The City Council of La Porte City, Iowa met in regular session on November 9, 2015. Mayor David Neil called the meeting to order at 7 PM with Council members Todd Butler, Sarah Craft and Brent Sadler present. Absent were Council members Eric Allsup and Mike Johnson. Also present were Kristi Harrill, David Williams, Randy Carlholm and BJ Ruzika.
The Council approved a proposal from MSA Professional Services for GIS mapping. The proposal is for mapping the City sewer and storm sewer system, as well as staff training and web development atr an estimated cost of $10,430.
East Central Iowa Cooperative (ECIC) has offered to purchase the City’s public works maintenance property located on 4th Street for $150,000. ECIC would allow the City use of its facilities until September 30, 2016. A public hearing on the matter will take place on November 23, 2015.
The Council received and placed on file a request from Marcus and Krystal Schmitz to annex approximately half an acre on the northwest corner of the City limits and rezone the same property from A1 to C2. The Planning and Zoning Commission met on November 16, 2015 to consider the request. Their recommendation to the Council was not available when this edition of The Progress Review went to press.
A new website for the City will be developed and hosted by GovOffice. The new site will allow maintenance and editing to be done by multiple users.
In other business, the Council appointed Jane Whittlesey as the City’s Zoning Administrator. The move follows the Council’s decision last month to restructure job classifications at City Hall, replacing the Building and Zoning Administrator position, which had been allocated 32 hours per week, with a half-time (20 hours per week) Deputy Clerk position.
Jeff McFarland, Mayor Neil’s recommendation for Fire Chief, was approved by the Council, as was the probationary memberships to the La Porte City Fire/Rescue Department of Lucas Meyer, Zoie Krop and Anthony Paulhus.
The Council also reviewed vacancies on City boards and commissions. Following the appointment of Joe Schoenberger to the Board of Adjustment (term expires 7/17/2019) and Theresa Renaud to the Museum Board (term expires 10/31/2020), there are currently vacancies on the Museum Board, Historic Preservation Commission, Parks and Recreation Commission and the Economic Development Board.