SPECIAL COUNCIL MEETING
Council met in special session on
AGENDA: Motioned by Kurth, seconded by
REPORTS: Officer Sloan presented the council with the July and August police
reports. July had a total of 31 calls, used
82.1 gallons fuel and a total of 812.0 miles with a total of 8 traffic warnings
issued and 10 traffic citations issued; August 1-25 had a total of 12 calls for
the month, 28.5 gallons and 207 miles driven with a total of 1 traffic citation
DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION ON ESTIMATES TO REPAIR OLD WATER TOWER CONNECTING ROD: TABLED INFO NOT AVAILABLE.
AND POSSIBLE ACTION ON BIDS RECEIVED FOR STRIPPING THE FLOORS AT THE MEMORIAL
BUILDING, APPLYING 2 COATS OF SEALER, and 2 COATS OF WAX: Anderson commented that the bids received
were from professionals in the business of doing this type of work and since
they had all been in to look at the floor made a motion to accept the lowest bid
at 2,161 to do the complete strip, resealing, and waxing. Meyer expressed a concern with the procedures
that would be used in stripping the floor and requested additional information
from the vendor regarding the type of tile and possibly just call them on the
phone and asked them if they would still recommend this procedure if it were
AND POSSIBLE ACTION ON HIRING POLICE CHIEF:
Anderson stated that after reviewing the minutes of previous meetings;
the offer that was extended; the letter
declining the original offer at $14.43; taking into consideration the petition
that has 285 signatures on it and only 136 people voted in the last election;
he being on the police committee and had
heard about a proposal for part time coverage prior to it coming to the full table;
the negotiation in committee has not been successful and as a result requested
that the topic be put on the agenda for discussion. He proposed a starting wage of $16.80 for
discussion purposes only. Kurth
responded that he had spoken with city attorney Dendinger and that he advised
that the matter be tabled for the simple reason that the original offer was
denied and re-post the position and the people involved can reapply. It is up to the council to decide whether or
not it is in the negotiable stage.
AND POSSIBLE ACTION ON PROPOSED RESOLUTION SETTING WAGES FOR POLICE CHIEF: Council negotiated salary and discussed
salary for the position; it was motioned by
DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION ON COVERING THE COST OF INSURANCE DURING THE 90 DAY PERIOD UNTIL THE CITY’S GROUP POLICY COVERAGE BEGINS: Since Scott was a previous employee and had prior coverage with the city, Anderson motioned, Griffith seconded, to pay up to the $650 for health insurance plus the $40 dental insurance for a total cost not to exceed $690 per month for the COBRA coverage during the 90 day waiting period. Scott indicated it would be approx. $664 for the actual costs. Ayes all. Nays none. Motion carried.
AND POSSIBLE ACTION ON INPUT RECEIVED FROM THE PUBLIC
AND POSSIBLE ACTION ON INPUT RECEIVED FOR ADDITIONAL SIGNAGE FOR PREFERRED
AND POSSIBLE ACTION ON REQUEST FOR BACK HOE WORK TO BE DONE AT THE LAGOON TO
REMOVE LARGE PLANTS/WEEDS AT A COST NOT TO EXCEED
AND POSSIBLE ACTION ON ECIA COST ESTIMATE PROPOSALS FOR THE WASTERWATER
TREATMENT FACILITY AND REQUEST TO SUBMIT AMENDMENT 2 TO IDED: Mark Schneider, ECIA, was present to review
the proposed budget for rebuilding the wastewater treatment facility and as a
result of the stream study that was done the facility plan was reduced to a
total cost estimate of $439,615 and recommended that we request $250,000 to be
funded from the grant by submitting the proposed amendment.
AND POSSIBLE ACTION ON BID TO INSTALL EMERGENCY LIGHTING IN LIONS PAVILION AT A
COST OF $410: Motion by
AND POSSIBLE ACTION ON 5 YEAR POST COMPLETION INSPECTION FOR FEDERAL LAND AND
WATER CONVSERVATION FUND PARK GRANT:
DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION ON RAMPS FOR BICYCLES, SKATEBOARDERS AND ROLLERBLADES: Officer Sloan requested to rescind his offer for assistance in this matter due to the council’s choice of the police chief.
No further action or discussion.
AND POSSIBLE ACTION ON ERNEST ALBAUGH REQUEST FOR 10’ CURB CUT AT
DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION ON BRUCE KERN’S REQUEST TO HAVE PLUGGED CULVERT REMOVED FROM END OF DRIVEWAY ALONG ELM STREET: Council reviewed ordinance regarding this and suggested that the sewer jetter be used to see if it could be unplugged and requested that he have Zerbe look at it to see whether it would need to be replaced if they are not successful in cleaning it out.
DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION ON REQUEST FROM SCHOOL TO CHANGE THE TIMES AS STATED IN ORDINANCE 183 FOR THE TEMPORARY CLOSING OF MONROE STREET DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR FROM 8:30 – 3:30 TO 7:30 TO 4:30: Motion was made by Anderson, seconded by Oberbreckling to approve the First reading of the Ordinance 184. Ayes all. Nays none. Motion carried.
AND POSSIBLE ACTION ON RESOLUTION TO DIRECT ALLIANT ENERGY TO INSTALL AN
ADDITIONAL STREET LIGHT ON MADISON STREET BETWEEN KOHLHASE AND SECOND
STREET: Motioned by Meyer, seconded by
DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION ON RESOLUTION AFFIRMING CITY POLICY ON PASSENGERS RIDING IN THE POLICE CAR OR OTHER EMERGENCY VEHICLES WHILE ON DUTY: Coppess was requested to read resolution 2003-21; Griffith motioned, Oberbreckling seconded to adopt the resolution. Roll call vote: Meyer, Anderson, Griffith, Oberbreckling. Nays: Kurth. Resolution adopted.
REQUEST FROM CITIZEN TO PAY RICK SCOTT FOR THE HOURS HE HAS MISSED IN ORDER TO ATTEND MEETINGS AND THEN ONLY TO FIND OUT THAT THE MEETING WAS CANCELLED: No action was taken on this due to the previous action during the meeting with him being hired as the full time police chief.
AND POSSIBLE ACTION ON NUISANCE ABATEMENT:
Clerk read a letter from the Johnson’s stating that
AND POSSIBLE ACTION ON REQUEST TO PURCHASE MERRY GO ROUND FOR PARK $2344 PLUS
SHIPPING AND HANDLING: Motion by
AND POSSIBLE ACTION ON GETTING BIDS FOR REPLACING CURBS IN THE DOWNTOWN
AREA: Betterment Committee proposed
checking into the cost of having 4 curbs replaced, specifically the ones
located at Kuehnle’s and Sandberg’s at First and Cherry, the one north of the
bank, and the one known as Thimmes’ corner.
Further discussion on whether the city is responsible for the cost of
replacement or whether the property owner is responsible for the cost. One suggestion was to find out the cost and
possibly offer a cost share incentive of some type to the property owner. It was noted that the snow plow may have done
damage to at least one of these curbs.
AND POSSIBLE ACTION ON SEALING JOINTS AROUND
CORRESPONDENCE: A question about how the vacancy of the mayor’s position will be filled with a response that it will be on the next agenda; a statement was made regarding the trees in the East End Park need watering; an announcement from Tom Harkins Office was read regarding the Fire Department has been awarded a $52,000 grant for safety equipment and Nate will share more about that at the next meeting.
REPORTS: Safety committee reported
reviewing some incident reports and the lighting recommendations were addressed
earlier in the meeting; The Betterment Committee reported completing some fund
raisers and they discussed possibilities on how to move forward with getting
MAYORS COMMENTS: Kurth made comments stating that this is pathetic, you people need to take a serious look to see what has happened to this community over the recent months.
ADJOURN: There being no further business to come
before the Council at this time, Council member Meyer motioned,
Linda K. Coppess, City Clerk Dan Kurth, Mayor Pro Tem