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AGENDA
REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MEETING
THURSDAY, MAY 15, 2014
COUNCIL CHAMBERS - CITY HALL


  1. CALL TO ORDER 

  2. ROLL CALL 

  3. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE 

  4. COMMUNICATIONS – CITIZENS 

  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. Regular City Council Minutes – May 1, 2014

    B. In-Depth Minutes – May 8, 2014

    * Items 8A-I - Petitions and Communications

    A. First reading for a new Class “B” Beer Permit and Outside Service for Ss. Mary & Mathias Summer Festival, 2407 Cedar Street – Ss. Mary & Mathias Catholic Parish (pending inspections and insurance)

    B. Request for renewal of a Class “C” Liquor License, Outdoor Sales and Sunday Sales for Mike’s Hilltop Tap, 929 Lucas Street – Mike’s Hilltop Tap Inc. (pending inspections)

    C. Request for renewal of a Class “B” Beer Permit and Sunday Sales for China Buffett, 1903 Park Avenue #48 – China Buffet of Muscatine Inc. (pending inspections and insurance)

    D. Request for renewal of a Special Class “C” Liquor License and Sunday Sales for Peking Restaurant, 1700 Park Avenue, Suite C – Peking Chinese Restaurant Inc. (pending inspections and insurance)

    E. Request for renewal of a Special Class “C” Liquor License for Tantra Thai Bistro, 101 West Mississippi Drive #L01 – CNY Group Inc. (pending inspections and insurance)

    F. Request for renewal of a Class “C” Liquor License for Jody’s Corner Tap Inc., 226 Walnut Street – Jody’s Corner Tap Inc. (pending inspections and insurance)

    G. Request for renewal of a Class “B” Native Wine Permit for The Flower Gallery, 131 East Second Street – Karen J. Diercks (pending inspections and insurance)

    H. Request from Greater Muscatine Chamber of Commerce and Industry for Use of City Property for a 5K Run/Walk

    This request from the GMCCI is for the use of city property for a 5K Run/Walk to be held on July 4, 2014 beginning at 3:40 p.m.

    I. Request from Tiffany Hood for the Use of City Property for a Vendor’s Show/Fundraiser

    This request from Tiffany Hood is for the use of city property for a Vendor’s Show/Fundraiser to be held on July 13, 2014 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will take place in the parking lot used for the Farmer’s Market.

    Item 9A-B – From the Mayor

    A. Reappointment of Dan Olson to the Civil Service Commission 

    B. Appointment of Susan Eversmeyer to the Municipal Board of Water, Electric, and Communications Trustees

    C. Proclamation Declaring May 24-25, 2014 as “Poppy Days”

    * Items 12A-B - Communications Receive and File

    A. Muscatine County Board of Supervisors – April 21 and 28, 2014

    B. Planning and Zoning Commission – February 11, 2014

    * Bills*

    * Approval of attached Bills for Approval totaling $4,467,866.22, which includes receipt summaries and journal entries for March 2014, is subject to the approval of any related agenda item(s). 

  6. MINUTES – APPROVAL 

  7. PUBLIC HEARING 

    1. Proposed Budget Amendment #2 to the 2013/2014 City Budget

      This public hearing concerns proposed Budget 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.

      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 #2 to the Fiscal Year 2013/2014 City Budget 

      Is there a motion to adopt the resolution as submitted? 

    2. Resolution Authorizing and Approving a Certain Loan Agreement and Providing for the Issuance of $2,575,000 General Obligation Corporate Purpose Bonds, Series 2014, and Providing for Levy of Taxes to Pay Same 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a resolution authorizing and approving a certain loan agreement with UMB Bank, n.a., Kansas City, Missouri, and providing for the issuance of $2,575,000 General Obligation Corporate Purpose Bonds, Series 2014, and providing for levy of taxes to pay same. City Council took action to award the bonds to UMB Bank at its May 1, 2014 meeting. The documents acted upon tonight will complete the required actions on the bond issue.

      Is there a motion to adopt the resolution as submitted? 

    3. Resolution to Write Off Debts of Certain Former Public Housing Tenants 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a resolution to write off debts of certain former public housing tenants. Every effort is made to collect rental payments and other monies owed to the Muscatine Municipal Housing Agency. As a matter of good accounting, the city is directed to write off debts that are doubtful for collection. The total amount of $1,318.86 includes unpaid rents, damages, and maintenance charges. Prior to being provided any future housing assistance, individuals will be required to pay back their outstanding debts.

      Is there a motion to adopt the resolution as submitted? 

    4. Resolution Accepting Sevig Street and 49th Street South as Publicly Maintained Streets 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a resolution accepting Sevig Street and 49th Street South as publicly maintained streets. Wal-View Developments LLC has submitted a request to the city for acceptance of Sevig Street and 49th Street South (east of 55th Avenue) as publicly maintained streets. Submitted with this request is a dedication and easement plat for the right-of-way easement in which Sevig Street was constructed as well as a permanent easement for a portion of the Musser Park to Wiggens Road Trail.

      Is there a motion to adopt the resolution as submitted? 

    5. Request to Approve Extension of Wastewater Service and Rates with the H.J. Heinz Company 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a request to approve the fifth extension of wastewater service and rates with the H.J. Heinz Company. Due to the latest sewer rate adjustment, the contracted sewer pricing with H.J. Heinz needs to be updated to reflect current and future rates. Heinz North America has agreed to the terms and conditions of this agreement which is effective through December 30, 2017. This extension agreement shifts to a calendar year billing cycle per a request from Heinz.

      Is there a motion to approve the request as submitted? 

    6. Request to Approve Memorandum of Understanding for the FFY 2014 Justice Assistance Grant Direct Award 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a request to approve a Memorandum of Understanding for the FFY 2014 Justice Assistance Grant Direct Award. The grant award is for $21,373 and is to be shared with the Muscatine County Drug Task Force as well as the Muscatine County Sheriff’s Office. The award is used to equipment purchases not included in the current department budget. The Drug Task Force will receive 20% of the award with the remainder split equally between the Police Department and the Sheriff’s Office.

      Is there a motion to approve the request as submitted? 

    7. Request to Approve Memorandum of Understanding for the FFY 2014 Justice Assistance Grant Direct Award 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a request to authorize the purchase of two changeable message boards. City staff would like to replace two rental message boards with the purchase of two of the same. Two quotes were obtained with the low quote from Advanced Traffic Control in the amount of $16,933 each for a Wanco Full Matrix Trailer Mounted Solar Message Board. It is staff’s recommendation City Council authorize the purchase of two of these message boards at a total cost of $33,866 which is $4,666 more than the rental cost. The fund balance in the Pavement Management Fund will be used as the financial source.

      Is there a motion to approve the request as submitted? 

    8. Request to Approve Issuance of Purchase Order for Easement Survey for the Musser Park to Wiggens Road Trail 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a request to approve the issuance of a purchase order for an easement survey for the Musser Park to Wiggens Road Trail. Requests for professional services for easement plats on four properties were obtained from two local firms. The lowest response was from VSP Engineering in the amount of $3,250. Staff is recommending the issuance of a purchase order to VSP Engineering for this service.

      Is there a motion to approve the request as submitted? 

    9. Request to Approve Request from Traffic Committee to Authorize “No Parking Between Signs” on Bidwell Road 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a request from the Traffic Committee to authorize “No Parking Between Signs” on Bidwell Road. Because of parked vehicles, a row of trees and street configuration, it is difficult for motorists stopped at the Vista Court/Bidwell intersection to see approaching traffic from the southeast. There is ample on-street parking available on Bidwell Road and most residents have off-street parking options.

      Is there a motion to approve the request as submitted? 

    10. Request to Authorize Issuance of Purchase Order for the Weed Park Tennis Court Repair Project 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a request to authorize the issuance of a purchase order for the Weed Park Tennis Court Repair Project. Four bids were received for this project with the low bid from Pro Track and Tennis Inc. in the amount of $13,800. It is staff’s recommendation a purchase order be issued for this project. There is $23,000 budgeted for this project.

      Is there a motion to approve the request as submitted? 

  12. COMMUNICATIONS - RECEIVE AND FILE 

  13. APPROVAL OF BILLS 

    It is recommended bills totaling $4,467,866.22, which includes receipt summaries and journal entries for March 2014, 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 

    1. Request to Enter Closed Session, per Iowa Code 21.5, to Discuss Potential Property Acquisition

  16. ADJOURNMENT