City Council minutes for April 25, 2017

Minutes
North Liberty City Council
April 25, 2017
Regular Session

 

Call to order
Mayor Pro Tem Chris Hoffman called the April 25, 2017 Regular Session of the North Liberty City Council to order at 6:30 p.m.  Councilors present:  Chris Hoffman, Annie Pollock, Jim Sayre and Brian Wayson.

Others present: Tracey Mulcahey, Scott Peterson, Kevin Trom, Dean Wheatley, Tom Palmer, Megan Benischek, Dan Vander Vort, Josh McKnight and other interested parties.

Approval of the Agenda
Pollock moved, Wayson seconded to approve the agenda.  After discussion, the vote was ayes – Hoffman, Pollock, Sayre, Wayson; nays – none.  Agenda approved.

Consent Agenda
Sayre moved, Pollock seconded to approve the Consent Agenda including City Council Minutes from the Regular Session on April 11, 2017; March Revenues; the attached list of Claims; the Liquor License Renewal for LD Express, Class C Beer Permit with Sunday Sales endorsement; the Liquor License Application for Adelita’s Grill, Class C Liquor License with Sunday sales endorsement; and Change Order Number 13 for the Phase II WWTP Improvements Project to Tricon Construction Group in the amount of $63,977.49.  The vote was: ayes – Pollock, Sayre, Wayson, Hoffman; nays – none.  Motion carried.

Public Comment
No public comment was offered.

City Planner Report
City Planner Dean Wheatley reported that the staff committee that reviews requests for traffic and pedestrian control.  The committee reviews the requests in relation to the major street plan, MUTCD requirements, and experiences of police officers and street department employees.  The committee responds to all requests. If action is determined to be necessary, the applications come to Council.  Council discussed the report with Wheatley.

City Engineer Report
City Engineer Kevin Trom reported that construction is progressing on the Water Plant Project. The contractor is pump testing wells.  Design work continues on Highway 965, Phase 3.  The contractor has encountered some poor soils under large storm sewer pipes in the North Liberty Road Project.  The mitigation of these soils will require a change order.  The storm sewer portion of the Penn Street project should be wrapping up this week. The contractor will be relocating fire hydrants next, but are waiting on MidAmerican to relocate the gas main.  Flaggers will be present during off peak times to accommodate the install under the road.  The Water Storage/Brine/Maintenance building preconstruction meeting was held yesterday. The contractor is projecting to be complete ahead of schedule.  The SRF Sponsored Water Quality Project has had good work in the last couple of weeks.  Final grading, seeding prep and seeding are underway.  The contractor has installed a lot of plantings.  Work continues on electrical.  Council discussed the report with Trom.

City Attorney Report
City Attorney Scott Peterson reported that while Councilor Hoffman is wearing two hats tonight, Mayor Pro Tem and Councilor, he does retain the ability to vote.

Assistant City Administrator Report
Assistant City Administrator Mulcahey reported that City Cleanup Day is Saturday from 7-11:30 a.m.  Defenders of Land and Water, depending on weather, is scheduled for Friday, April 28.  Council discussed the report with Mulcahey.

Mayor Pro Tem Report
Mayor Pro Tem Hoffman proclaimed April 28, 2017 as Arbor Day.  He proclaimed May 2017 as Bike to Work Month Proclamation.

Squash Bend, First Addition Preliminary Plat
Wheatley reported that Staff and Commission recommend approval of the Preliminary Plat application.  Council discussed the preliminary plat with Wheatley.

Dan Vander Vort, Alliant Energy, was present on behalf of the applicant and offered to answer questions regarding the application.  Council discussed the preliminary plat with Vander Vort.

Pollock moved, Wayson seconded to approve Resolution Number 2017-41, A Resolution approving the Preliminary Plat of Squash Bend First Addition, North Liberty, Iowa. The vote was: ayes – Pollock, Hoffman, Wayson, Sayre; nays – none. Motion carried.

Athletic Field Lighting Ordinance
Wayson moved, Sayre seconded to approve the second consideration of Ordinance Number 2017-01, An Ordinance Amending Chapter 169, “Zoning Code – Development Regulations” of the North Liberty Code of Ordinances by Updating Section 169.12(1)(I) for Certain Outdoor Sports Field Lighting.  The vote was: ayes – Wayson, Sayre, Hoffman, Pollock; nays –none. Motion carried.

Sign Ordinance
Sayre moved, Pollock seconded to approve the second consideration of Ordinance Number 2017-02, An Ordinance Amending Chapter 173, “Zoning Code – Sign Regulations” of the North Liberty Code of Ordinances by Updating Section 173.08 Adding a Height Limitation for Ground Signs. The vote was: ayes – Pollock, Wayson, Sayre, Hoffman; nays – none. Motion carried.

Backflow Prevention Ordinance
At 6:56 p.m., Mayor Pro Tem Hoffman opened the public hearing regarding proposed Backflow Prevention Ordinance.  No oral or written comments were received.  The public hearing was closed.

Wayson moved, Pollock seconded to approve the first consideration of Ordinance Number 2017-03, An Ordinance adding Chapter 90 of the North Liberty Code of Ordinances to Address Backflow Prevention in the City’s Water Service System.  After discussion, the vote was: ayes – Hoffman, Sayre, Wayson, Pollock; nays – none. Motion carried.

Electrician/Plumber Ordinance
At 7:04 p.m., Mayor Pro Tem Hoffman opened the public hearing regarding the Code of Ordinances relating to Electrician and Plumber licensing.  No oral or written comments were received. The public hearing was closed.

Sayre moved, Pollock seconded to approve the first consideration of Ordinance Number 2017-04, An Ordinance amending Chapter 125, “Electrician and Plumber Licenses,” of the North Liberty Code of Ordinances  by repealing Chapter 125.  After discussion, the vote was: ayes – Sayre, Pollock, Wayson, Hoffman; nays – none. Motion carried.

Fox Valley Subdivision
Hoffman moved, Wayson seconded to approve Resolution Number 2017-42, A Resolution accepting Outlot A in Fox Valley, Part Three, North Liberty, Iowa.  After discussion, the vote was: ayes – Pollock, Hoffman, Sayre, Wayson; nays – none. Motion carried.

Depository Resolution
Wayson moved, Pollock seconded to approve Resolution Number 2017-43, A Resolution Designating Hills Bank & Trust Company, MidwestOne, University of Iowa Community Credit Union, Great Western Bank, Collins Community Credit Union and Two Rivers Bank & Trust as Depositories for Public Funds belonging to the City of North Liberty, Iowa.  After discussion, the vote was: ayes – Wayson, Pollock, Hoffman, Sayre; nays – none. Motion carried.

Urban Renewal Plan Amendment
Wayson moved, Sayre seconded to approve Resolution Number 2017-44, A Resolution setting date for Public Hearing on the Urban Renewal Plan Amendment.  After discussion, the vote was: ayes – Pollock, Wayson, Hoffman, Sayre; nays – none. Motion carried.

Water and Sewer Permit Fees
Wayson moved, Sayre seconded to approve Resolution Number 2017-45, A Resolution establishing Certain Water and Sewer Service Connection Fees.  After discussion, the vote was: ayes – Sayre, Pollock, Wayson, Hoffman; nays – none. Motion carried.

Old Business
Councilor Pollock reported on the Waddle Walk this past weekend.  Council discussed the Dog Park committee and land.  Wheatley reported that he meets with the leader of the dog park group and discusses options regularly.

New Business
Councilor Wayson reported that Johnson County EMA hired Travis Beckman as the Deputy Director.

Adjournment
At 7:21 p.m., Wayson moved, Sayre seconded to adjourn. All ayes.  Meeting adjourned.