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AGENDA
REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MEETING
THURSDAY, AUGUST 20, 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 - Approval of City Council Minutes

    A. Regular City Council Minutes – August 6, 2015

    * Items 8A-E – Petitions and Communications

    A. Request for renewal of an Outdoor Service Permit for Boonie’s On The Avenue, 214 Iowa Avenue – Boonie’s on the Avenue LLC (pending inspections)

    B. Request for renewal of a Class “C” Liquor License, Outdoor Service and Sunday Sales for Buffalo Wild Wings, 2608 – 2nd Avenue – Blazin’ Wings Inc. (pending inspections)

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

    D. Request for renewal of a Class “C” Liquor License, Outdoor Sales and Sunday Sales for American Legion Club, 110 S. Houser Street – Edward H Bitzer Post No. 27 (pending inspections and insurance)

    E. Request to Approve Application for Revitalization Property Tax Abatement

    * Item 9A-B – From the Mayor

    A. Proclamation Declaring September 2015 as “Childhood Cancer Awareness Month”

    B. Appointment of Therese Finney to the Transportation Advisory Commission

    * Items 12A-D – Receive and File

    A. Muscatine County Board of Supervisors – July 27, 2015 & August 3, 2015

    B. MP&W Communications Utility - June 2015

    C. MP&W Electric Utility – June 2015

    D. MP&W Water Utility – June 2015

    * Bills*

    * Approval of attached Bills for Approval totaling $1,627,558.56 is subject to the approval of any related agenda item(s). 

  6. MINUTES – APPROVAL 

  7. PUBLIC HEARING 

    1. Proposed Vacation of Utility in the Riverbend Addition on Baton Rouge Road

      A request has been received to vacate a 10’ wide utility easement composed of two adjoining 5’ utility easements located on Lots 3 and 4 of the Riverbend Fifth Addition on Baton Route Road. The property owner plans to combine these two parcels making these utility easements unnecessary. 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. Resolution Vacating Certain Utility Easements on Lots 3 and 4 of the Riverbend Fifth Addition on Baton Rouge Road 

      Is there a motion to adopt the resolution as submitted? 

    2. Resolution Approving the Final Plat for the Riggan’s Subdivision 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a resolution approving the final plat for the Riggan’s Subdivision. This property is located at the northwest corner of the intersection of 49th Street and Stewart Road but within two miles of the City of Muscatine. Approval of this subdivision will allow the existing uses to continue.

      Is there a motion to adopt the resolution as submitted? 

    3. Resolution Relating to Financing of Certain Proposed Projects to be Undertaken by the City of Muscatine; Establishing Compliance with Reimbursement Bond Regulations Under the Internal Revenue Code 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a resolution relating to the financing of certain proposed projects to be undertaken by the City of Muscatine and establishing compliance with reimbursement bond regulations under the Internal Revenue Code. The IRS requires that cities identify projects that may be financed in whole or in part through the issuance of general obligation bonds. Bids have been received on several of the projects to be funded in whole or in part from the city’s next bond issue scheduled for the spring of 2016. The projected additional local share of the cost of projects has been included as part of this resolution.

      Is there a motion to adopt the resolution as submitted? 

    4. Resolution Approving the Contract and Bond for the Diana Queen Drive Extension Project 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a resolution approving the contract and bond for the Diana Queen Drive Extension Project. City Council took action to award the contract to Heuer Construction in the amount of $277,679.78 at its August 6, 2015 City Council meeting. It is now necessary to approve the contract and bond for the project.

      Is there a motion to adopt the resolution as submitted? 

    5. Resolution Authorizing the 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 the city takes action to assess unpaid nuisance abatement costs and rental inspection fees to private properties. The fee being requested for assessment at this time totals $8,562.72.

      Is there a motion to adopt the resolution as submitted? 

             
    6. Request to Approve Engineering Services Agreement for the Musser Park to Wiggens Road Trail

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a request to approve an engineering services agreement for the Musser Park to Wiggens Road Trail. To expedite the design of this new trail route, a proposal was solicited from Lutz Engineering to develop a new plan and profile sheets for the trail. The proposal is an amount not to exceed $13,000 and also includes the fee to design and coordinate the Dick Drake Way trail crossing with the CP Rail.

      Is there a motion to approve the request as submitted? 

    7. Request to Approve a Federal Aid Agreement Between the City of Muscatine and the Iowa Department of Transportation for the Mulberry Avenue Reconstruction Project 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a request to approve a Federal Aid Agreement between the City of Muscatine and the Iowa Department of Transportation for the Mulberry Avenue Reconstruction Project. State and federal funding will be used to pay for a portion of the Mulberry Avenue Reconstruction Project from Palms Drive to Houser Street. In order to complete the Federal Aid process, it is necessary to approve and submit the Federal Aid Agreement to the IDOT. Federal funds available for this project through the Bi-State Regional Planning Commission total $1.2 million.

      Is there a motion to approve the request as submitted? 

    8. Request to Accept Grant Agreement Between the City of Muscatine and the Iowa Department of Transportation for Electrical Improvements at the Municipal Airport 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a request to accept a grant agreement between the City of Muscatine and the Iowa Department of Transportation for electrical improvements at the Municipal Airport. The city was notified that the IDOT has approved the application for updates to the airport electrical system. The project consists of a grounding grid, surge protection, and a new regulator. The grant agreement will permit the city to design and construct the electrical improvements with a total state allocation of $61,625 with a local match of $10,875 for a total project cost of $72,500. Construction is anticipated to begin the late fall of 2015. Local funding for this project is being added to the spring 2016 bond issue.

      Is there a motion to approve the request as submitted? 

    9. Request from Parks and Recreation Department to Approve City of Muscatine Deer Hunt for 2015/2016 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a request from the Parks and Recreation Department to approve the City of Muscatine deer hunt for 2015/2016. The hunt will run from September 19, 2015 through January 10, 2016. Hunters will be required to pass a proficiency test.

      Is there a motion to approve the request as submitted? 

    10. Request to Authorize Submission of REAP Grant Application for the Boat Harbor and Trail Embankment Restoration Project

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a request to authorize the submission of a REAP grant application for the Boat Harbor and Trail Embankment Restoration Project. The city currently has $20,000 budgeted for rip-rapping the harbor wall and $70,000 for rip-rapping the levee from Pearl City Station to the Millennium Plaza. Staff is requesting City Council approve the submittal of a REAP grant application of $125,00 available through the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to assist with this project and to replace the long dock in the harbor at no additional cost to the city.

      Is there a motion to approve the request as submitted? 

  12. COMMUNICATIONS - RECEIVE AND FILE 

  13. APPROVAL OF BILLS 

    It is recommended bills totaling $1,627,558.56 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