Highlights from the La Porte City City Council Meeting:

The City Council of La Porte City, Iowa met in regular session on January 27, 2014.  Mayor David Neil called the meeting to order with Council Members Eric Allsup, Todd Butler, Sarah Craft and Brent Sadler present. Absent was City Council member Mike Johnson.

FAMILY AQUATIC CENTER STAFFING: City Attorney Corey Lorenzen informed the Council that City staff would begin advertising for seasonal pool employment, including management positions.  He recommended that City Council members from the Parks & Recreation Committee participate in the interview process for the management positions at the Aquatic Center.

FY 2015 BUDGET HEARING: The Council set the date for the public hearing to approve the Fiscal 2015 budget for February 24, 2014.

NEW AMBULANCE: The Council approved payment for the new ambulance in the amount of $129,516.00.  The new ambulance will be delivered on January 28, 2014.  Funds for the purchase will come from the City’s equipment reserve fund.  The fund was created to allow City departments to set aside money each year for future vehicle and equipment purchases.

GOAL SETTING SESSIONS AUTHORIZED: The Council reviewed and approved a proposal from Callahan Municipal Consultants for the facilitation of goal setting for the Council and City staff.  The process includes survey, meeting prep, facilitation and final reporting at a cost of $1,100.00.

WATERLOO FIRE/RESCUE AGREEMENT: A new agreement with Waterloo Fire Rescue service was approved.  The agreement increases the charge for mutual aid from the City of Waterloo from $150 to $300 per call.

HOUSING ASSISTANCE: The Council discussed a possible use for the City’s Low to Moderate Income Funds.  Currently, the City has a fund of approximately $100,000 that must be used to provide housing assistance to low to moderate income families in the community.  The Council discussed using Operation Threshold to facilitate the use of those funds. The City Clerk and City Attorney will begin work on a possible agreement that will define how Operation Threshold can assist the City to maximize the benefit of those funds.

Minutes of the January 27, 2014 City Council meeting can be found on page 7 of the February 5, 2014 Print Edition of The Progress Review and online under the “Government” tab at www.lpcia.com.