The City Council of La Porte City, Iowa met in regular session on November 23, 2015. Mayor David Neil called the meeting to order at 7 PM with Council Members Eric Allsup, Todd Butler, Sarah Craft, Mike Johnson and Brent Sadler present. Also present were Maggie Burger, Kristi Harrill, David Williams, Randy Carlholm, Julie Grote and Dana Wigg.
Maggie Burger with Speer Financial presented the City’s Debt Service and TIF Report. The report outlines the City’s debt obligations and TIF funding requirements. Following the presentation, the Council approved the reports, which certify $154,800 in Tax Increment Financing requests for FY17.
Next, the Council adopted Resolution 15-83 approving the sale of lots 7-14 of Block 27, Railroad Addition, which includes the City’s public works buildings, and the vacated portion of Exchange Street immediately northeast of Lots 7-14 to East Central Iowa Cooperative for $150,000. The City will retain usage of the buildings free of charge until September 30, 2016.
The Council formally received and placed on file the Planning & Zoning Commission’s recommendation on a request for annexation. The Planning & Zoning Commission recommended that the City proceed with the annexation of approximately .5 acres of land immediately adjacent to the northwest corner of the City limits. A public hearing on the matter will take place on December 14, 2015.
Action was taken to receive and place on file the Planning & Zoning Commission’s recommendation that the City proceed with rezoning of approximately .5 acres of land immediately adjacent to the northwest corner of the City limits from “A-1” Agricultural District to “C-2” Commercial District. The request for rezone was made to allow for the development of a Dollar General Store on the property. A public hearing to consider the rezoning will take place on December 14, 2015.
A third public hearing on December 14 will consider the Planning & Zoning Commission’s recommendation that the City proceed with rezoning property located at 800 Commercial Street from “C-2” Commercial District to “M-1” Light Industrial/Manufacturing District. The request for rezone was made to allow for the construction of a public works facility on the property.
The Council also acknowledged receipt of the notice to terminate the 28E agreement with the City of Waterloo for inspection services.
Amanda Stocks was hired as the City’s new Deputy Clerk at a salary of $13.50/hr.
In other business, the Council approved the Mayor’s appoint of Eric Coulter to serve on both the Museum and Historic Preservation Boards.