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AGENDA
REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MEETING
THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 2015
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 – March 5, 2015

    B. In-Depth City Council Minutes for March 12, 2015

    * Items 8A-F – Petitions and Communications

    A. First and second reading for a new Class “B” Wine Permit, Class “C” Liquor License, Outdoor Service and Sunday Sales for Creations by Oz, 110 East 2nd Street – Jeff Osborne (pending inspections and insurance)

    B. 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)

    C. Second reading for a new Class “C” Liquor License, Brew Pub, Outdoor Sales and Sunday Sales for Samz Sports Bar, 103 Ford Avenue – Steve Mendoza (pending inspections and insurance) 

    D. Request for Use of City Property for Muscatine Boat Show

    This request is for the use of Riverside Park on September 4-6, 2015 for the “That was Then, This is Now” boat, car, and hovercraft show. 


       
    E. Request for Use of City Property for Muscatine Boat Show

    This request is for the use of Riverside Park on September 4-6, 2015 for the “That was Then, This is Now” boat, car, and hovercraft show.

    F. Request from Ss. Mary & Mathias Catholic School for Use of City Property for Annual Hustle 5K

    This request is for the use of city property for the Ss. Mary & Mathias Catholic School Annual Hustle 5K. The event will be held on April 11, 2015 beginning at 9 a.m.

    G. Request for Use of City Property Great River Days Parade

    This request is for the use of city property for the Great River Days parade. The event will take place on August 1, 2015 with an 11 a.m. start time.

    * Items 12A-B - Communications Receive and File

    A. Muscatine County Board of Supervisors – February 23, 2015, March 2, 2015 (AM) and March 2, 2015 (PM)

    B. Recreation Advisory Commission Minutes – January 14, 2015

    * Bills*

    * Approval of attached Bills for Approval totaling $1,330,666.79, as well as the receipt summary and journal entries for February 2015, is subject to the approval of any related agenda item(s). 

       
  6. MINUTES – APPROVAL 

  7. PUBLIC HEARING 

    1. Proposed Vacation of Utility Easements on Clermont Drive

      This public hearing concerns the proposed vacation of utility easements on Clermont Drive. A request has been received for the vacation of a 10’ wide utility easement composed of two adjoining 5’ utility easements located on Lots 7 and 8 of the Riverbend Second Addition on Clermont Drive. Prior to any 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 

    1. At this time Mayor Hopkins will read the proclamation designating April 2, 2015 as “Junior Achievement Day” adopted at the February 19, 2015 City Council meeting. 

  10. FROM THE PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION 

  11. FROM THE CITY ADMINISTRATOR 

    1. First Reading of an Ordinance Amending Title 1 Administrative, Chapter 6 Mayor and City Council, Section 2 Salary of Mayor and Section 5 Salary of City Council 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is the first reading of an ordinance amending Title 1 Administrative, Chapter 6 Mayor and City Council, Section 2 Salary of Mayor and Section 5 Salary of City Council. The Mayor’s salary will increase to $7,000 effective January 1, 2015. The salary for City Council will increase to $4,400 effective January 1, 2015.

      Is there a motion to approve the first reading of the ordinance as submitted? 

    2. Resolution Approving Vacation of Utility Easements on Clermont Drive 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a resolution approving the vacation of utility easements on Clermont Drive. A request has been received for the vacation of a 10’ wide utility easement composed of two adjoining 5’ utility easements located on Lots 7 and 8 of the Riverbend Second Addition on Clermont Drive.

      Is there a motion to adopt the resolution as submitted? 

    3. Resolution Approving Official Pay Plan for Non-Union Employees of the City of Muscatine Effective July 1, 2015 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a resolution approving the official pay plan for non-union employees of the City of Muscatine effective July 1, 2015. The pay plan for the 2015/2016 includes the addition of the Communications Manager and reflects the 2.5% increase budgeted by City Council.

      Is there a motion to adopt the resolution as submitted? 

    4. Resolution Approving Internal Advance for Matching Funds for the Mercer-Muscatine Revolving Loan Fund for the Downtown Hotel/Conference Facility Project 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a resolution approving an internal advance for matching funds for the Mercer-Muscatine Revolving Loan Fund for the Downtown Hotel/Conference Facility Project. Cities in Iowa are required to certify the amount of TIF funds to be claimed for each TIF district no later than December 1 of the year prior to the fiscal year for which the funds will be collected. This internal advance in the amount of $67,500 will fund the local match for the Riverview Hotel Development. This match will be funded from future incremental taxes from this TIF area.

      Is there a motion to adopt the resolution as submitted? 

    5. Resolution Authorizing Assessment of Unpaid Abatement Costs to Private Properties 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a resolution authorizing the assessment of unpaid abatement costs to private properties. Periodically city staff provides to City Council a request for the assessment of nuisance abatement costs against private property owners. At this time staff is forwarding the assessment list for unpaid abatement costs totaling $7,793.69.

      Is there a motion to adopt the resolution as submitted? 

    6. Resolution Setting Public Hearing for Public Comment on the Muscatine Municipal Housing Agency Plan 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a resolution setting a public hearing for public comment on the Muscatine Municipal Housing Agency (MMHA) Plan. Certain modifications and revisions have been completed to update the Plan. The public is invited to comment regarding the changes. A public notice must be published at least 45 days before the hearing date.

      Is there a motion to adopt the resolution as submitted? 

    7. Resolution of Support and IEDA Application for Tax Increment Financing 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a Resolution of Support for the submission of an application to the IEDA for the High Quality Jobs Program.

      Is there a motion to adopt the resolution as submitted? 

    8. Resolution Setting Public Hearing on Vacation of Utility Easements 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a resolution setting a public hearing on the vacation of utility easements. The request is for the vacation of a 10’ wide utility easement composted of two adjoining 5’ utility easements located on Lots 2 and 3 of the Hubbard Prairie Subdivision on 57th Street. The intent is to combine the two parcels. Prior to any formal action by City Council, a public hearing is required. This hearing will take place on Thursday, April 16, 2015, at 7:00 p.m.

      Is there a motion to adopt the resolution as submitted? 

    9. Resolution Setting Public Hearing on the Rezoning of Property at Fletcher and Hershey Avenue 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a resolution setting a public hearing on the rezoning of property at Fletcher Avenue and Hershey Avenue. A request has been submitted to rezone the northern .8 acres of a 1.74 parcel located along the east side of Fletcher Avenue just north of Hershey Avenue from R-3 Single Family Residential to R-5 Multi-Family. Approval of this request would place the entire parcel within the R-5 District and allow for the construction of three apartment buildings. Prior to any formal action by City Council, a public hearing is required. This hearing will take place on Thursday, April 2, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. 

      Is there a motion to adopt the resolution as submitted? 

    10. Request to Accept Bid for Transitioning of Police Department’s Squad Car Equipment 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a request to accept the bid for transitioning of the Police Department’s squad car equipment. The equipment to be changed over to the newly purchased squads include the transfer of radios, partitions and computer equipment. Three bids were received for the removal and reinstallation of the equipment with the low bid from Electronic Engineering in the amount of $11,563. Staff is requesting that City Council accept the low bid. 

      Is there a motion to approve the request as submitted? 

    11. Request to Approve Professional Services Agreement for Mulberry Avenue Reconstruction Project 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a request to approve a professional services agreement for the Mulberry Avenue Reconstruction Project. It is necessary to have a consultant perform the design of the project. The city has selected Shoemaker-Haaland of Coralville to do the design at a cost of $123,907 which includes $4,765 for reimbursable expenses. 

      Is there a motion to approve the request as submitted? 

  12. COMMUNICATIONS - RECEIVE AND FILE 

  13. APPROVAL OF BILLS 

    It is recommended bills totaling $1,330,666.79, as well as the receipt summary and journal entries for February 2015, 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