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AGENDA
REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MEETING
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2014
COUNCIL CHAMBERS - CITY HALL




  1. CALL TO ORDER 

  2. ROLL CALL 

  3. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE 

  4. COMMUNICATIONS – CITIZENS 

    1. Blue Zones Presentation by Joni Axel 

    2. Presentation by Ann Meeker Concerning Iowa Reinvestment District Program Application

  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-C - Approval of City Council Minutes

    A. Regular City Council Minutes – February 6, 2014

    B. City Council In-Depth Minutes – February 13, 2014

    C. Budget Meeting Minutes – February 3, 5, 6, 8 & 11, 2014

    * Items 8A-G - Petitions and Communications

    A. Request for renewal of a Special Class “C” Liquor License for Francesca Vitale’s, 128 East 2nd Street – The Sicilian Pizza and Subs, LLC (pending inspections)

    B. Request for renewal of a Class “B” Wine Permit, Class “C” Beer Permit, Class “E” Liquor License and Sunday Sales for Hy-Vee Food Store, 2400 – 2nd Avenue – Hy-Vee Inc. (pending inspections)

    C. Request for Use of City Property for United Way “Pack the Bus” School Supplies Drive

    This request is for the closure of E. 2nd Street between Pine and Chestnut streets for the United Way “Pack the Bus” school supplies drive. It will take place on June 28, 2014 from 1 to 4 p.m. with setup beginning at 10 a.m.

    D. Request for Use of City Property for Bicycling Event for Awareness of Pancreatic Cancer

    This request is for the use of the Pearl City Station and bike path going toward Highway 22. This first-time event to raise awareness and funds for pancreatic cancer will take place on June 28, 2014 from approximately 6 a.m. to midnight. The organizer of the event may request June 27th for preparations.

    E. Request for Use of City Property for 4th of July Activities

    This request from the Greater Muscatine Chamber of Commerce & Industry is for the use of city property for the 4th of July activities. The activities will take place on 2nd Street (parade), the riverfront, and Pearl City Station.

    F. Request from Muscatine School District for Temporary Closure of E. 9th Street

    This request is for the temporary closure of E. 9th Street between Mulberry Avenue and Cedar Street during the construction of the new Jefferson Elementary School and demolition of the existing school beginning in mid-April 2014 and ending July 1, 2015. This temporary closure will be conditioned upon the school district maintaining ingress and egress for residential property owners fronting on E. 9th Street.

    G. Request to Approve Two Tax Abatement Applications Under the 2013 Tax Abatement Program

    The 2013 Muscatine Housing Urban Revitalization Area and Plan, adopted by the City Council on May 13, 2013, extends tax abatement to eligible properties located within the designated areas of the city. Property owners are required to submit an application for City Council consideration and approval which will then be forwarded to the Muscatine County Assessor who will make the final determination of the assessed valuation of improvements to the property. Once the final assessed valuation is determined to meet the Plan requirements, the improvements are granted tax abatements under the program.

    * Items 12A-B - Communications Receive and File

    A. Muscatine County Board of Supervisors – February 2 & 10, 2014

    B. Planning & Zoning Commission – January 17, 2014 

    C. City of Muscatine Financial Reports – December 2013

    * Bills*

    * Approval of attached Bills for Approval totaling $7,443,767.59, which includes receipt summaries and journal entries for September through December 2013, is subject to the approval of any related agenda item(s). 

  6. MINUTES – APPROVAL 

  7. PUBLIC HEARING 

    1. Proposed Institution of Proceedings to Enter Into a Loan Agreement and Borrow Money in Amount Not to Exceed $2,600,000

      This public hearing concerns the proposed institution of proceedings to enter into a loan agreement and borrow money in an amount not to exceed $2.6 million. This loan agreement is for constructing street improvements, acquiring ambulance equipment, constructing improvements to the municipal airport, and installation of an emergency siren. Prior to any formal action by City Council, a public hearing is required.

      Now is the time for the public to comment. 

    2. Proposed Institution of Proceedings to Enter Into a Loan Agreement and Borrow Money in Amount Not to Exceed $40,000

      This public hearing concerns the proposed institution of proceedings to enter into a loan agreement and borrow money in an amount not to exceed $40,000. This loan agreement is for constructing improvements to the municipal library. Prior to any formal action by City Council, a public hearing is required.

      Now is the time for the public to comment. 

    3. Proposed Amendment for the Consolidated Muscatine Urban Renewal Area

      This public hearing concerns a proposed amendment to the Consolidated Muscatine Urban Renewal Area. The city is considering the use of tax increment financing in support of the H.J. Heinz Company’s expansion of their manufacturing facilities, operation and workforce within the Urban Renewal Area. Prior to any formal action by City Council, a public hearing is required.

      Now is the time for the public to comment. 

    4. Proposed Development Agreement with the H.J. Heinz Company Including Annual Appropriation Tax Increment Payments

      This public hearing concerns a proposed development agreement with the H.J. Heinz Company including annual appropriation tax increment payments. The previous public hearing concerned the proposed amendment of the Consolidated Muscatine Urban Renewal Area to allow for the use of tax increment financing in support of the H.J. Heinz Company’s expansion. This hearing concerns the proposed development agreement with the H.J. Heinz Company. Prior to any formal action by City Council, a public hearing is required.

      Now is the time for the public to comment. 

    5. Proposed Imposition of Civil Penalties for Violation of Tobacco Law

      This hearing concerns the proposed imposition of civil penalties for violation of the Tobacco Law.

      Now is the time for interested parties to comment. 

  8. PETITIONS AND COMMUNICATIONS 

  9. FROM THE MAYOR 

  10. FROM THE PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION 

  11. FROM THE CITY ADMINISTRATOR 

    1. Resolution Combining and Authorizing Loan Agreements and Future Issuance of General Obligation Corporate Purpose Bonds and Providing for Levy of Taxes to Pay Same 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a resolution combining and authorizing loan agreements and future issuance of General Obligation Purpose Bonds and providing for the levy of taxes to pay same. As discussed during the 2014/2015 budget process, the city is planning to issue a total of $2,575,000 in General Obligation Bonds to be dated June 2, 2014. Of this amount, $2.6 million is for constructing street improvements, acquiring ambulance equipment, constructing improvements to the municipal airport, and installation of an emergency siren and $40,000 is for constructing improvements to the municipal library.

      Is there a motion to adopt the resolution as submitted? 

    2. Resolution Approving Urban Renewal Plan Amendment for the Consolidated Muscatine Urban Renewal Area 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a resolution approving an urban renewal plan amendment for the Consolidated Muscatine Urban Renewal Area. The city is considering the use of tax increment financing in support of the H.J. Heinz Company’s expansion of their manufacturing facilities, operation and workforce within the Urban Renewal Area.

      Is there a motion to adopt the resolution as submitted? 

    3. Resolution Approving Development Agreement with H.J. Heinz Company and Authorizing Annual Appropriation Tax Increment Payments and Pledging Certain Tax Increment Revenues to the Payment of the Agreement 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a resolution approving a development agreement with the H.J. Heinz Company and authorizing annual appropriation tax increment payments and pledging certain tax increment revenues to the payment of the agreement. In previous action City Council took action to approve an amendment to the Consolidated Urban Renewal Area. The next step is to approve the development agreement in support of H.J. Heinz Company’s expansion of their manufacturing facilities, operation and workforce.

      Is there a motion to adopt the resolution as submitted? 

    4. Resolution Authorizing the Internal Advance of Funds for Weed Park Project 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a resolution authorizing the internal advance of funds for the Weed Park Project. Cities in Iowa are required to certify the amount of TIF funds to be claimed for each TIF district no later than December 1 of the year prior to the fiscal year for which the funds will be collected. The city has budgeted to fund the new Weed Park Maintenance Building from incremental taxes from the Northeast Urban Renewal Area that was amended in recent years to include properties in the Colorado Street area. In November 2013 City Council approved an internal advance in the amount of $19,900 for the architectural services for the new maintenance building. The action tonight provides for an internal advance of $405,000 for the balance of the project costs. This internal advance (loan) will be repaid over a three-year period from fiscal year 2014/2015 through 2016/2017.

      Is there a motion to adopt the resolution as submitted? 

    5. Resolution Setting Public Hearing on Annual Application for State and Federal Transit Funds 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a resolution setting a public hearing on the annual application for state and federal transit funds for fiscal year 2014/2014. This public hearing will be held on Thursday, March 20, 2014, at 7:00 p.m.

      Is there a motion to adopt the resolution as submitted? 

    6. Resolution Awarding and Approving Contract and Bond for the Cedar Street Water Adjustments Project 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a resolution awarding and approving the contract and bond for the Cedar Street Water Adjustments Project. Four bids were received for this project with the low bid from Sulzberger Excavating in the amount of $69,587. The engineer’s estimate for this project was $73,220.

      Is there a motion to adopt the resolution as submitted? 

    7. Resolution Approving the Contract and Bond for the Cedar Street Reconstruction Project 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a resolution approving the contract and bond for the Cedar Street Reconstruction Project. At its February 6, 2014 meeting, City Council awarded the contract for this project to All American Concrete in the amount of $3,501,154.97. It is now necessary to approve the contract and bond.

      Is there a motion to adopt the resolution as submitted? 

    8. Request to Approve Spring Cleanup Week 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a request to approve Spring Cleanup Week for April 21-25, 2014. This event, held in conjunction with Earth Day and Keeping Muscatine Beautiful, assists residents in cleaning up their yards and homes.

      Is there a motion to approve the request as submitted? 

    9. Request Approval to Use Taylor Park for Community Garden Program 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a request to approve the use of Taylor Park for a Community Garden Program. This project stems from the Leadership Muscatine program and is a Blue Zones initiative. The proposed community garden project will be self-sustaining. Three grant applications submitted to Hy-Vee were funded totaling $2,250. Taylor Park was chosen as the site for the location of the community garden project.

      Is there a motion to approve the request as submitted?

    10. Request to Approve Postage Equipment Lease 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a request to approve a postage equipment lease. The current five-year lease agreement with Pitney Bowes for the city’s postage equipment expires this month. Bids were solicited for a new lease from two vendors with the low bid from Pitney Bowes for a 60-month lease totaling $8,509.80.

      Is there a motion to approve the request as submitted? 

  12. COMMUNICATIONS - RECEIVE AND FILE 

  13. APPROVAL OF BILLS 

    It is recommended bills totaling $7,443,767.59, which includes receipt summaries and journal entries for September through December 2013, 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 to Enter Closed Session Per Iowa State Code 21.5 for Potential Litigation and Property Acquisition 

  16. ADJOURNMENT