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AGENDA
REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MEETING
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2014
COUNCIL CHAMBERS - CITY HALL


  1. CALL TO ORDER 

  2. ROLL CALL 

  3. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE 

  4. COMMUNICATIONS – CITIZENS 

    1. Presentation by Nancy Snaadt of Alliant Energy 

  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-C - Approval of City Council Minutes

    A. Regular City Council Minutes – November 6, 2014

    B. Special City Council Minutes – November 13, 2014

    C. In-Depth City Council Minutes – November 13, 2014

    * Items 8A-D - Petitions and Communications

    A. Request for renewal of a Class “C” Beer Permit and Sunday Sales for New York Dollar Store, 109 East 2nd Street – Antonio Sosa (pending inspections)

    B. Request for renewal of a Class “C” Liquor License and Sunday Sales for Pla-Mor Lanes, 1411 Grandview Avenue – Muscatine Properties Inc. (pending inspections and insurance)

    C. Request for renewal of a Class “B” Native Wine Permit, Class “C” Liquor License and Sunday Sales for GeoJohnz, 203 East 2nd Street – GeoJohnz LLC (pending inspections and insurance)

    D. Request to Approve Revitalization Property Tax Abatement

    * Items 12A-D - Communications Receive and File

    A. Muscatine County Board of Supervisors – October 27, 2014 and November 3, 2014

    B. MP&W Communications Utility – September 2014

    C. MP&W Electric Utility – September 2014

    D. MP&W Water Utility – September 2014

    * Bills*

    * Approval of attached Bills for Approval totaling $1,840,136.86 is subject to the approval of any related agenda item(s). 

  6. MINUTES – APPROVAL 

  7. PUBLIC HEARING 

  8. PETITIONS AND COMMUNICATIONS

    E. Request to Approve Concept Plan for Use of City Property (Transfer Station Field) for a Dog Park


    Information for this request will be submitted at the meeting. 

  9. FROM THE MAYOR 

  10. FROM THE PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION 

  11. FROM THE CITY ADMINISTRATOR 

    1. Resolution Approving Changes to the Section 8 Administrative Plan 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a resolution approving changes to the Section 8 Administrative Plan. Staff has reviewed federal regulations and HUD recommendations and is now recommending changes to allow the Muscatine Municipal Housing Agency to better serve its jurisdiction.

      Is there a motion to adopt the resolution as submitted? 

    2. Resolution Approving Changes to the Muscatine Municipal Housing Agency’s Public Housing Admissions and Continued Occupancy Policy 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a resolution approving changes to the Muscatine Municipal Housing Agency’s Public Housing Admissions and Continued Occupancy Policy. Staff has reviewed federal regulations and HUD recommendations and is now recommending changes to allow the MMHA to better serve its jurisdiction.

      Is there a motion to adopt the resolution as submitted? 

    3. Request from Fire Department for Submission of a Grant Application for a New Water Tender 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a request from the Fire Department to submit a grant application through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) for a new 3,000 gallon water tender (tanker). This grant provides funding for the essentials that firefighters and first responders need to be safe and effective on the job. The cost of the water tender is $272,000. If the grant is awarded and accepted by the city, the local match would be $27,200.

      Is there a motion to approve the request as submitted? 

    4. Request to Renew 28E Agreement Between the City of Muscatine and Muscatine County for Animal Control Services 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a request to renew a 28E Agreement between the City of Muscatine and Muscatine County for animal control services. The city’s Animal Control Officer will respond to assist Muscatine County through direct authorization of the watch commander or commanding officer. The county will pay for mileage to and from the site as well as the hourly rate for the Animal Control Officer during the duration of the call.

      Is there a motion to approve the request as submitted? 

    5. Request to Approve $5,000 Contribution to the Community Foundation for the Muscatine Levee Feasibility Study 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a request to approve a $5,000 contribution to the Community Foundation for the Muscatine Levee Feasibility Study. The Muscatine Levee Stakeholder Group has received a quote from Klingner & Associates to implement a feasibility study exploring options for added levee protection. This study will cost $50,000, and the city is being asked to contribute $5,000. Assisting in the funding of the study does not commit the city to any future decisions.

      Is there a motion to approve the request as submitted? 

    6. Request to Approve Change Order #4 for the Colorado Street Reconstruction Project 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a request to approve Change Order #4 for the Colorado Street Reconstruction Project. This change order covers the additional work required because of a redesign of the storm sewer near Park Avenue. The work was necessary for completion of the project. The total amount of the change order is $5,628.08.

      Is there a motion to approve the request as submitted? 

    7. Request to Approve Amended Supplemental Agreement with the Iowa Department of Transportation for the Maintenance of Primary Roads 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a request to approve an amended Supplemental Agreement with the Iowa Department of Transportation for the maintenance of primary roads. A Supplemental Agreement was approved by City Council on September 4, 2014 with a payment amount of $7,602. Due to the newly authorized rate of $2,287 per lane mile, that amount has been increased to $16,557.88.

      Is there a motion to approve the request as submitted? 

    8. Request from Public Works Department to Purchase a Mid-Mount Wing Plow 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a request from the Public Works Department to purchase a mid-mount wing plow. Two bids were received with the low bid from Henderson Manufacturing Inc. in the amount of $8,708. It is staff’s recommendation that City Council take action to approve the low bid. There is $11,000 budgeted for this purchase.

      Is there a motion to approve the request as submitted? 

    9. Request to Approve Lease Agreement for New Finance Department Copier 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a request to approve a lease agreement for a new copier for the Finance Department. Xerox is currently offering an incentive program for copiers ordered for delivery before December 31, 2014. The Work Centre 5945OCT would provide the same capabilities as the current machine but would be slightly faster, have improved copy resolution, and various other enhancements. With the purchase of this copier, the city would realize a savings of $654.84 annually. There is no cost or penalty for transitioning from the current lease to a new lease.

      Is there a motion to approve the request as submitted? 

    10. Request to Allow Deer Hunting within the City Limits 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a request to allow deer hunting within the city limits. A request has been received from Frank Bermel to allow hunting on 143.5 acres of his property located at 1885 Savannah Avenue that was voluntarily annexed into the city in 2013. When this voluntary annexation took place, a provision to allow the owners to continue to hunt their land so long as it remains undeveloped and unsubdivided was written into the annexation agreement.

      Is there a motion to approve the request as submitted? 

  12. COMMUNICATIONS - RECEIVE AND FILE 

  13. APPROVAL OF BILLS 

    It is recommended bills totaling $1,840,136.86 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