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AGENDA
REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MEETING
THURSDAY, APRIL 16, 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 – April 2, 2015

    B. In-Depth City Council Minutes – April 9, 2015

    * Items 8A-G – Petitions and Communications

    A. Second reading for a new Class “B” Wine Permit, Class “C” Beer Permit and Sunday Sales for Creations by Oz, 110 East 2nd Street – Melissa Osborne (pending inspections)

    B. Request for renewal of a Class “B” Wine Permit, Class “C” Beer Permit, Class “E” Liquor License and Sunday Sales for Wal-Mart Supercenter #559, 3003 North Highway 61 – Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (pending inspections)

    C. Request for renewal of a Class “C” Liquor License and Outdoor Sales for La Guadalajara Restaurant, 208 East 2nd Street – La Guadalajara Restaurant LLC (pending inspections and insurance)

    D. 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 beginning on May 1, 2015 and ending on October 31, 2015. It will take place every Saturday in the parking lot at 3rd and Cedar streets and will run from 6 a.m. until noon.

    E. Request from Missipi Brewing Company for Use of City Property for 4th of July Celebration/Street Dance

    This request is for the closure of Iowa Avenue from Mississippi Drive to 2nd Street for a 4th of July celebration/street dance. The request for closure is for July 3, 2015 at 8 a.m. through July 5, 2015 at noon.

    F. Request to Approve Write Off of Transfer Station Accounts Receivable

    The city began legal proceedings against L&M Waste in 2014. As part of those proceedings, the city attorney’s staff met with the owner of L&M and it was determined they have had very limited resources. A settlement amount of $26,597.09 was agreed upon in the fall of 2014 and was paid on April 2, 2015.

    * Items 9A-B – From the Mayor

    A. Proclamation Declaring May 3-9, 2015 as “Drinking Water Week”

    B. Proclamation Declaring May 2015 as “National Preservation Month”

    * Items 12A-D - Communications Receive and File

    A. Muscatine County Board of Supervisors – March 30, 2015

    B. MP&W Communications Utility – February 2015

    C. MP&W Electric Utility – February 2015

    D. MP&W Water Utility – February 2015

    * Bills*

    * Approval of attached Bills for Approval totaling $1,533,001.89, which includes journal entries and receipt summaries for March 2015, is subject to the approval of any related agenda item(s). 

  6. MINUTES – APPROVAL 

  7. PUBLIC HEARING 

    1. Proposed Vacation of Utility Easements in the Hubbard Prairie Subdivision

      The public hearing concerns the proposed vacation of utility easements in the Hubbard Prairie Subdivision. 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.

      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. Final 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 

      Is there a motion to adopt on final reading the ordinance amending Title 1 Administrative, Chapter 6 Mayor and City Council, Section 2 Salary of Mayor and Section 5 Salary of City Council and to direct for its publication as required by law? 

    2. Second Reading of an Ordinance Rezoning Property in the City of Muscatine from R-3 Single Family Residential to R-5 Multi-Family 

      Is there a motion to approve the second reading of an ordinance rezoning property in the City of Muscatine from R-3 Single Family Residential to R-5 Multi-Family? 

    3. Resolution Approving the Vacation of Utility Easements in the Hubbard Prairie Subdivision 

      Is there a motion to adopt the resolution as submitted? 

    4. Resolution Setting Time and Place of Public Hearing on Proposal to Adopt a Municipal Code of Revised Ordinances 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a resolution setting a public hearing on adoption of a proposal to adopt Titles 1-10 and 13-15 of a Municipal Code of Revised Ordinances of 2015 and the adoption by reference of the 2015 International Building, Mechanical, and Plumbing Codes. Work has been completed by city staff and the city attorney’s office on updating the City of Muscatine’s current City Code which is now ready for adoption. Prior to formal action by City Council, a public hearing is required. This public hearing will be held on Thursday, May 7, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. 

      The proposed City Code documents can be viewed at www.muscatineiowa.gov/proposedcitycode.


      Is there a motion to adopt the resolution as submitted? 

             
    5. Resolution Approving the Contract and Bond for the West Hill Sanitary and Storm Sewer Separation Project – Phase III 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a resolution approving the contract and bond for the West Hill Sanitary and Storm Sewer Separation Project – Phase III. City Council took action at the April In-Depth meeting to award the contract to Hagerty Earthworks in the amount of $4,988,668. It is now necessary to approve the contract and bond.

      Is there a motion to adopt the resolution as submitted? 

    6. Resolution Setting a Public Hearing on the 2015 Sidewalk Construction Program 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a resolution setting a public hearing on the 2015 Sidewalk Construction Program. To begin the process of addressing safe routes to school, the city and school district staff identified the five highest priority gaps in current sidewalk and trail network, with the focus on creating safe routes to school. These five routes form the 2015 Sidewalk Construction Program. Prior to any formal action by City Council, a public hearing is required. This hearing will take place on Thursday, May 7, 2015, at 7:00 p.m.

      Is there a motion to adopt the resolution as submitted?
       
    7. Resolution Authorizing Assessment of Unpaid Abatement Costs and Rental Inspection Fees to Private Properties

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a resolution authorizing the assessment of unpaid abatement costs and rental inspection fees to private properties. Periodically city staff provides to City Council a request for the assessment of nuisance abatement costs and unpaid rental inspection fees against private property owners. At this time staff is forwarding the assessment list for unpaid abatement and rental inspection costs totaling $8,602.29.

      Is there a motion to adopt the resolution as submitted?


  12. COMMUNICATIONS - RECEIVE AND FILE 

  13. APPROVAL OF BILLS 

    It is recommended bills totaling $1,533,001.89, which includes journal entries and receipt summaries for March 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