North Liberty City Council
December 13, 2016
Call to order
At 6:30 p.m., Mayor Amy Nielsen called the December 13, 2016 Regular Session of the North Liberty City Council to order. Council members present: Terry Donahue, Chris Hoffman, Annie Pollock, Jim Sayre and Brian Wayson.
Others present: Ryan Heiar, Tracey Mulcahey, Scott Peterson, Kevin Trom, Dean Wheatley, Megan Benischek and other interested parties.
Approval of the Agenda
Pollock moved, Hoffman seconded to approve the agenda. The vote was all ayes. Agenda approved.
Hoffman moved, Sayre seconded to approve the Consent Agenda including City Council Minutes, Regular Session, November 22, 2016; City Council Minutes, Special Session, November 29, 2016; the attached list of claims; the Liquor License Renewal for Red’s Alehouse, Class C Liquor License with outdoor service and Sunday sales; Pay Application Number 15R for the Phase II WWTP Improvements Project, Tricon Construction Group, $244,291.40; Pay Application Number 9 for the North Liberty Road/Dubuque Street Project, Streb Construction Co, Inc.,$34,493.37; Pay Application Number 2 for the Phase I Water System Improvements Division 1 – Water Treatment Plant, Portzen Construction, Inc., $261,774.71; Pay Application Number 4 for the SRF Sponsored Water Quality Project, Metro Pavers, $145,244.55; and Pay Application Number 9 for the Penn Street ICAAP Project, Metro Pavers, $3,570.00. The vote was all ayes. Consent agenda approved.
No public comment was offered.
City Planner Report
City Planner Wheatley had no report.
City Engineer Report
City Engineer Trom reported that not much has changed project wise. The final plans for Penn Street have been submitted to IDOT for a February 21 bid letting. The water maintenance and brine storage facility was reviewed in a meeting with staff to comment on 50% complete plans. The next step is 90% complete plans due in late January.
City Attorney Report
City Attorney Peterson reported that the expected mayoral vacancy will be discussed later in the meeting. He offered an update on easements and acquisitions for the North Liberty Road Project.
Assistant City Administrator Report
Assistant City Administrator Mulcahey had no report.
City Administrator Report
City Administrator Heiar reported that the Community Center flooring project is progressing nicely. He met with the Telecommunications Commission to discuss the community benchmarking survey. The Commission is going to work with staff to draft a survey in the next few months. The Mayor, Ryan Heiar, Kevin Trom and Michael Pentecost are meeting with the Johnson County Board of Supervisors to update on the North Liberty Road Project and to discuss cost share tomorrow afternoon. Heiar reported that Greg Metternich is here to update on well drilling. The contractor took a couple of days off and started again this morning. The drilling will continue until the Silurian well is complete. Council discussed the well project with Metternich. Heiar and Mulcahey are meeting with department heads to prep for January FY 18 Budget meetings. Council discussed the report with Heiar.
Mayor Nielsen reported on a December 8 letter to the editor thanking the North Liberty Police Department.
O’Reilly Auto Parts Site Plan
Wheatley reported that staff and the Commission recommended approval with some updates.
Molly Robb, Anderson Engineering, was present on behalf of the applicant. The Council discussed the application with the applicant and Wheatley.
Donahue moved, Hoffman seconded to table Resolution Number 2016-122, A Resolution approving the Development Site Plan for Lot A, Wallace First Subdivision, North Liberty, Iowa. After discussion, the vote was: ayes – Hoffman, Pollock, Donahue, Sayre, Wayson; nays – none. Motion carried.
The Depot Express Site Plan
Wheatley reported that the staff and the Commission recommended approval.
Dan Schmitt, Brain Engineering, was present on behalf of the applicant. Council discussed the proposed site plan with the applicant.
Donahue moved, Pollock seconded to approve Resolution Number 2016-123, A Resolution approving the Development Site Plan for Lot 73, Dahnovan Estates, North Liberty, Iowa. The vote was: ayes – Pollock, Hoffman, Donahue, Wayson, Sayre; nays – none. Motion carried.
Social Service Discretionary Funding
Julie Johnston, Table to Table, provided information on the application. Council discussed the application with Johnston. Becki Reedus, The Crisis Center, spoke regarding their application. The Council discussed the application with Reedus. Devon Inman, Elder Services, presented additional information regarding their application. Council discussed the application with Inman.
Hoffman moved, Donahue seconded to award funding in the following amounts: The Crisis Center, $3,400.00; Elder Services, $1,500.00; Domestic Violence Intervention Program, $3,000.00; Rape Victim Advocacy Program, $1,000.00; ISU Extension and Outreach of Johnson County, $1,100.00; and Table to Table Food Distribution Network, $2,000.00. The vote was: ayes – Hoffman, Sayre, Wayson, Donahue, Pollock; nays – none. Motion carried.
Rachael Street Parking Removal
Wayson moved, Hoffman seconded to approve Resolution Number 2016-124, A Resolution approving Parking Control Devices in the City of North Liberty, Iowa. After discussion, the vote was: ayes – Pollock, Sayre, Donahue, Hoffman, Wayson; nays – none. Motion carried.
Donahue moved, Wayson seconded to approve Resolution Number 2016-125, A Resolution approving the Final Plat and accepting improvements for Dahnovan Estates II, Part 3, North Liberty, Iowa (Revised). After discussion, the vote was: ayes – Pollock, Hoffman, Wayson, Donahue, Sayre; nays – none. Motion carried.
Mayor, City Council, City Administrator Ordinance Amendments
Wayson moved, Pollock seconded to approve the third consideration and adoption of Ordinance Number 2016-16, An Ordinance Amending Chapter 15 “Mayor,” Chapter 17 “City Council,” and Chapter 21 “City Administrator of the North Liberty City Code of Ordinances by delineating the powers and duties of the Mayor and City Administrator. The vote was: ayes – Donahue, Sayre, Hoffman, Wayson, Pollock; nays – none. Motion carried.
Building Code Ordinance Amendments
Pollock moved, Wayson seconded to approve the second consideration of Ordinance Number 2016-17, An Ordinance amending Chapters 90, 96, 155, 156, 157 and 180 of the North Liberty Code of Ordinances regarding Building Department Administrative Provisions and Building Code Requirements. After discussion, the vote was: ayes – Donahue, Wayson, Hoffman, Sayre, Pollock; nays – none. Motion carried.
Telecommunications Commission Ordinance
At 8:18 p.m., Mayor Nielsen opened the Public Hearing regarding the proposed amendments to the Telecommunications Commission ordinance. No oral or written comments were received. The public hearing was closed.
Wayson moved, Sayre seconded to approve the first consideration of Ordinance Number 2016-18, An Ordinance amending Chapter 25, “Telecommunications Commission” of the North Liberty Code of Ordinances by repealing current Chapter 25 and adopting new Chapter 25, “Communications Advisory Commission.” After discussion, the vote was: ayes – Donahue, Pollock, Sayre, Hoffman, Wayson; nays – none. Motion carried.
Mayor Nielsen reported that her resignation date will be December 31, 2016. Peterson offered information regarding the upcoming vacancy. Council discussed the item. Further discussion and action will be on the January 10, 2017 Council agenda.
No old business was presented.
No new business was presented.
At 8:39 p.m., Mayor Nielsen adjourned the meeting.