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AGENDA
THURSDAY, AUGUST 4, 2011 
REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MEETING
COUNCIL CHAMBERS - CITY HALL



  1. CALL TO ORDER 

  2. ROLL CALL 

  3. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE 

  4. COMMUNICATIONS – CITIZENS 

  5. MINUTES - APPROVAL 

    1. City Council Meeting – July 21, 2011 

  6. 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 or citizen so requests, in which event the item will be removed from the Consent Agenda and considered in its normal sequence on the Agenda.

    * 8 – A-D 
    * 13 – A-F
    * Bills*

    * Approval of attached Bills for Approval totaling $1,197,877.48 is subject to the approval of any related agenda item(s). 

  7. PUBLIC HEARING 

    1. Proposed Sale of City Property Located at 2210 Wallace Street

      This public hearing concerns the proposed sale of city property located at 2210 Wallace Street. At this time, one house remains unsold of the scattered site houses that were constructed in the 1990s. It has been utilized as a rental property by the Muscatine Municipal Housing Agency. The current occupant, who has resided in this home for many years, is now qualified to purchase this home through the city’s home ownership program. Prior to the property being sold, a public hearing is required.

      Now is the time for the public to comment. 

  8. PETITIONS AND COMMUNICATIONS 

    1. Request for Outdoor Service Permit from The Pearl in the parking lot at 101 W. Mississippi Drive for September 24-25, 2011 – Sally Bryant (pending inspections) 

    2. Request for permanent transfer from Aldi Inc. #05 from 1820 Park Avenue to 3022 Northport Drive beginning September 19, 2011 – Aldi Inc. (pending inspections) 

    3. Request for renewal of a Class BW Beer/Wine and Sunday Sales Permit for Wine-Nutz, in Pearl Plaza, 208 W. 2nd Street – BMBMG LLC (pending inspections) 

    4. Request for renewal of a Class C Liquor License for Port City Underground, 208 W. 2nd Street – Lacey Henderson-Mueller (pending inspections) 

    5. Request from the Muscatine Running Club for the Use of City Property for the Annual Watermelon Stampede 5K & 10K Race 

      The City of Muscatine has received a request from the Muscatine Running Club for the use of city property for the Annual Watermelon Stampede 5K & 10K Race on Saturday, August 20, 2011. The race will begin 8 a.m. with approximately 250 to 300 participants expected.

      Is there a motion to approve the request as submitted? 

    6. Request from Jesus Mission Church/Pearl City Outreach for Use of City Property (closure of Mulberry Avenue between 5th and 6th streets) for a Block Party 

      The City of Muscatine has received a request from the Jesus Mission Church/Pearl City Outreach for the closure of Mulberry Avenue between 5th and 6th streets for a block party on Saturday, August 27, 2011 from 10 a.m. to midnight. The actual event will take place from noon to 10 p.m.

      Is there a motion to approve the request as submitted? 

  9. FROM THE MAYOR 

  10. FROM THE PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION 

  11. FROM THE CITY ADMINISTRATOR 

    1. Second Reading of an Ordinance Changing Zoning Designation for National Guard Armory Property at 1421 Park Avenue 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is the second reading of an ordinance changing the zoning designation for the National Guard Armory property at 1421 Park Avenue. On September 6, 2007 City Council granted the State of Iowa a long-term lease of 17.276 acres of real estate located on the southeast portion of the municipal airport for the construction of a joint readiness facility for the Army Reserves and Iowa National Guard. As part of the lease agreement, an exchange was made for the current National Guard Armory property located at 1421 Park Avenue. The existing building and property at this location is zoned R-3 (Single Family Residential). In order for the city to promote the highest development for this property, a zoning change is being requested to C-1 (Neighborhood and General Commercial). The Planning and Zoning Commission has unanimously recommended the approval of the zoning change.

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

    2. Second Reading of an Ordinance Vacating an Alley Right-of-Way Remnant 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is the second reading of an ordinance vacating an alley right-of-way remnant to T.L.W. Corporation. A request has been submitted on behalf of the T.L.W. Corporation to vacate, sell and transfer an alley remnant located adjacent to the property they own that is generally bounded by Main, Pearl, Liberty, and Mill streets. The corporation owns all of the real estate including the remainder of the vacated alley right-of-way. They are now requesting that the remaining alley right-of-way be vacated, sold and transferred to them for future use. The Planning & Zoning Commission is recommending the approval of the request as submitted.

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

    3. Resolution Authorizing Sale of City Property at 2210 Wallace Street 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a resolution authorizing the sale of city property at 2210 Wallace Street. At this time, one house remains unsold of the scattered site houses that were constructed in the 1990s. It has been utilized as a rental property by the Muscatine Municipal Housing Agency. The current occupant, who has resided in this home for many years, is now qualified to purchase this home through the city’s home ownership program.

      Is there a motion to adopt the resolution as submitted? 

    4. Resolution Approving an Executed Deed for 2210 Wallace Street 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a resolution approving an executed deed for 2210 Wallace Street. City Council previously took action to authorize the sale of this property and it is now necessary to approve the executed deed.

      Is there a motion to adopt the resolution as submitted? 

    5. Resolution Awarding Contract for the Cedar Street Culvert Extensions Project 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a resolution awarding the contract for the Cedar Street Culvert Extensions Project. Three bids were received for this project with the low bid from Sulzberger Excavating in the amount of $544,652.40. The Cedar Street Renovation Project has been divided into three phases with the first phase being culvert extensions near the Wood Creek and Stonebrook subdivision entrances. It is staff’s recommendation the contract be awarded to Sulzberger Excavating.

      Is there a motion to adopt the resolution as submitted? 

    6. Resolution Awarding the Contract and Approving the Contract and Bond for the Heatherlynn Sewer Project 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a resolution awarding the contract and approving the contract and bond for the Heatherlynn Sewer Project. Bids were solicited for this project with the low bid from Sulzberger Excavating in the amount of $77,584.30. The engineer’s estimate was $63,970.50. The higher price is related to the cost for steel sheet piling and higher unit prices due to the small quantity. Revetment stone will be purchased by the city at a cost of $9,615 bringing the total project cost to $87,199.30. It is staff’s recommendation the contract be awarded to Sulzberger Excavating in the amount of $77,584.30 and the contract and bond also be approved.

      Is there a motion to adopt the resolution as submitted? 

    7. Resolution Setting Public Hearing on the Installation of Handicapped Parking Stalls on Sheridan Street for 801 Park Avenue 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a resolution setting a public hearing on the installation of handicapped parking stalls on Sheridan Street for 801 Park Avenue. A request has been received from Efrain Sanchez, owner of 801 Park Avenue, to install two designated handicapped parking spaces on the Sheridan Street side of his property. In September 2008 the City Council approved a policy establishing a uniform method for approving/disapproving requests for handicapped parking stalls in residential areas. Prior to any formal action by City Council, a public hearing is required. This hearing will be held on Thursday, August 18, 2011, at 7 p.m.

      Is there a motion to adopt the resolution as submitted? 

    8. Resolution Approving the Low Bid for the 2nd Street Apartment Parking Lot Improvements Project 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a resolution approving the low bid for the 2nd Street Apartment Parking Lot Improvements Project. Four bids were received with the low bid from Heuer Construction in the amount of $40,506.20. This project is in conjunction with Phase II of the Mad Creek Levee Improvement Project.

      Is there a motion to adopt the resolution as submitted? 

    9. Request to Approve Traffic Request 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a request to install a stop sign at the intersection of University Drive and North Port Drive. This intersection is located by the Hampton Inn, Culvers, and the Maid Right/Gamestop strip mall. With the addition of the Aldi’s Grocery Store, there is concern about the additional traffic flow on these roads. Currently the yielding right-of-way is unclear. The proposed stop sign on University Drive will allow the North Port traffic to flow without stopping.

      Is there a motion to approve the request as submitted? 

    10. Request to Purchase Tractor for Kent Stein Park 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a request to purchase a tractor for Kent Stein Park. Three bids were submitted for this purchase with the low bid from Elder Implement in the amount of $25,826. There is $28,000 budgeted for this purchase. The tractor will be used at both the Soccer Complex and Kent Stein Park on a regular basis and outside parks when needed.

      Is there a motion to approve the request as submitted? 

    11. Request to Purchase Field Painter for the Soccer Complex 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a request to purchase a field painter for the Soccer Complex. Four bids were submitted with the low bid from Sherwin Williams in the amount of $9,450. There is $9,800 budgeted for this purchase.

      Is there a motion to approve the request as submitted? 

    12. Request to Accept Land Donated to the City of Muscatine 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a request to accept land donated to the City of Muscatine. The owner of the property would like to donate the property to the city for the benefit of the youth of Muscatine. The city would incur the costs involved with the transfer of the property. In addition, within the next 20 years, if the property is used for anything other than benefiting the youth of Muscatine, it will revert back to the donor. The donation of this land will enhance the Kent Stein Park Multi-Use Area Project and allow for regulation size playing surfaces to be established. The Recreation Advisory Commission endorses the acceptance of this donation.

      Is there a motion to approve the request as submitted? 

    13. Request from Fire Department to Purchase Station and Radio Alerting System 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a request to upgrade the Fire Department’s alerting system at the Public Safety Building. Communications Engineering Company was the only vendor to respond to solicitation for bids. Their bid, in the amount of $39,612.30, meets the specifications that were developed. There is $40,600 budgeted for this upgrade.

      Is there a motion to approve the request as submitted? 

  12. COMMUNICATIONS - RECEIVE AND FILE 

    1. Muscatine County Board of Supervisors – July 11 & 18, 2011 

    2. Historic Preservation Commission – June 15, 2011 

    3. Board of Water, Electric & Communications Trustees – June 28, 2011 

    4. MP&W Communications Utility – June 2011 

    5. MP&W Electric Utility – June 2011 

    6. MP&W Water Utility – June 2011 

  13. APPROVAL OF BILLS 

    It is recommended bills totaling $1,197,877.48 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