City Council minutes from January 31, 2017

North Liberty City Council
January 31, 2017
Special Work Session
6:30 p.m.
City Council Chambers

Call to order
Mayor Pro Tem Terry Donahue called the January 31, 2017 Special Session of the North Liberty City Council to order. Councilors present: Terry Donahue, Chris Hoffman, Annie Pollock, and Brian Wayson; absent – Jim Sayre.

Others present: Ryan Heiar, Tracey Mulcahey, Kevin Trom, Guy Goldsmith, Michael Pentecost, 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.

Budget Presentation – FY 2018
Remaining Operational Budget Items
Council discussed Social Services applications and the process for allocating funds. Consenus was that $105,000 in social service funds will be available with $55,000 for the Family Resource Center, $8,000 for the Housing Trust Fund, $16,000 for the North Liberty Community Pantry, and $2,500 for Big Brothers Big Sisters. The remainder of the applicants are encouraged to apply for discretionary funding that will be determined at the March 14 Council meeting. The total amount of discretionary funds available is $23,500. The Family Resource Center might be eligible for additional funds in this application period.

Economic Development
Heiar presented information on the proposed economic development budget. Council discussed the proposed budget with Heiar. The consensus was to earmark the $115,000 for economic development until after the ICAD presentation when a specific amount will be assigned.

Wages
Heiar presented information regarding the proposed wages for FY 18. Wage increases for non-union will mirror union increases. A 3% cost of living adjustment with merit step for those who qualify are budgeted for FY 2018.
Capital Improvements
Heiar presented information regarding the debt service tax rate and TIF usage and impact on the General Fund. Council asked questions and discussed other budget items including civic campus, general fund funds availability. Council discussed changing the tax levy.

Adjournment
At 7:57p.m., Mayor Pro Tem Donahue adjourned the meeting.