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AGENDA
REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MEETING
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2015
COUNCIL CHAMBERS - CITY HALL

  1. CALL TO ORDER 

  2. ROLL CALL 

  3. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE 

  4. COMMUNICATIONS – CITIZENS 

    1. Swearing In of Firefighter Cory Schaeckenbach

      At this time Mayor Hopkins will swear in Firefighter Cory Schaeckenbach. 

  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 – September 3, 2015

    B. In-Depth City Council Minutes – September 10, 2015

    * Items 8A-E – Petitions and Communications

    A. Request for renewal of a Class “B” Wine Permit, Class “C” Beer Permit and Sunday Sales for Aldi, Inc. #05, 3200 Northport Drive – Aldi Inc. (pending inspections)

    B. Request for renewal of a Class “C” Liquor License, Outdoor Service and Sunday Sales for Missipi Brewing Company, 107 Iowa Avenue – R&D Operations Ltd. (pending insurance and inspections)

    C. Request for renewal of a Class “C” Liquor License and Sunday Sales for Diamond Dave’s, 1903 Park Avenue – K&E Restaurants, Inc. (pending inspections and insurance)

    D. Request from Muscatine High School for Use of City Property for Muscatine High School Senior March 

    E. Request to Close E. 2nd Street for HNI Renovation Project 

    This request from Calacci Construction is for the closure of E. 2nd Street between Mulberry Avenue and Oak Street for the demolition of HON Building 600 and the installation of bridge pilings and foundation work for the renovation project. The closure dates are September 21, 2015 to November 4, 2015. 

    * Item 9A-C – From the Mayor

    A. Proclamation Declaring October 4-10, 2015 as “Public Power Week”

    B. Appointment of Holly Jacobi to the Civil Service Commission

    C. Request to Establish Trick-or-Treat Night for Saturday, October 31, 2015, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

    * Items 12A – Receive and File

    A. Muscatine County Board of Supervisors – August 24, 2015

    * Bills*

    * Approval of attached Bills for Approval totaling $7,176,760.12, as well as journal entries and receipt summaries for June 2015, is subject to the approval of any related agenda item(s). 

  6. MINUTES – APPROVAL 

  7. PUBLIC HEARING 

    1. Proposed Ordinance Amending Zoning Ordinance for 2107 Grandview Avenue (formerly Lamplight Inn)

      This public hearing concerns the proposed amending of the zoning ordinance for 2107 Grandview Avenue (formerly Lamplight Inn). The property owners have submitted a request to rezone a four acre parcel at this address from M-1 Light Industrial to R-R Multi Family Residential to allow for the conversion of the former Lamplight Inn into one bedroom apartments. Prior to any formal action by City Council, a public hearing must be held.

      Now is the time for the public to comment. 

    2. Proposed Vacation of Utility Easements in Lot 1 of the University Development Subdivision

      This public hearing concerns the proposed vacation of utility easements in Lot 1 of the University Development Subdivision. The request is for the vacation of a 7.5’ utility easement along the north line of Lot 1 of the University Development Subdivision located at 2701 University Drive. Vacation of the utility easement will allow for the construction of a building in this portion of the platted utility easement. Prior to formal action by City Council, a public hearing is required.

      Now is the time for the public to comment. 

    3. Proposed Vacation of Utility Easements in Lots 14 and 15 of the Riverbend Second Addition

      This public hearing concerns the proposed vacation of utility easements in Lots 14 and 15 of the Riverbend Second Addition. The property owners of 3302 Clermont, located in the Riverbend Second Addition, are requesting the vacation of a 10’ wide utility easement composed of two adjoining 5’ utility easements. The property owners plan to combine these 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. First Reading of an Ordinance Amending the Zoning Ordinance for 2107 Grandview Avenue 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is the first reading of an ordinance amending the zoning ordinance for 2107 Grandview Avenue (formerly Lamplight Inn). The property owners have submitted a request to rezone a four acre parcel at this address from M-1 Light Industrial to R-R Multi Family Residential to allow for the conversion of the former Lamplight Inn into one bedroom apartments.

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

    2. Resolution Approving Vacation of Utility Easements in Lot 1 of the University Development Subdivision 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a resolution approving the vacation of utility easements in Lot 1 of the University Development Subdivision.

      Is there a motion to adopt the resolution as submitted? 

    3. Resolution Approving Vacation of Utility Easements in Lots 14 and 15 of the Riverbend Second Addition 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a resolution approving the vacation of utility easements in Lots 14 and 15 of the Riverbend Second Addition.

      Is there a motion to adopt the resolution as submitted? 

    4. Resolution Approving the Final Plat for the Papoose Forest Subdivision 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a resolution approving the final plat for the Papoose Forest Subdivision. A request has been filed for a preliminary/final plat for this subdivision. The intent is to allow for certain property lines to be rearranged and to allow for the property owners to establish a forest reservation on a portion of the property. This subdivision will not create any developable parcels.

      Is there a motion to adopt the resolution as submitted? 

    5. Resolution Setting Public Hearing and Environmental Assessment Availability for the Proposed Improvement of Mississippi Drive from Main Street to the Norbert F. Beckey Bridge 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a resolution setting a public hearing and Environmental Assessment availability for the proposed improvement of Mississippi Drive from Main Street to the Norbert F. Beckey Bridge. The purpose of the hearing is to update the public on the progress of the project, present the completed Environmental Assessment for the study area, the draft 4(f) Statement for the Puritan Ice Building, the alternatives carried forward in the Environmental Assessment and the impacts of these alternatives, and gather feedback from the public about the project, the Environmental Assessment, and the draft 4(f) Statement. Prior to any formal action by City Council, a public hearing is required. This hearing will take place on Thursday, October 15, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers. 

      Is there a motion to adopt the resolution as submitted? 

    6. Resolution Supporting Approval and Adoption of the Muscatine County Multi-Jurisdictional Local Hazard Mitigation Plan 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a resolution supporting approval and adoption of the Muscatine County Multi-Jurisdictional Local Hazard Mitigation Plan. Cities are required to adopt the plan in order to be eligible for future FEMA funding.

      Is there a motion to adopt the resolution as submitted? 

             
    7. 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 $6,484.70.

      Is there a motion to adopt the resolution as submitted? 

    8. Resolution Approving Annual City Street Finance Report for Fiscal Year 2014/2015 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a resolution approving the Annual City Street Finance Report for Fiscal Year 2014/2015. Street-related expenditures for the year totaled $9,102,326 which includes $8,836,139 paid from city funds and funding sources and $266,187 of street lighting costs provided by Muscatine Power & Water.

      Is there a motion to adopt the resolution as submitted? 

    9. Resolution Setting Public Hearing on Urban Renewal Plan Amendment and Approval of the 2015 Urban Renewal/Development Agreement with Dorsey & Whitney LLP 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a resolution setting a public hearing on an Urban Renewal Plan Amendment and approval of the 2015 Urban Renewal/Development Agreement with Dorsey & Whitney LLP. The amendment of the Plan will facilitate the undertaking of a new urban renewal project consisting of providing tax increment financing support to Union Tank Company. Prior to any formal action by City Council, a public hearing is required. This hearing will take place on Thursday, October 15, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers. In addition, it is necessary to approve the agreement with Dorsey & Whitney LLP. 

      Is there a motion to adopt the resolution as submitted?

    10. Request to Approve Addendum to the Collection Services Agreement with Municipal Collections of America Inc. 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a request to approve an addendum to the Collection Services Agreement with Municipal Collections of America Inc. ATE fines that are not paid to GATSO are forwarded to MCOA for collection. The proposed addendum to the MCOA agreement will allow unpaid ambulance fees (as well as other unpaid invoices for other city departments) to be listed with MCOA for collections. The addendum is being proposed to improve and streamline the overall debt collection process for city departments.

      Is there a motion to approve the request as submitted? 

             
    11. Request to Approve Change Order #3 for the Mad Creek Dredge Line Project

      The boring for the dredge line needs to be upsized from a 16” to a 30” pipe to allow for the removal of large pieces of scrap concrete. The larger pipe will allow workers to safely extract the large pieces of concrete. Staff is recommending the approval of Change Order #3 which would allow work to be done by Nicol Boring Inc. under the city contract with Sulzberger Excavating at an estimated cost of $13,690. Canadian Pacific has granted a license to bore a 16” line and must approve any adjustment to the work being done.

      Is there a motion to approve the request as submitted? 

    12. Request to Approve the Airport Lease Agreement with GPC 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a request to approve an airport lease agreement with GPC. GPC has a current lease agreement with the City of Muscatine for the use of a corporate hangar they have constructed and maintained at the Muscatine Municipal Airport. Due to the significant investment they are making to expand the hangar, they are asking for approval of a new lease agreement. 

      Is there a motion to approve the request as submitted? 

    13. Request to Approve Purchase Order for the Soccer Complex Building Paint Project 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a request to approve the issuance of a purchase order for the Soccer Complex Building Paint Project. One bid was received and met the minimum requested specifications. That bid was Terry and Sons Painting in the amount of $25,550. The Fiscal Year 2014/2015 budget had $24,000 approved for this project and was carried over to the Fiscal Year 2015/2016 operating year.

      Is there a motion to approve the request as submitted? 

             
    14. Request to Close E. 2nd Street for HNI Renovation Project 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a request to close a portion of E. 2nd Street for an HNI renovation project. The request from Calacci Construction is for the closure of E. 2nd Street between Mulberry Avenue and Oak Street for the demolition of HON Building 600 and the installation of bridge piles and foundation work for the renovation project. The closure dates are September 21, 2015 to November 4, 2015. The detour routes proposed are the standard routes used previously when E. 2nd Street was closed due to construction.

      Is there a motion to approve the request as submitted? 

    15. Request to Approve Posting of “No Parking in Alley” Between Green and Main Streets off George Street 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a request to approve the posting of “No Parking in Alley” between Green and Main streets off George Street. This alley is only 16’ wide and it is difficult for snow plows to negotiate. Residents in the area have had problems with people blocking the alley with parked cars and making their driveways inaccessible. The Traffic Committee is recommending the installation of “No Parking in Alley” signs at this location.

      Is there a motion to approve the request as submitted? 

    16. Request to Approve Posting of “No Trucks” on Lucas Street Between the US Bypass and Houser Street 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a request to approve the posting of “No Trucks” on Lucas Street between the US Bypass and Houser Street. The Traffic Committee received a request to post “No Trucks” on this portion of Lucas Street. The farm implement business and Ag Learning Center will not be impacted by this restriction.

      Is there a motion to approve the request as submitted? 

    17. Request to Approve Speed Limit Change on Cedar Street from Parham to Houser Street 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a request to approve a speed limit change on Cedar Street from Parham to Houser Street. Cedar Street is now a wide, three lane roadway with a trail for the entire street’s length. Traffic volumes on the street are expected to increase. The Traffic Committee is recommending City Council take action to designate the speed limit on Cedar Street as 35 mph from Houser Street to Parham.

      Is there a motion to approve the request as submitted? 

  12. COMMUNICATIONS - RECEIVE AND FILE 

  13. APPROVAL OF BILLS 

    It is recommended bills totaling $7,176,760.12, as well as journal entries and receipt summaries for June 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