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City Council on August 25, 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 to enter the meeting ID 896 9931 7141 and nine-digit meeting password 434603495. 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, August 11, 2020
    2. Claims
    3. July Treasurer Report
    4. July Revenues
    5. Phase I Water System Improvements, Division 1 – Water Treatment Plant Project, Portzen Construction, Inc., Pay Application Number 29, $1,000.00
    6. Phase I Water System Improvements, Division 1 – Water Treatment Plant Project, Portzen Construction, Inc., Final Completion
    7. Well 5 Re-Casing Project, Pay Application Number 5, The Northway Corporation, $176,688.91
    8. Well 5 Re-Casing Project, Pay Application Number 6, The Northway Corporation, $29,942.19
    9. Well 5 Re-Casing Project, Project Completion, The Northway Corporation
    10. Andrews Drive Improvements, Change Order Number 2, Metro Pavers, Substantial completion date revision
    11. Andrews Drive Improvements, Pay Application Number 5, Metro Pavers, $364,951.08
  5. City Engineer Report
  6. City Administrator Report
  7. Mayor Report
  8. Social Justice & Racial Equity in North Liberty
    1. Presentation and discussion
  9. Nuisances Enumerated
    1. Third consideration and adoption 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
  10. Ranshaw House Project, Phase 2
    1. Resolution Number 2020-66, A Resolution accepting the bid and authorizing execution of the contract for the Ranshaw House Renovation Phase Two Project, North Liberty, Iowa
  11. Doran Rezoning Request
    1. Public Hearing regarding proposed rezoning application
    2. Planning Commission and Staff recommendations
    3. First consideration of Ordinance Number 2020-12, An Ordinance amending Chapter 167 of the North Liberty Code of Ordinances by amending the use regulations on property located at 1475 South Jones Boulevard located in North Liberty, Iowa to those set forth in the Municipal Code for the RS-4 Single-Unit Residence District
  12. LJP Rezoning Request
    1. Public Hearing regarding proposed rezoning application
    2. Planning Commission and Staff recommendations
    3. First consideration of Ordinance Number 2020-13, An Ordinance amending Chapter 167 of the North Liberty Code of Ordinances by amending the use regulations on property located at 205 West Penn Street located in North Liberty, Iowa to those set forth in the Municipal Code for the RS-O Single-Unit Residential Special Use District
  13. CARES Resolution
    1. Resolution Number 2020-67, A Resolution authorizing a request for reimbursement for eligible costs related to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency from the Iowa COVID-19 Government Relief Fund
  14. Old Business
  15. New Business
  16. Adjournment

Minutes

Call to order 

At 6:30 p.m., Mayor Donahue called the August 25, 2020 Regular Session of the North Liberty City Council to order. Councilors present: RaQuishia Harrington, Chris Hoffman, Annie Pollock, Brent Smith, and Brian Wayson.

Others present: Ryan Heiar, Tracey Mulcahey, Grant Lientz, Ryan Rusnak, Kevin Trom, Alan Wieskamp, Joel Miller, Michael Pentecost, Diane Venenga, Matt Peoples, Nick Bergus, Tyler Doran and Guy Goldsmith.

Approval of the Agenda

Pollock moved; Hoffman seconded to approve the agenda. The vote was all ayes. Agenda approved.

Consent Agenda

Hoffman moved,  Pollock seconded to approve the Consent Agenda including the City Council Minutes from the Regular Session on August 11, 2020; the attached list of Claims; the July Treasurer Report; July Revenues; Phase I Water System Improvements, Division 1 – Water Treatment Plant Project, Portzen Construction, Inc., Pay Application Number 29, $1,000.00; Phase I Water System Improvements, Division 1 – Water Treatment Plant Project, Portzen Construction, Inc., Final Completion; Well 5 Re-Casing Project, Pay Application Number 5, The Northway Corporation, $176,688.91; Well 5 Re-Casing Project, Pay Application Number 6, The Northway Corporation, $29,942.19; Well 5 Re-Casing Project, Project Completion, The Northway Corporation; St. Andrews Drive Improvements, Change Order Number 2, Metro Pavers,  Substantial completion date revision; and St. Andrews Drive Improvements, Pay Application Number 5, Metro Pavers,  $364,951.08.  The vote was all ayes. Consent agenda approved.

City Engineer Report

City Engineer Kevin Trom reported that regarding the Forevergreen Road /Kansas Avenue intersection, he has contacted the MPOJC to conduct a speed study on both roads. The SW Growth Utilities contractor has completed the sanitary sewer.  The project has been delayed by the derecho for deliveries. The completion date is still May 21.  The contractor for the St. Andrews Project is working on backfilling, setting limestone walls in the roundabout and several other outstanding items. The roadway is projected to be reopened in Mid-September.   The Aquatic Center HVAC Project contractor set the Dectron unit today.  They expect to make the completion date of August 31.   The Ranshaw Way, Phase 5 Project is still in design and acquisition.  It is tentatively planned to present to the City Council on the project at the second meeting in September.  The Dubuque Street, Phase 1 Project first plan set was submitted to staff. Staff review will be next week.  The Ranshaw House, Phase 2 Project bids were received last week. Alan Wieskamp is here to answer questions on the bids.

City Administrator Report

City Administrator Ryan Heiar asked Street Superintendent Michael Pentecost and Parks Superintendent Guy Goldsmith updated on the derecho clean up and recovery. Council discussed the report with staff.

Mayor Report

Mayor Donahue reported that a Transportation committee meeting will be held on Thursday.

Social Justice & Racial Equity in North Liberty

Heiar led the presentation and discussion regarding social justice and racial equity.  Bergus presented information on the Great Neighborhoods Initiative.  Chief Venenga spoke regarding the training for police officers.  Heiar talked about the ongoing collection and reporting on police data. Council will need to determine what to do with the data.  Chief presented information on a possible commitment with a professor, Dr. Barnum, to extrapolate the data and interpret for the City Council.  Staff will seek a proposal from Dr. Barnum.  Heiar met with Chief and NAACP local president.  The NAACP local president, Mr. Saunders, agreed to review complaints/concerns to help mediate and provide guidance when and where needed.  Council discussed the information gathered at the listening posts.

Nuisances Enumerated

Wayson moved, Harrington seconded to approve the third consideration and adoption 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: ayes – Smith, Pollock, Harrington, Hoffman, Wayson; nays – none. Motion carried.

Ranshaw House Project, Phase 2

Alan Wieskamp, Shive-Hattery, summarized the bidding process. Council discussed the bids with Wieskamp. Smith moved; Pollock seconded to table this agenda item.  The vote was: ayes – Pollock, Smith, Harrington; nays – Hoffman, Wayson. Motion carried.  Item tabled to the next meeting.

Doran Rezoning Request

At 7:50 p.m., Mayor Donahue opened the Public Hearing regarding proposed rezoning application.  No oral or written comments were received. The public hearing was closed.

Rusnak reported that the Planning Commission and Staff recommend approval with no conditions.

Smith moved; Hoffman seconded to approve the first consideration of Ordinance Number 2020-12, An Ordinance amending Chapter 167 of the North Liberty Code of Ordinances by amending the use regulations on property located at 1475 South Jones Boulevard located in North Liberty, Iowa to those set forth in the Municipal Code for the RS-4 Single-Unit Residence District.  After discussion, the vote was: ayes – Wayson, Pollock, Smith, Harrington, Hoffman; nays – none. Motion carried.

LJP Rezoning Request

At 7:56 p.m., Mayor Donahue opened the Public Hearing regarding proposed rezoning application.  No oral or written comments were received. The public hearing was closed.

Rusnak reported that the Planning Commission and Staff recommend approval with no conditions.

Hoffman moved; Harrington seconded to approve the first consideration of Ordinance Number 2020-13, An Ordinance amending Chapter 167 of the North Liberty Code of Ordinances by amending the use regulations on property located at 205 West Penn Street located in North Liberty, Iowa to those set forth in the Municipal Code for the RS-O Single-Unit Residential Special Use District.  After discussion, the vote was: ayes – Smith, Harrington, Pollock, Wayson, Hoffman; nays – none. Motion carried.

CARES Resolution

Mulcahey presented information on the CARES resolution.  Harrington moved; Pollock seconded to approve Resolution Number 2020-67, A Resolution authorizing a request for reimbursement for eligible costs related to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency from the Iowa COVID-19 Government Relief Fund.  After discussion, the vote was: ayes – Harrington, Smith, Wayson, Hoffman, Pollock; nays – none. Motion carried.

Old Business

Councilor Wayson reminded all that the coronavirus is not going away. He encouraged all to stay away from crowds and wash their hands. Councilor Hoffman thanked city staff for work on derecho.

New Business

No new business was presented.

Adjournment

Mayor Donahue adjourned the meeting at 8:09 p.m.

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