Butler to ADJOURN at 7:27 PM.

David Neil, Mayor Jennifer Sparks, Building and Zoning Administrator

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