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AGENDA
THURSDAY, JANUARY 17, 2013
REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MEETING
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. January 3, 2013 City Council Minutes

    B. January 10, 2013 In-Depth Minutes


    * Items 8A-J - Petitions and Communications 

    A. Second reading for a Class “B” Wine Permit, Class “C” Beer Permit and Sunday Sales for GM Food Mart, 2881 Highway 61 – Nanak Express LLC (pending inspections) 

    B. Second reading for a new Class “C” Liquor License and Sunday Sales for Palms Theatre, Muscatine, 3611 Palms Drive – RL Fridley Theatres Inc. (pending inspections and insurance)

    C. First reading for a new Class “C” Liquor License for Delta Waterfowl, 3200 Lucas Street – Delta Waterfowl Foundation (pending inspections and insurance)

    D. Request for renewal of a Class “E” Wine Permit, Class “C” Beer Permit, and Sunday Sales for Wholesale Food Outlet #312, 807 Grandview Avenue – Nash-Finch Company (pending inspections)

    E. Request for renewal of a Class “E” Liquor License and Catering Privilege for Francesca Vitale’s, 128 E. 2nd Street – The Sicilian Pizza & Subs, LLC (pending inspections and insurance)

    F. Request to Approve Use of City Property for Great River Days Parade

    The parade date is Saturday, July 2, 2013. Lineup is 9:00 a.m. and kickoff at 11:00 a.m. The parade is expected to last one hour.

    G. Request to Approve Use of City Property for Great River Days Community Celebration

    The event will take place on the riverfront on July 22-28, 2013. This event has been endorsed by the Recreation Advisory Commission. It is staff’s recommendation this request be approved subject to the following conditions:

    • The group agrees to work with city staff to develop a site plan to include the location of the beer tent that is not in violation of the City Code.
    • The group agrees to obtain the appropriate permits and licenses from all appropriate regulatory agencies as required.
    • The group provides the appropriate Certificates of Insurance prior to the event.
    • The group representatives attend all pre-event meetings.
    • The group agrees to pay all appropriate facility and event fees to include but not limited to restoration fees.

    H. Request to Approve Use of City Property for the Annual Melon City Criterium

    The request is to close Weed Park to vehicular traffic on Sunday, May 26, 2013, from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. for the 35th Annual Melon City Criterium Bike Race. This annual event has been endorsed by the Recreation Advisory Commission.

    I. Request to Approve Use of City Property for the 2013 Muscatine Boat Show

    This event will take place on the riverfront on June 5-9, 2013 from 6:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. daily. This event has been endorsed by the Recreation Advisory Commission.

    J. Request to Approve Use of City Property for the HNI Corporation Company Picnic

    This request is to close Weed Park on Sunday, August 18, 2013, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. This request also includes the closure of the Aquatic Center to the public. The event has been endorsed by the Recreation Advisory Commission.


    * Items 12A-B - Communications Receive and File

    A. Muscatine County Board of Supervisors – December 17, 2012

    B. Zoning Board of Adjustment – December 4, 2012


    * Bills*

    * Approval of attached Bills for Approval totaling $1,928,671.04 is subject to the approval of any related agenda item(s). 

  6. MINUTES – APPROVAL 

  7. PUBLIC HEARING 

    1. Proposed Rezoning within the Ripley’s Mobile Home Park

      This public hearing pertains to a proposed rezoning within the Ripley’s Mobile Home Park. Ripley’s Development Corporation, who is the deed holder for 8.25 acres located in the mobile home park, is requesting the rezoning of this property to C-1 in conjunction with the submission of a preliminary/final plat for a six-lot commercial subdivision. The Planning & Zoning Commission unanimously recommends the approval of this request. Prior to any formal action by City Council, a public hearing is required.

      Now is the time for the public to comment. 

    2. Proposed General Obligation Refunding Loan Agreement

      This public hearing pertains to a proposed General Obligation Refunding Loan Agreement. The city’s financial consultant has analyzed and proposed a refunding of the final three years of the city’s June 1, 2006 general obligation bond issue. It is projected the city will realize an interest savings estimated at $50,920 over the three years after taking into consideration the refunding bond issuance costs. 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 Rezoning Property within the Ripley’s Mobile Home Park 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is the first reading of an ordinance rezoning property within the Ripley’s Mobile Home Park. Ripley’s Development Corporation, who is the deed holder for 8.25 acres located in the mobile home park, is requesting the rezoning of this property to C-1 in conjunction with the submission of a preliminary/final plat for a six-lot commercial subdivision.

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

    2. Resolution Taking Additional Action to Enter Into a Loan Agreement and Authorizing Use of Preliminary Terms of Offering Therewith 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a resolution taking additional action to enter into a loan agreement and authorizing use of Preliminary Terms of Offering therewith. The city’s financial consultant has analyzed and proposed a refunding of the final three years of the city’s June 1, 2006 general obligation bond issue. It is projected the city will realize an interest savings estimated at $50,920 over the three years after taking into consideration the refunding bond issuance costs.

      Is there a motion to adopt the resolution as submitted? 

    3. Resolution Authorizing Submission of a Community Development Block Grant Application for Downtown Revitalization in the City of Muscatine 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a resolution authorizing the submission of a Community Development Block Grant application for downtown revitalization in the City of Muscatine. The Iowa Economic Development Authority has opened its application window for its CDBG Downtown Revitalization Program. Successful applications from communities the size of Muscatine could be awarded up to $500,000 for building façade improvements and other downtown revitalization projects. To qualify for the program, applications must meet one of several national objectives. The Muscatine Community Development staff has identified the slum or blight national objective as the best suited for an application from the city.

      Is there a motion to adopt the resolution as submitted? 

    4. Resolution Approving Amendments to the Muscatine Municipal Housing Agency Capital Improvements Program Grant 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a resolution approving amendments to the Muscatine Municipal Housing Agency Capital Improvements Program Grant. On March 12, 2012 the MMHA was awarded $151,875 in grants from HUD’s Capital Funding Program. The City Council, acting as the MMHA Board of Commissioners, has the authority to amend its annual plan without HUD approval. At this time the MMHA is requesting authorization to move the $151,875 from the property improvements line item to operations. This will allow the MMHA to reduce the regulatory burden with this program.

      Is there a motion to adopt the resolution as submitted? 

    5. Request from Muscatine Municipal Housing Agency to Authorize Submission of Grant Application 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a request from the Muscatine Municipal Housing Agency to authorize the submission of a grant application to the United Way. The MMHA staff has completed the United Way grant application for 2014 and is requesting $15,000 to support the fiscal year 2014 Sunset Park after school program operation. The United Way requires this request and budget be considered and approved for submission by the MMHA Board of Commissioners.

      Is there a motion by the MMHA Board of Commissioners to approve this request and budget for submission? 

    6. Request to Approve Purchase of New Fire Engine 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a request to purchase a new red fire engine. Two bids were received and included prepayment discounts. The low bid was from Pierce in the amount of $503,481. Staff worked with Pierce and identified optional deductions in the amount of $7,043 which reduced the cost of the new engine to $496,438. This includes the prepayment discount, optional deductions, and cost of the 100% performance bond. In October 2012, City Council took action to amend the fiscal year budget to allow for the purchase of the engine in an amount not to exceed $497,000.

      Is there a motion to approve the request as submitted? 

    7. Request from Police Department to Approve Purchase of Vehicle Emergency Equipment and Installation 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a request from the Police Department to approve the purchase of vehicle emergency equipment and installation. The department is proposing to purchase a siren and controller for each of the administrative and detective vehicles as well as white LED lights that would be installed in front of the headlights to aid in the ability to respond to emergencies. Two bids were received with the low bid from Racom in the amount of $7,845.90. The funding for this purchase will come from the Police Forfeiture Fund.

      Is there a motion to approve the request as submitted? 

    8. Request to Approve Golf Cart Lease and Maintenance Agreement 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a request to approve a golf cart lease and maintenance agreement. Three price quotes were received with the total price including lease of carts, annual delivery, winter storage, and regular and seasonal maintenance. The lowest responsible quote was from Harris Golf Carts of Peosta, Iowa, in the amount of $621.54 annually per cart. As the financing institution does not perform cart service and the maintenance provider does not offer financing, it is necessary to approve both a financing agreement and a maintenance agreement. It is staff’s recommendation that City Council approve a five-year golf cart lease agreement with Yamaha Motor Corporation USA in the amount of $516.54 annually for each of the 47 carts and a five-year service agreement with Harris Golf Cars for the annual maintenance of the carts in the amount of $105 per cart.

      Is there a motion to approve the request as submitted? 

    9. Request to Approve Non-Alcohol Beverage Agreement for the Golf Course 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a request to approve a non-alcohol beverage agreement for the Golf Course. The current five year agreement expires on February 28, 2013. Two vendors responded to the Request for Proposals with the recommended cost factor from Coca Cola Refreshments in the amount of $12,466.88. The “Cost Factor” demonstrates the Coca Cola Refreshments proposal is projected to cost $3,377.87 less annually and $16,889.35 less over the five year proposed agreement period. It is staff’s recommendation that City Council approve a five year agreement with Coca Cola Refreshments for non-alcohol beverages at the golf course.

      Is there a motion to approve the request as submitted? 

  12. COMMUNICATIONS - RECEIVE AND FILE 

  13. APPROVAL OF BILLS 

    It is recommended bills totaling $1,928,671.04 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 

    1. Request Approval to Enter Closed Session Per Iowa Code 21.5 to Discuss Pending Litigation 

  16. ADJOURNMENT