The City Council of La Porte City, Iowa met in regular session on March 24, 2014. 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 was City Attorney Corey Lorenzen, Gary Forney and Bonnie Forney.

The Council approved the second readings of ordinances related to the uniform building code and manufactured homes. The ordinances include language that will bring them into conformance with current state law regarding manufactured homes.

The Council gave final approval of an incentive program for the construction of new homes in the Sweet Addition. The incentive offers a cash grant of up to 5% of the assessed value of new homes sitting on lots sold after March 1, 2014.

The Council gave approval to the Public Safety Department to apply for a grant from the Black Hawk County Gaming Association for the purchase of onboard computers and printers in La Porte City police vehicles. If the grant is approved, the City will contribute $5,690 in matching funds to the project.

La Porte City residents Gary and Bonnie Forney made a request to keep chickens on their property. The keeping of livestock in La Porte City is prohibited by Chapter 55.05 of the City Code except when compliance with the City’s zoning regulations is required or written permission has been granted by the City Council. The Council granted the Forney’s request, allowing up to four adult hens which must be confined to a coop that has a minimum area of ten square feet per chicken. The written permission granted is not binding for any set length of time and can be revoked at any point in the future at the Council’s discretion.

Following a discussion, the Council adopted a policy regarding trees infested with the Emerald Ash Borer. The policy sets forth recommendations for the inspection, removal, disposal, and replacement of public trees infested with the Emerald Ash Borer.

On a 4-1 vote, the council approved the donation of six daily passes to La Porte City Nursing and Rehab Center, as prizes for the annual Easter Egg Hunt to be held on April 12 at 1 PM. Todd Butler cast the lone dissenting vote.

The Council adopted an action plan to track the progress of the goals and objectives it has set for 2014. The action plan includes assigning tasks to appropriate City personnel and setting deadlines for when those tasks are to be completed.