City Council on December 10, 2019
Regular Session, 6:30 p.m.
City Council Chambers, 1 Quail Creek Circle
- Call to order
- Roll call
- Approval of the Agenda
- Swearing In of elected and reelected Councilors
- Consent Agenda
- City Council Minutes, Work & Regular Session, November 26, 2019
- Liquor License Renewal, Café Muse
- Liquor License Renewal, Johncy’s Liquor Store
- Liquor License Renewal, Red’s Alehouse
- Liquor License Renewal, SugaPeach Chicken & Fish Fry
- Liquor License Application, Urban Fuel
- Tobacco Permit, Urban Fuel
- Public Comment
- City Planner Report
- City Engineer Report
- City Attorney Report
- Assistant City Administrator Report
- City Administrator Report
- Mayor Report
- Andrews Drive Project
- Resolution Number 2019-132, A Resolution approving the acquisition of right of way and easements from Harold Cameron and Vlasta Cameron for the St. Andrews Drive Project
- Policy regarding payables for Council meeting
- Resolution Number 2019-133, A Resolution establishing the policy for the payment of claims due to the cancellation of the second City Council meeting in December 2019
- Planning Director
- Discussion and possible action on the hiring of Ryan Rusnak as the Planning Director
- Diamond Dreams
- Discussion and possible action regarding proposed incentive request from Diamond Dreams
- Old Business
- New Business
Call to order
Mayor Terry Donahue called the December 10, 2019 Regular Session of the North Liberty City Council to order. Councilors present: RaQuishia Harrington, Chris Hoffman, Sarah Madsen, Annie Pollock and Brian Wayson.
Others present: Ryan Heiar, Grant Lientz, Tracey Mulcahey, Kevin Trom, Dean Wheatley, Brent Smith, Joel Miller, Matthew Eckhardt and other interested parties.
Approval of the Agenda
Madsen moved, Pollock seconded to approve the agenda. The vote was all ayes. The agenda was approved.
Swearing In of elected and reelected Councilors
City Clerk Mulcahey swore in RaQuishia Harrington, Chris Hoffman and Brent Smith to their terms as City Councilors.
Pollock moved, Harrington seconded to approve the Consent Agenda including City Council Minutes, Work & Regular Session, November 26, 2019; the attached list of Claims; the Liquor License Renewal for Café Muse; the Liquor License Renewal for Johncy’s Liquor Store; the Liquor License Renewal for Red’s Alehouse; the Liquor License Renewal for SugaPeach Chicken & Fish Fry; the Liquor License Application for Urban Fuel and the Tobacco Permit for Urban Fuel. The vote was all ayes. Consent Agenda approved.
Matthew Eckhardt, 550 S. Front Street, addressed the council regarding youth baseball/softball, NLCBS, and the possibility of installing lighting on Penn Meadows Park ballfields. Council discussed the proposal with Eckhardt.
City Planner Report
City Planner Dean Wheatley had no report.
City Engineer Report
City Engineer Kevin Trom reported that St. Andrews Drive final plans have been presented to City staff. The project will go out for bids on December 20. Trom updated Council on the Muddy Creek tree clearing and bank stabilization projects. The trail will be closed when the contractor is working on the project. Council discussed the project with staff.
City Attorney Report
City Attorney Grant Lientz had no report.
Assistant City Administrator Report
Assistant City Administrator Mulcahey spoke regarding the concerned citizen call regarding Council use of microphones. Toys for Tots has registered 108 families in North Liberty. North Liberty distribution is next Wednesday, December 18. North Liberty is hosting the Joint Meeting in January. All are invited to submit agenda ideas.
City Administrator Report
City Administrator Ryan Heiar reported that the revised Employee Handbook will be on the first agenda in January. He and Mulcahey have been conducting budget meetings with department heads. The first Council budget meeting will be Tuesday, January 21 beginning at 5:30 p.m. The MPOJC study on Forevergreen Road and Jasper/Park Road intersection. More information is to come on the study.
Mayor Donahue recognized Councilor Sarah Madsen for her service on the City Council.
St. Andrews Drive Project
Lientz presented information on the agenda item. Madsen moved, Harrington seconded to approve Resolution Number 2019-132, A Resolution approving the acquisition of right of way and easements from Harold Cameron and Vlasta Cameron for the St. Andrews Drive Project. After discussion, the vote was: ayes – Wayson, Madsen, Harrington, Hoffman, Pollock; nays – none. Motion carried.
Policy regarding payables for Council meeting
Harrington moved, Hoffman seconded to approve Resolution Number 2019-133, A Resolution establishing the policy for the payment of claims due to the cancellation of the second City Council meeting in December 2019. The vote was: ayes – Hoffman, Pollock, Wayson, Harrington, Madsen; nays – none. Motion carried.
Heiar presented information regarding the hiring of the new Planning Director. Hoffman moved, Wayson seconded to approve the hiring of Ryan Rusnak as the Planning Director. The vote was: ayes- Madsen, Pollock, Hoffman, Harrington, Wayson; nays – none. The hiring was approved.
Mike Bails spoke regarding the proposal from Diamond Dreams. Kyle Sherman, owner of Diamond Dreams, presented additional information on the proposed project. Council discussed the project with the owner and Bails. Hoffman moved, Madsen seconded to table this item with financials being shared with City staff for review. The vote was: ayes:
Wayson, Pollock, Madsen, Hoffman, Harrington; nays – none. Motion carried.
Councilor Madsen offered parting words. The other councilors offered kind words and thanks to Councilor Madsen. Madsen spoke about Operation Tribe involving finding opportunities to get involved in the community. Councilor Hoffman spoke regarding the ICCVB luncheon tomorrow.
Councilor Wayson tried Diventures new pool.
Mayor Donahue adjourned the meeting at 7:36 p.m.