Mayor Neil called the meeting to order at 7 PM. Members present were Sarah Craft, Mike Johnson, Eric Allsup, Brent Sadler and Todd Butler. Guests present included Summer Wade and Eric Spellerberg of Black Hills Energy, Jim and Dianne Meyer.
Council member Johnson advised the group that he would like to rescind his proposal to ban flat steel roofs for residential applications, noting that the valuations for residences with asphalt shingles and flat steel roofs are comparable.
Building & Zoning Administrator, Jen Sparks, updated the Council regarding properties located at 109 W. Main Street, 410 7th Street and 204 Maple Street. Each has abatement issues related to dilapidated structures that must be taken down. Applications are being sought for two Parks and Recreation Commission members and one Board of Adjustment member.
Discussion was held regarding a request before the Council for the reimbursement of residential sewer repair expenses. Mayor Neil and the Public Works Department were in agreement that problems caused by a street reconstruction project were the City’s responsibility to correct. Following the discussion, the Council unanimously approved payment to Jim Meyer in the amount of $3,400.52 for contractor fees and excavation and plumbing permits.
An ordinance approving the use of golf carts on certain city streets was approved by the Council on a 4-1 vote, with Todd Butler casting the lone vote in opposition.
A second reading of an ordinance prohibiting the use of electronic cigarettes in any public building within city limits was passed on a 4-1 vote, with Mike Johnson casting the dissenting vote.
Black Hills Energy proposed the placement of an EMI Pole at the north end of Case Road. The pole will be 30 feet tall, similar to a street lamp, and will be used for electronically collecting and transmitting meter readings. Spellerberg stated that existing meters already contain a device that will transmit information to the new pole. The Council unanimously approved the measure.
On a 5-0 vote, the Council approved a request from La Porte City Fire/Rescue to conduct a controlled burn training fire on a privately owned agricultural building on Eagle Road.
An amended resolution setting salaries for the City’s seasonal recreation employees was passed on a 5-0 vote. In addition to properly increasing the regular wage for lifeguards, the “second season and beyond” wage was removed.
The Council unanimously adopted a resolution that requires employees who operate vehicles for the City to report any restricted, suspended or revoked driving privileges.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:27 PM.