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AGENDA
REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MEETING
THURSDAY, MAY 1, 2014
COUNCIL CHAMBERS - CITY HALL


  1. CALL TO ORDER 

  2. ROLL CALL 

  3. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE 

  4. COMMUNICATIONS – CITIZENS 

    1. Blue Zones Update and Presentation of Plaque to the City of Muscatine

      At this time Joni Axel, Community Program Manager for the Blue Zones Project in Muscatine, will present the city with a plaque indicating that all the city’s “bundle” of sector Policies and Environment actions have been taken to achieve the Blue Zones Certified Community requirements. She will also provide a brief update on activities to date. 

    2. Nuisance Abatement Appeal by Larry See 

      At this time Larry See will appeal a Nuisance Abatement Notice he received concerning property located at 306 Canon Avenue. 

  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 - Approval of City Council Minutes

    A. Regular City Council Minutes – April 17, 2014

    * Items 8A-P - Petitions and Communications

    A. Second reading for a new Class “C” Liquor License for LIB International, 1919 Grandview Avenue – LIB International (pending inspections and insurance)

    B. Request for renewal of a Class “B” Beer Permit and Sunday Sales for Pizza Ranch Muscatine, 106 Ford Avenue – Psychodog Enterprise Inc. (pending inspections)

    C. Request for renewal of a Special Class “C” Liquor License, Outdoor Service and Sunday Sales for Elly’s Tea & Coffee House, LLC, 208 West 2nd Street #8 – Elly’s Tea & Coffee House LLC (pending inspections)

    D. Request for renewal of a Special Class “C” Liquor License and Sunday Sales for Happy Joe’s Pizza & Ice Cream Parlor, 203 Lake Park Blvd. – Max Brewer Corp. (pending inspections)

    E. Request for renewal of a Class “B” Wine Permit, Class “C” Beer Permit, Class “E” Liquor License and Sunday Sales for Smokin’ Joe’s Tobacco and Liquor Outlet #16, 1504 Park Avenue – The Outlet Inc. (pending inspections)

    F. Request for renewal of a Class “B” Wine Permit, Class “C” Beer Permit, Class “E” Liquor License and Sunday Sales for Kum & Go #438, 1429 Park Avenue – Kum & Go LC (pending inspections)

    G. Request for renewal of a Class “B” Wine Permit, Class “C” Beer Permit, Class “E” Liquor License and Sunday Sales for Walgreens #05885, 1703 Park Avenue – Walgreen Co. (pending inspections)

    H. Request for renewal of a Class “B” Wine Permit, Class “C” Beer Permit, Class “E” Liquor License and Sunday Sales for Hy-Vee Wine & Spirits, 522 Mulberry Avenue – Hy-Vee Inc. (pending inspections)

    I. Request for renewal of a Special Class “C” Liquor License, Outdoor Service and Sunday Sales for El Allende, 1107 Grandview Avenue – El Allende Inc. (pending inspections and insurance)

    J. Request for renewal of a Class “B” Beer Permit, Class “E” Liquor License and Sunday Sales for Circle K #6600, 802 Cypress Street – Mac’s Convenience Stores LLC (pending inspection and insurance)

    K. Request for renewal of a Class “A” Liquor License, Outdoor Sales and Sunday Sales for Veterans Of Foreign Wars Club, Inc., 1415 Grandview Avenue – Veterans of Foreign Wars Club Inc. (pending inspections and insurance)

    L. Request for Use of City Property for Muscatine Area Farmers Market

    This request is for the use of city property for the Muscatine Area Farmers Market. The weekly farmers market will take place in the parking lot at the corner of 3rd and Cedar streets beginning May 3, 2014 and ending October 25, 2014. Hours of operation will be 6 a.m. to noon.

    M. Request from Muscatine Community Schools for the Use of City Property for a Road Race/Walk

    This request from Muscatine Community Schools is for the use of city property for a road race/walk on May 3, 2014 from 8 to 11 a.m. Proceeds from the event are for the Muscatine Schools Foundation.

    N. Request from Duffy DeFrance for Use of City Property for a Book House Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

    This request from Duffy DeFrance is for the use of city property for a ribbon cutting ceremony for The Book House. The event will take place at 2208 New Hampshire Street on May 22, 2014 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. The ribbon cutting is to launch the first free little library in Muscatine. The date is May 23, 2014.

    O. Request from Guadalajara Restaurant for On-Street Dining

    This request from the Guadalajara Restaurant is for the placement of an outside dining platform in front of 208 E. 2nd Street. In March 2014 the restaurant received approval for the placement of four tables on the sidewalk in front of their business. They are now amending their request to include the placement of a 40’ x 13’ dining platform on the 35’ x 11’ loading zone, the first 3’ of the sidewalk, and a portion of the bump out. 

    P. Request from Geneva Golf & Country Club to Dispense Fireworks

    This request from Geneva Golf & Country Club is for permission to dispense fireworks in conjunction with the Club’s Annual Family Day on August 9, 2014. As in the past, J&M Displays will be handling the event. As part of this request, the public will be notified five days prior to the event.

    Item 9A-C – From the Mayor

    A. Proclamation Declaring May 2014 as “Motorcycle Awareness Month”

    B. Proclamation Declaring May 2014 as “National Preservation Month”

    C. Proclamation Declaring May 11-17, 2014 as “National Police Week” and May 14, 2014 as “Peace Officers’ Memorial Day”

    * Items 12A-C - Communications Receive and File

    A. Muscatine County Board of Supervisors – April 7 and 14, 2014

    B. Zoning Board of Adjustment – April 1, 2014

    C. MP&W Board – March 27, 2014

    * Bills*

    * Approval of attached Bills for Approval totaling $1,474,894.69 is subject to the approval of any related agenda item(s). 

  6. MINUTES – APPROVAL 

  7. PUBLIC HEARING 

  8. PETITIONS AND COMMUNICATIONS 

  9. FROM THE MAYOR 

  10. FROM THE PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION 

  11. FROM THE CITY ADMINISTRATOR 

    1. Resolution Setting Public Hearing on Amendment #2 to the Fiscal Year 2013/2014 City Budget 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a resolution setting a public hearing on Amendment #2 to the 2013/2014 City Budget. This proposed amendment will increase total budgeted expenditures for the city by $1,115,800 with budgeted transfers to increase by $121,700 for a total expenditure change of $1,237,500. City budgeted revenues are proposed to be amended by $139,900 which includes $121,700 of funding transfers in. Prior to formal action by City Council, a public hearing is required. This hearing will be held on Thursday, May 15, 2014, at 7:00 p.m.

      Is there a motion to adopt the resolution as submitted? 

    2. Resolution Awarding General Obligation Corporate Purpose Bonds, Series 2014 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a resolution awarding General Obligation Corporate Purpose Bonds, Series 2014. The deadline for submitting bids on the bonds is 10 a.m. on May 1, 2014. The bond issue includes funding for the local share of the reconstruction projects for Cedar and Colorado streets, the local share of airport improvement projects, library elevator improvements, and the purchase of equipment for the city’s ambulances. At this time the city’s Financial Advisor for this issue will review the bids received and make a recommendation for the award of this issue.

      Is there a motion to adopt the resolution as submitted? 

    3. Resolution Endorsing Airport Projects and Certifying Availability of Matching Funds 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a resolution endorsing airport projects and certifying the availability of matching funds. As part of the state’s airport funding through the Iowa Department of Transportation, cities are required to take action officially endorsing airport improvements and certifying they have local matching funds to meet the 15% local share. It does not commit the city financially to move forward on projects. As with other airport projects, City Council must specifically approve each project grant agreement during the respective fiscal year it is programmed and following a state and/or federal determination that funding is available.

      Is there a motion to adopt the resolution as submitted? 

    4. Request Approving Professional Services Agreement with Anderson-Bogert for Engineering and/or Land Surveying at the Municipal Airport 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a request to approve a professional services agreement with Anderson-Bogert for engineering and/or land surveying services at the Municipal Airport. The city continues to utilize Anderson-Bogert for design and consultant services at the airport. Staff is recommending City Council approve the agreement for the period beginning May 1, 2014 for activities included in the five-year CIP for the airport.

      Is there a motion to approve the request as submitted? 

    5. Request to Approve Issuance of Purchase Order for the Geneva Creek Bank Stabilization Project 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a request to approve an agreement with Martin & Whitacre for design of the Geneva Creek Bank Stabilization Project. The city administers the Geneva Creek Levee System which protects the Heinz plant on Isett Avenue. The levee system was assigned an unacceptable rating by the USACE and channel shaping is required to correct the problem. The work required is beyond the scope of city forces. A proposal has been received from Martin & Whitacre to perform the topographic survey, prepare construction plans, perform construction staking and assist with construction observation for a fee of $5,270. Construction is expected to begin in July 2014. Staff is recommending the issuance of a purchase order to Martin & Whitacre in the amount of $5,270.

      Is there a motion to approve the request as submitted? 

  12. COMMUNICATIONS - RECEIVE AND FILE 

  13. APPROVAL OF BILLS 

    It is recommended bills totaling $1,474,894.69 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