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AGENDA
REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MEETING
THURSDAY, MARCH 6, 2014
COUNCIL CHAMBERS - CITY HALL





  1. CALL TO ORDER 

  2. ROLL CALL 

  3. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE 

  4. COMMUNICATIONS – CITIZENS 

    1. Swearing in of Firefighters Roy Patterson, Colin Suiter, and Nate Paxston 

  5. CONSENT AGENDA

    The following items are considered to be routine by the City Council and will be enacted by one motion. There will be no separate discussion of these items unless a Council Member so requests, in which event the item will be removed from the Consent Agenda and considered in its normal sequence on the Agenda.

    * Items 6A-B - Approval of City Council Minutes

    A. Budget Meeting Minutes – February 18, 2014

    B. Regular City Council Minutes – February 20, 2014

    * Items 8A-C - Petitions and Communications

    A. Request to Approve Revitalization Tax Abatement Application

    The 2013 Muscatine Housing Urban Revitalization Area and Plan, adopted by the City Council on May 13, 2013, extends tax abatement to eligible properties located within the designated areas of the city. Property owners are required to submit an application for City Council consideration and approval which will then be forwarded to the Muscatine County Assessor who will make the final determination of the assessed valuation of improvements to the property. Once the final assessed valuation is determined to meet the Plan requirements, the improvements are granted tax abatements under the program.

    B. Request for Use of City Property for Ss. Mary & Mathias Catholic School Annual Hustle

    This request is for the use of city property for the Ss. Mary & Mathias Catholic School Annual Hustle to be held on April 5, 2014 beginning at 9:00 a.m. The race will follow the same route used in past years.

    C. Request for Use of City Property for a “Mission at the Airport”

    This request is for the use of the Municipal Airport on June 25, 2014 from 2 to 8 p.m. for a “Mission at the Airport”. The program will present the work of JAARS and Wycliffe Bible Translators and will display a number of technologies used on mission fields around the world. Weather permitting, airplane/helicopter rides will be available. Aircraft rides will be provided in accordance with the Federal Aviation Administration, and all flight activities will carry sufficient liability insurance.

    * Item 9A – From the Mayor

    A. Proclamation Declaring March 2014 as “Music in Education Month”

    * Items 12A-G - Communications Receive and File

    A. Muscatine County Board of Supervisors – January 27, 2014 (A), January 27, 2014 (B), February 17, 2014

    B. Zoning Board of Adjustment – November 5, 2013

    C. Muscatine Power & Water Board – January 28, 2014

    D. MPW – Communications Utility – December 2013 (unaudited)

    E. MPW – Electric Utility – December 2013 (unaudited)

    F. MPW – Water Utility – December 2013 (unaudited)

    G. City of Muscatine Financial Reports – January 2014

    * Bills*

    * Approval of attached Bills for Approval totaling $1,019,953.59 is subject to the approval of any related agenda item(s). 

  6. MINUTES – APPROVAL 

  7. PUBLIC HEARING 

    1. Proposed Amendment #1 to the City Budget for Fiscal Year 2013/2014

      This public hearing concerns the proposed Amendment #1 to the City Budget for fiscal year 2013/2014. This amendment includes amending both revenues and expenditures to the currently estimated amounts. Amendments include updated revenue estimates, updated capital project construction schedules, additional grant-funded projects, and other increased operating and capital outlay costs. Prior to any action by City Council, a public hearing is required.

      Now is the time for the public to comment. 

    2. Proposed Adoption of City Budget and Certification of Taxes for Fiscal Year 2014/2015

      This public hearing concerns the proposed adoption of the City Budget and Certification of Taxes for fiscal year 2014/2015. The amounts included in the public hearing notice and budget adoption resolution reflect the budget amounts approved by City Council during their budget review sessions and are in the format required by the State of Iowa. The final budget document must be filed with the state on or before March 15th of each year. Prior to any action by City Council, a public hearing is required.

      Now is the time for the public to comment. 

  8. PETITIONS AND COMMUNICATIONS 

  9. FROM THE MAYOR 

  10. FROM THE PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION 

  11. FROM THE CITY ADMINISTRATOR 

    1. Resolution Approving Amendment #1 to the 2013/2014 City Budget 

      Is there a motion to adopt the resolution as submitted? 

    2. Resolution Adopting the Budget and Certification of Taxes for Fiscal Year 2014/2015 

      Is there a motion to adopt the resolution as submitted? 

    3. Resolution Adopting and Approving Tax Compliance Procedures Relating to Tax-Exempt Bonds 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a resolution adopting and approving tax compliance procedures relating to tax-exempt bonds. The State of Iowa and Internal Revenue Code have regulations for the issuance of tax exempt bonds. The city’s bond counsel is recommending the city formally adopt the procedures and practices in connection with the issuance of tax exempt debt.

      Is there a motion to adopt the resolution as submitted? 

    4. Resolution Authorizing Changes to the Section 8 Administrative Plan 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a resolution authorizing changes to the Section 8 Administrative Plan. The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014 includes funding for housing assistance and program administration for the Section 8 program. The current policy requires an interim reexamination should family income increase between annual reexaminations. As an administrative cost saving measure, staff recommends conducting only annual income reviews and discontinuing the interim reexaminations for income increases. Staff is recommending the resolution be adopted to allow implementation of the revisions effective March 6, 2014.

      Is there a motion to adopt the resolution as submitted? 

    5. Resolution Setting Public Hearing for West Cellular Tower Lease Extension at Greenwood Cemetery 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a resolution setting a public hearing for a west cellular tower lease extension at Greenwood Cemetery. In 1993 the City of Muscatine entered into an agreement to host a cellular tower at the cemetery. The tenant who is renting the west tower (Towerco 2013 LLC) is interested in extending the lease time period to 2043. The city would continue to receive 10% increases for each renewal period. With the amended lease, the city will receive 25% of the gross lease payments from all additional tower renters. Before any formal action by City Council, a public hearing is required. This hearing will take place on Thursday, March 20, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers.

      Is there a motion to adopt the resolution as submitted? 

    6. Request from Fire Department for Issuance of Purchase Order for Ambulance Refurbishment Project 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a request from the Fire Department for the issuance of a purchase order for an Ambulance Refurbishment Project. The Fire Department has been refurbishing ambulances instead of purchasing new ones. A refurbishment consists of removing the box from the old chassis and replacing it with a new ambulance chassis. The chassis was purchased from Kriegers in the amount of $28,050. The only bid received was from Foster Coach in the amount of $70,928 for a total refurbishment cost of $98,978. There is $99,000 budgeted for this project.

      Is there a motion to approve the request as submitted? 

    7. Request to Approve Outdoor Dining on Public Right-of-Way Pilot Program 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a request to approve the pilot program for outdoor dining on the public right-of-way. This proposed program is being done to assist with the city’s certification as a Blue Zones Project Community and to further implement a number of goals from the Comprehensive Plan. The aim of this program is twofold. First is to promote the use of public right-of-way for outdoor dining in places where it is currently permitted and the second is to conduct trial outdoor dining on platforms placed on on-street parking spaces. Based on the experiences of the pilot program, a decision to allow dining on platforms placed on on-street parking spaces and how they should be regulated will be made in the fall of 2014.

      Is there a motion to approve the request as submitted? 

    8. Request to Declare Vehicles as Surplus Property 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a request to declare vehicles as surplus property. Staff is requesting the recommended vehicles and equipment be determined as surplus to allow for their proper disposal.

      Is there a motion to approve the request as submitted? 

    9. Request to Approve Establishment of “No Parking In Alley” Between E. 8th/E. 9th streets off Sycamore Street 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a request to approve establishment of “No Parking In Alley” between E. 8th/E. 9th streets off Sycamore Street. The Police Department and Building and Zoning staff have been called to this location on numerous occasions to deal with vehicles parked in the alley and blocking access to garages/driveways. It is the Traffic Committee’s recommendation the “No Parking In Alley” signs be posted at this location.

      Is there a motion to approve the request as submitted? 

  12. COMMUNICATIONS - RECEIVE AND FILE 

  13. APPROVAL OF BILLS 

    It is recommended bills totaling $1,019,953.59 be approved and that the City Council authorize the Mayor and City Clerk to issue warrants for the same. It should be noted that this listing is subject to the approval of any related agenda item(s). 

  14. COMMUNICATIONS - COUNCIL MEMBERS 

  15. OTHER BUSINESS 

  16. ADJOURNMENT