The City Council of La Porte City, Iowa met in regular session on May 26, 2015. Mayor David Neil called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM with Council Members Eric Allsup, Sarah Craft, Mike Johnson and Brent Sadler present. Absent was Council member Todd Butler.

Phil Norris asked if the City had any plans to address the issues with Gates Street. He indicated that there are holes in the road. Mayor Neil indicated that there were no plans at this time but he would discuss it with the Public Works Director. Mike Chingren requested that Schull Avenue be closed beginning at 6 PM on Thursday, June 18th for fireworks setup.

The Council approved Resolution 15-40 adopting FY15 Budget Amendment, which calls for an increase of $277,240 in revenues and an increase of $468,220 in expenditures.

Council members reviewed bids for 3rd Street/Main Street Overlay Project, awarding the bid to Aspro, Inc. in the amount of $187,144.55.
The Council also approved the appointment of Pearl Oline as the Assistant Manager of the Family Aquatic Center.

Following a presentation by Police Chief Larry Feaker regarding police department scheduling, the Council approved Resolution 14-43 on a 3-1 vote with Council member Allsup opposed, changing the classification of Officer Christopher Brecher from part-time to full-time, effective May 26, 2015.

The Council also scheduled a public hearing to consider the request to rezone a certain property located in the area of Highway 218 North and Reinbeck Road from R1 to C2. The public hearing will take place on June 8, 2015 beginning at 7 PM. The Planning & Zoning Commission’s recommendation not to rezone the property has been received and placed on file.

The City Clerk provided an update on the Downtown Facade Grant Program. Due to legal issues at the Federal level, it is anticipated that the funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development will not be released to the State until later in the summer. While this will delay some of the planning that needs to take place, it is not anticipated that this will delay the start of work on the project, scheduled to begin in the spring of 2016. Mayor Neil suggested that a meeting with the property owners be held to explain the program requirements and restrictions. Following a discussion about deposits that will be required of property owners before project planning begins, the Council set a deposit requirement of 3% of the estimated owner contribution. Deposits must be submitted to the City not less than seven days prior to the first scheduled planning meeting with the project’s architect. The City Clerk will notify the property owners in writing of this requirement and an estimated date when the funds must be submitted.

The Council adopted an ordinance that prohibits the sale of food or merchandise by any person, group, organization, corporation or entity of any kind on July 23rd (RAGBRAI) unless they have obtained a Commercial Booth Permit from the City. La Porte City businesses operating only from their regularly established locations are exempt from the requirements.