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City Council on August 11, 2020

Agenda

Regular Session, 6:30 p.m., via Zoom

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, public health and safety concerns require City of North Liberty public meetings to be held electronically, so as to limit the spread of the virus. The public is invited to submit questions and comments in advance of the meeting for consideration submitting them to the City Clerk Tracey Mulcahey via email at [email protected].

This meeting may be accessed live by the public on the internet at northlibertyiowa.org/live, on Facebook at facebook.com/northliberty or on YouTube at www.youtube.com/channel/UCrCw6ipAPjJnd-olpRgPJcg. You can also attend by phone; call 1 (312) 626 6799 with a touch-tone phone and enter the meeting ID 891 9878 9888 and nine-digit meeting password 374162701. Meetings are rebroadcast on cable and available on-demand on northlibertyiowa.org.

  1. Call to order
  2. Roll call
  3. Approval of the Agenda
  4. Consent Agenda
    1. City Council Minutes, Regular Session, July 28, 2020
    2. Claims
    3. Liquor License Renewal, Rocky O’Brien’s Public House
    4. Liquor License Application, Sobremesa
    5. Well 5 Re-casing Project, Change Order Number 5, The Northway Company, $4,990.00
    6. Police Department Construction Project, Pay Application Number 12, Tricon General Construction, $15,417.24
    7. Police Department Construction Project, Pay Application Number 13, Tricon General Construction, $53,476.10
    8. Police Department Construction Project, Change Order Number 6, Tricon General Construction, $4,668.46
    9. Southwest Growth Area Utilities Project, Pay Application Number 1, Boomerang, $195,971.96
  5. City Engineer Report
  6. City Administrator Report
  7. Mayor Report
  8. Moxie Solar Agreement
    1. Resolution Number 2020-63, A Resolution Authorizing Economic Development Forgivable Loan Agreement with Moxie Solar
  9. Social Justice & Racial Equity in North Liberty
    1. Presentation and discussion
  10. Nuisances Enumerated
    1. Second consideration of Ordinance Number 2020-11, An Ordinance amending Chapter 50.02 of the North Liberty Code of Ordinances to include obstruction of public easements at an enumerated nuisance
  11. Ranshaw House Project, Phase 2
    1. Public hearing regarding proposed plans, specifications and estimate of cost for the Ranshaw House Project, Phase 2
    2. Resolution Number 2020-64, A Resolution finally approving and confirming plans, specifications, and estimate of cost for the Ranshaw House Project, Phase Two
  12. Assessment Resolution
    1. Resolution Number 2020-65, A Resolution assessing delinquent amounts owed to the City of North Liberty, Iowa to individual property taxes
  13. Old Business
  14. New Business
  15. Adjournment

Minutes

Call to order 

At 6:30 p.m., Mayor Pro Tem Chris Hoffman called the August 11, 2020 Regular Session of the North Liberty City Council to order.  Councilors present:  RaQuishia Harrington, Chris Hoffman, Annie Pollock, Brent Smith, and Brian Wayson; absent: Mayor Terry Donahue.

Others present:  Ryan Heiar, Tracey Mulcahey, Grant Lientz, Ryan Rusnak, Derek Blackman, Jason Hall and other interested parties.

Approval of the Agenda

Pollock moved, Smith seconded to approve the agenda with the removal of the Social Justice and Racial Equity item due to the recent storm and power outage. The vote was all ayes.  Agenda approved.

Consent Agenda

Wayson moved, Harrington seconded to approve the Consent Agenda City Council Minutes, Regular Session, July 28, 2020; the attached list of Claims; the Liquor License Renewal for Rocky O’Brien’s Public House; the Liquor License Application for Sobremesa; Well 5 Re-casing Project, Change Order Number 5, The Northway Company, $4,990.00; Police Department Construction Project, Pay Application Number 12, Tricon General Construction, $15,417.24; Police Department Construction Project, Pay Application Number 13, Tricon General Construction, $53,476.10; Police Department Construction Project, Change Order Number 6, Tricon General Construction, $4,668.46; and the Southwest Growth Area Utilities Project, Pay Application Number 1, Boomerang, $195,971.96.  The vote was all ayes. Consent Agenda approved.

City Engineer Report

City Engineer Kevin Trom reported that the Southwest Growth Utilities Project is moving along well. The sanitary sewer is installed. The contractor has stated that they will meet the project schedule. The St. Andrews Drive Project contractor has made up a little bit of ground with the good weather. The contractor is projecting a mid-September road opening.  The Aquatic Center HVAC has seen a slight delay on installation, but the project is still fairly on schedule.  The Ranshaw Way, Phase 5 staff review of the 50% complete plan set happened recently. The submittal is due to IDOT by August 24.  The Ranshaw House, Phase 2 bid documents are complete. The pre-bid meeting was held this morning. The public hearing is tonight. The bid opening is August 19 with consideration of the bids at the August 25 Council meeting. Council discussed the report with staff.

City Administrator Report

City Administrator Ryan Heiar reported that storm cleanup continues. The wind gusts reached nearly 98 mph.  He provided updates from staff as a result of the storm.  He spoke regarding the benefits of backup generation in this situation.  Residents are encouraged to have brush and trees to the curb, ideally in manageable sections of 10 feet or less. The more the size component happens, the more efficient City crews can be.  The City will likely need to hire contractors to assist with the work. The Police Department and Fire Department are keeping busy with public assist calls. The City is working with Johnson County EMA on disaster funding. Council discussed the report with Heiar.

Moxie Solar Agreement

Heiar and Jason Hall, Moxie Solar presented information on the agreement which is a $50,000 forgivable loan with required milestones. Council discussed the agreement and project with Hall. Smith moved, Pollock seconded to approve Resolution Number 2020-63, A Resolution Authorizing Economic Development Forgivable Loan Agreement with Moxie Solar.  The vote was: ayes – Smith, Pollock, Wayson, Harrington; nays – none; abstain – Hoffman (due to financial reasons).

Nuisances Enumerated

Pollock moved, Wayson seconded to approve the second consideration of Ordinance Number 2020-11, An Ordinance amending Chapter 50.02 of the North Liberty Code of Ordinances to include obstruction of public easements at an enumerated nuisance. The vote was: Harrington, Hoffman, Wayson, Smith, Pollock; nays – none. Motion carried.

Ranshaw House Project, Phase 2

At 6:59 p.m., Mayor Pro Tem Hoffman opened the public hearing regarding proposed plans, specifications and estimate of cost for the Ranshaw House Project, Phase 2.  No comments were received. The public hearing was closed.

Harrington moved, Wayson seconded to approve Resolution Number 2020-64, A Resolution finally approving and confirming plans, specifications, and estimate of cost for the Ranshaw House Project, Phase Two.  The vote was: ayes – Hoffman, Wayson, Harrington, Smith, Pollock; nays – none. Motion carried.

Assessment Resolution

Wayson moved, Harrington seconded to approve Resolution Number 2020-65, A Resolution assessing delinquent amounts owed to the City of North Liberty, Iowa to individual property taxes.  After discussion, the vote was: ayes – Smith, Harrington, Hoffman, Pollock, Wayson; nays – none. Motion carried.

Old Business

Councilor Pollock offered thanks to staff for cleanup work.  She suggested that if any seniors or others that need help, they should reach out to City staff or city councilors to figure out how to make it happen. She also expressed appreciation for the conversations that have been had during the Listening Posts.  Councilor Wayson asked about whether the debris site would be open on Saturday. Heiar indicated that it would be.

New Business

No new business was presented.

Adjournment

Mayor Pro Tem Hoffman adjourned the meeting at 7:12 p.m

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