COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS March 27, 2017
Prior to the regular meeting, the City Council met for a work session to discuss the Main Street Rehabilitation Project.
The City Council of La Porte City, Iowa met in regular session on March 27, 2017. Mayor David Neil called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM with Council Members Jasmine Gaston, Kristi Harrill, Mike Johnson and Brent Sadler present. Absent was Council member Eric Allsup.
Unless otherwise noted, all actions passed by affirmative and unanimous vote of the council members present.
Moved by Sadler, seconded by Johnson to amend the agenda to include a presentation from the Historic Preservation Commission on the storyboard for City Hall. Moved by Sadler seconded by Harrill to approve the agenda as amended.
Moved by Sadler seconded by Gaston to approve the CONSENT AGENDA including the following: Minutes of March 13, 2017 and disbursements totaling $176,758.25.
Moved by Johnson, seconded by Sadler to SET DATE AND TIME FOR PUBLIC HEARING ON FY17 BUDGET AMENDMENT. The public hearing will take place on May 22, 2017.
Royce Rottinghaus discussed with the Council his REQUEST TO FORGIVE FIRE BILL. La Porte City Fire Rescue Service responded to a call to Rottinghaus’ property in November, 2016 for a tractor fire, and was billed $1,680.00. Rottinghaus complained that he did not receive an itemized bill for the fire call and did not believe that he should be charged for the fire call because Spring Creek Township for which he is a trustee, pays township fees to the City for fire coverage. Mayor Neil stated that sending an itemized statement was not out of the question. However, regarding the billing, it was his understanding that the City had always intended that fire calls should be billed. Public Safety Director Larry Feaker explained that the fire billing is done from a worksheet turned in by the fire department member and agreed that the itemized statement would be made available to Rottinghaus. Mayor Neil stated that the City had to follow its own policies. Rottinghaus also questioned why he was billed for a fire and why another fire call in Spring Creek Township was not. The Council will investigate the matter.
Moved by Johnson, seconded Sadler to APPROVE CHANGE ORDERS 25 and 26 – DOWNTOWN FAÇADE REHABILITATION PROGRAM. Change order 25 includes an increase of $6,025.00 to remove glass and rebuild knee wall at 314 Main Street, and change order 26 includes an additional $3,979.00 to reroof the bay windows at 316 and 318 Main Street.
Moved by Johnson seconded by Sadler to TABLE RENEWAL OF LIFE, ADD, LTD, STD GROUP INSURANCE POLICY WITH MUTUAL OF OMAHA. The renewal includes a 17% increase in overall premium, and will cost the City approximately $700.00 annually. The Council requested costs for the policy if the City were to drop Long Term Disability coverage.
Moved by Sadler, seconded by Gaston to APPROVE MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING WITH BLACK HAWK COUNTY. Black Hawk County has received a grant for six (6) Lucas 3 Emergency Devices, and the City will be given one (1) of them. The MOU deals with the City’s responsibilities for training to use the device.
Moved by Sadler, seconded by Gaston to ADOPT RESOLUTION 17-19 APPROVING FY18 LA PORTE CITY MUNICIPAL UTILITY BUDGET. The budget provides for $3,533,553 in revenues and $2,664,518 in expenditures for FY18. Roll call vote passed 3-0 with Johnson abstaining due to a conflict of interest.
Moved by Sadler, seconded by Johnson to ADOPT RESOLUTION 17-10 SETTING SALARIES FOR UNION EMPLOYEES FOR FY18. In accordance with the collective bargaining agreement, the resolution establishes wages for the bargaining unit employees in the police and public works departments for FY18. Roll call vote passed 3-0 with Harrill abstaining due to a conflict of interest.
Moved by Johnson, seconded by Sadler to ADOPT RESOLUTION 17-11 SETTING SALARIES FOR NON-UNION EMPLOYEES FOR FY18. The resolution establishes wages for regular, non-union employees for FY18.
Moved by Johnson, seconded by Sadler to ADOPT RESOLUTION 17-12 AMENDING FEE SCHEDULE – AMBULANCE FEES. The new fees are as follows:
BLS $550.00
ALS $650.00
ALS2 $850.00
Mileage $ 12.00
Moved by Harrill seconded by Gaston to ADOPT RESOLUTION 17-13 AMENDING EMPLOYEE HANDBOOK – RECRUITMENT. The resolution amends the procedures the Department supervisors may use to advertise for new positions to align with current City practices.
Moved by Johnson seconded by Gaston to APPROVE PROPERTY, LIABILITY and WORK COMP INSURANCE POLICY RENEWAL. The renewal, which goes into effect April 1, 2017, includes an increase of 6% in the City’s work comp insurance premium and a decrease of 1% in the City’s property and liability insurance.
Jan Erdahl from La Porte City Historic Commission addressed the Council regarding the STORYBOARD FOR CITY HALL. Erdahl explained that the purpose of the storyboard project is to provide a walking historical tour of the downtown area. Erdahl explained that the City Hall storyboard could go many different ways, but the most logical path would be to explain the history of the interurban depot, or possibly a history of City Hall and La Porte City’s government. Johnson commented that he would like to see the storyboard explain the history of the interurban depot. Moved by Sadler, seconded by Gaston to proceed with the project, with Council member Gaston serving as a consultant on the project.
Move by Johnson, seconded by Sadler to adjourn at 8:07 PM.
Jane Whittlesey, City Clerk David Neil, Mayor
City of La Porte City
Claims for 3/27/2017
General Fund
Advanced Syst, Cont 56.10
Advanced Syst, Laserfiche Cont 574.00
AFLAC, Ins 56.40
BHC Treasurer, EDACS Fees 1,146.01
CECHFP, Fuel 30.21
Creative Prod, Barricade Tape 84.69
Data Tech, User Group Mtg 160.00
Davison K, Mileage To Jail 10.30
Dream Steam, Carpet Cleaning 503.85
C Tech, Computer Support 100.00
EFTPS, PR Tax Overpmt (1,790.04)
Farmers State Bank, VISA 2,459.82
Heiman Fire, Glass Removal Tool 538.33
IPERS, Pension 1,563.04
LPC Ins, Policy Renewal 41,570.33
LPC Telephone, Communications 699.86
LPC Utilities, Utilities 2,952.39
LPC Motor Supply, Brake Line 76.58
Monkeytown, Supplies 43.25
Racom Corp, EDACS Access 26.12
Sandry Fire Supply, Patch 57.67
Schumacher Elevator, Qtrly Maint 265.17
US Cellular, Communications 149.13
Wellmark Of Iowa, Health Ins. 10,337.21
Total General 61,670.42
Road Use Tax Fund
CECHFP, Fuel 483.33
Coots Materials, Materials 2,181.82
EFTPS, PR Tax 689.36
Harrison Truck, Switch Pressure 10.54
LPC Motor Supply, Brake Line 265.29
Total Road Use Tax 3,630.34
Employee Benefits Fund
LPC Ins, Policy Renewal 58,310.74
Total Employee Benefits 58,310.74
DTR CDBG Grant Fund
Martin Gardner, Const. Admin 1,841.25
Total DTR CDBG Grant 1,841.25
Sewer Fund
CECHFP, Fuel 90.62
Central Iowa Dist, Teri Wipes 91.90
EFTPS, PR Taxes 400.97
LPC Ins, Policy Renwal 16,245.90
LPC Telephone, Communications 91.97
LPC Utilities, Utilities 3,970.61
LPC Motor Supply, Brake Line 11.02
Test America Inc, 976.50
US Cellular, Communications 37.41
USA Bluebook, Probes 139.94
Van Meter, Fuse (Qty 10) 119.69
Wellmark Of Iowa, Health Ins. 2,282.61
Total Sewer 24,459.14
Ambulance Fund
Bagenstos J, Door Repair 82.00
BHC Treasurer, EDACS Fees 286.51
EFTPS,PR Taxes 106.47
LPC Ins, PR Taxes 7,817.03
LPC Telephone, Communications 121.98
LPC Utilities, Utilities 184.76
Racom Corp, EDACS Access 26.12
Superior Welding, Rent 185.30
US Cellular, Communications 38.93
Weich S, Recert Class & Card 75.00
Wellmark Of Iowa, Health Ins. 1,837.50
Total Ambulance 10,761.60
Total Accounts Payable 160,673.49
Total Payroll 16,084.76
Report Total 176,758.25
Fund Recap
General 74,308.40
Road Use Tax 5,548.46
Employee Benefits 58,310.74
DTR CDBG Grant 1,841.25
Sewer 25,626.21
Ambulance 11,123.19
Grand Total 176,758.25