COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS September 25, 2017   

The City Council of La Porte City, Iowa met in regular session on September 25, 2017.  Mayor David Neil called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM with Council Members Eric Allsup, Jasmine Gaston, Kristi Harrill, Mike Johnson and Brent Sadler present.  Also present was Sarah Logan and Gary Murphy.   Unless otherwise noted, all actions passed by affirmative and unanimous vote of the council members present.     Moved by Allsup, seconded by Gaston to approve the agenda.   Moved by Allsup, seconded by Sadler to approve the CONSENT AGENDA including the following: Minutes of September 11, 2017, disbursements, totaling $167,942.53, Administrative Report for August/September 2017 and recognition of $5,500 donation from the La Porte City Fire Association to help fund the purchase of a second Lucas Device.   Moved by Sadler, seconded by Johnson to RECEIVE AND PLACE ON FILE RECOMMENDATION FROM PLANNING & ZONING COMMISSION.  The Commission recommended that the Council take action to rezone lots 1 – 5, block 8, Railroad Addition from C-2 “Commercial” to M-1 “Light Industrial/Manufacturing”.   Mayor Neil announced that the date and time had arrived for PUBLIC HEARING TO REZONE LOTS 1-5, BLOCK 8, RAILROAD ADDITION FROM C-2 “COMMERCIAL” to M-1 “LIGHT INDUSTRIAL/MANUFACTURING”. Moved by Sadler, seconded by Johnson to open the public hearing. Moved by Allsup, seconded by Harrill to receive and place on file proof of publication. Mayor Neil asked if any written comments had been received, there were none. Moved by Sadler, seconded by Allsup to close the public hearing.   Moved by Johnson, seconded by Sadler to APPROVE THE FIRST READING OF ORDINANCE 525 TO REZONE LOTS 1 – 5, BLOCK 8, RAILROAD ADDITION FROM C-2 “COMMERCIAL” TO M-1 “LIGHT INDUSTRIAL/MANUFACTURING”. Roll call vote passed 5-0.  Moved by Johnson, seconded by Harrill to waive the requirement for three readings and move to adoption of the ordinance.  Roll call vote passed 5-0 and Mayor Neil declared the ordinance adopted and effective upon publication.   Moved by Sadler, seconded by Gaston to APPROVE THE SECOND READING OF ORDINANCE 524 SETTING FEES FOR SOLID WASTE COLLECTION.  The ordinance amends the fees for commercial garbage and recycling pickup while leaving residential rates unchanged. Moved by Allsup, seconded by Sadler to waive the requirement for three readings and move to adoption of the ordinance.  Roll call vote passed 5-0 and Mayor Neil declared the ordinance adopted and effective upon publication.   The Council discussed PROPOSED POLICY CHANGES.  Regarding allowing patrons shorter than 48 inches to use the water slide, the City’s insurance agency recommended that the City follow the manufacturer’s recommended safety procedures and stay with the 48” limit.  Harrill expressed concern about the City’s exposure if they changed the height limitation.  Sadler said that while he understood the concern, he wished that changes could be made to allow it.  The Council took no action on changing the height limitations.   Regarding changes to the closing policy, the Council discussed the Parks & Recreation Commission’s recommendation to eliminate all references to attendance numbers in the closing policy.  Moved by Sadler, seconded by Johnson to change the pool closing policy to eliminate all reference to attendance numbers. With the new rule, the pool would only close in the instance of bad weather, guard availability, mechanical failure or a health related issue. Roll call vote passed 4-1 with Harrill opposed.   Moved by Johnsons, seconded by Allsup to ADOPT RESOLUTION 17-63 APPROVING CONTRACT WITH INRCOG FOR HOUSING NEEDS ASSESSMENT.  The contract is begin on October 1, 2017 with all work to be completed by October 1, 2018.  Cost for the work will not exceed $10,000.   Moved by Johnson, seconded by Gaston to ADOPT RESOLUTION 17-64 APPROVING CONTRACT WITH INRCOG FOR URBAN REVITALIZATION PLAN.  The contract will begin on October 1, 2017 with all work to be completed by October 1, 2018.  Cost for the work will not exceed $7,500.   Moved by Allsup, seconded by Harrill to ADOPT RESOLUTION 17-61 APPROVING FY17 STREET FINANCIAL REPORT. The Street Financial Report is the annual report submitted to the Iowa Department of Transportation and provides a summary of the City’s use of Road Use Tax dollars and other street monies.   Moved by Johnson seconded by Allsup to ADOPT RESOLUTION 17-62 SUPPORTING IPERS. The resolution expresses the City’s support for the Iowa Public Employees Retirement System in its current form.   Moved by Allsup, seconded by Harrill to RECEIVE AND PLACE ON FILE RESIGNATION OF SHERRY SHEFFLER FROM THE LA PORTE CITY MUSEUM BOARD OF DIRECTORS.  The resignation is effective October 31, 2017.Moved by Sadler, seconded by Gaston to RECEIVE AND PLACE ON FILE RECOMMENDATION OF LOAN REVIEW BOARD.  The loan review board recommended that the City Council take action to extend the terms of an economic development loan made to Great Plains Survey, Inc an additional five years at 3% interest.   Moved by Sadler, seconded by Johnson to APPROVE EXTENSION OF LOAN AGREEMENT WITH GREAT PLAINS SURVEY, INC. The extension is for an additional five years at an interest rate of 3%.   Moved by Sadler, seconded by Gaston to REFER TO PLANNING & ZONING CHANGES TO DEVELOPMENT ORDINANCE REGARDING REFERENCES TO “FAMILY” AND “FAMILY DWELLING”   The Council reviewed PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE CODE OF ORDINANCES REGARDING REFERENCES TO “FAMILY” AND “FAMILY DWELLING”.  New legislation signed by the Governor in April 2017 prohibits restrictions on rental occupancy based on familial relationships.  While the City does not currently have a residential rental ordinance, it was recommended that the City Council consider changes to eliminate references to “family” for “family dwelling” in its Code of Ordinances.   The Council reviewed plan for a RAMP FOR CITY HALL. City staff estimated that the ramp can be constructed for around $250.00. Moved by Allsup, seconded by Gaston to approve construction of a ramp for City Hall.   Moved by Harrill, seconded by Johnson to SET TRICK OR TREATING HOURS for Tuesday, October 31, 2017 from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM.   Moved by Johnson, seconded by Sadler to adjourn at 7:48PM.   Jane Whittlesey, City Clerk   David Neil, MayorCity of La Porte CityClaims for 9/25/2017General Fund Advanced Syst, 56.10 BHEMA, Dispatch Fees 6,067.39 Crosslines, Annual Support 500.00 Davison K, Mileage-Mtgs 22.34 Des Moines Public Library, Book 49.95 EFTPS, PR Taxes 4,041.60 Fehl M, Reimburse  20.97 Ipers, Pension 1,563.04 Kronschnabel J, Training 37.29 LPC Printing, Help Wanted Ad 127.20 LPC Telephone, 754.22 LPC Utilities, Utilities 4,209.17 LPC Lions Club, Support 2,500.00 LPC Motor Supply, Supplies 171.43 Monkeytown, Toner Cartridge 95.05 Movie Licensing USA, License 209.00 Operation Threshold, Support 350.00 Pathways, Support 597.00 Proshield, Inspections 838.74 Racom Corp, EDACS Access 26.77 Sams Club, Pool Concessions 24.88 Schumacher Elevator, Maint 265.17 St Clair Plumbing, Labor 65.00 Thriftway, Supplies 34.38 UCSD, Tennis Courts 37,167.00 US Cellular, Cell Phone 149.26 Wellmark Of Iowa, Health Ins 9,544.26 Westview Cemetery, Support 1,000.00 Total General 70,487.21 Road Use Tax Fund CECHFP, 100# Cylinder 95.00 CSC, Child Support 181.81 EFTPS, PR Taxes 1,396.45 Graham’s,Tree Removals 6,455.00 LPC Motor Supply, Supplies 309.66 P&K Midwest, Utlilty Tractor 55,795.33 Wellmark Of Iowa, Health Ins 77.75 Total Road Use Tax 64,311.00 Economic Development Fund Adv Env, Asbestos Inspection 1,000.00 Total Economic Development 1,000.00 Permanent Fund BHC Attorney, Forfeiture 730.20 Total Permanent 730.20 Sewer Fund CSC, Child Support 25.14 Des Moines Register, HW Ad 1,187.00 EFTPS, PR Taxes 399.81 LPC Telephone, 93.21 LPC Utilities, Utilities 4,139.65 Proshield, Inspections 5.38 US Cellular, Cell Phone 37.43 USA Bluebook, Parker Hose 1,299.95 Wellmark Of Iowa, Health Ins 2,309.98 Total Sewer 9,497.55 Ambulance Fund Arrow, Supplies 568.17 BHEMA, FY18 Dispatch Fees 1,516.85 Bound Tree Medical, Supplies 343.71 Covenant, Mutual Aid 128.00 EFTPS, PR Taxes 110.70 Hutton A, Reimbursement 30.00 LPC Telephone, 122.88 LPC Utilities, Utilities 197.70 Monkeytown, Toner Cartridge 84.99 Proshield, Inspections 5.38 Racom Corp, EDACS Access 26.77 Superior Welding, Oxygen 56.73 Us Cellular, Cell Phone 50.24 Sam Weich, Amls-Sw 135.00 Wellmark Of Iowa, Health Ins 1,837.50 Total Ambulance 5,214.62  Total Accounts Payable 151,240.58 Total Payroll Checks 16,701.95 Report Total 167,942.53 Fund RecapGeneral Fund 82,248.46 Road Use Tax Fund 67,744.36 Economic Development Fund 1,000.00 Permanent Funds Fund 730.20 Sewer Fund 10,633.69 Ambulance Fund 5,585.82 Grand Total 167,942.53