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City Council on January 21, 2020


Special Session
5:30 p.m.
City Council Chambers
1 Quail Creek Circle, North Liberty, Iowa

  1. Call to order
  2. Roll call
  3. Approval of the Agenda
  4. General Fund
    1. Public Safety
    2. Public Works
    3. Culture and Recreation
    4. Community and Economic Development
    5. General Government
    6. General Fund Revenues
  5. Road Use Tax Budget
  6. Water Budget
  7. Wastewater Budget
  8. Storm Water Budget
  9. Final Questions and Wrap Up

January 21 Meeting Objective:  Review and discuss department budgets and minor capital projects within the General, Utilities and Road Use Tax Funds.

2nd Budget Meeting Objective (January 28):  Review modifications made to department budgets, discuss and gain consensus on capital projects; resolve any other outstanding budgetary issues.



Call to order 

Mayor Terry Donahue called the January 21, 2020 Special Session of the North Liberty City Council to order at 5:30 p.m.  Councilors present: RaQuishia Harrington, Chris Hoffman, Annie Pollock, Brent Smith, absent: Brian Wayson.

Others present: Ryan Heiar, Grant Lientz, Tracey Mulcahey, Deb Hilton, Ryan Rusnak, Tom Palmer, Shelly Simpson, Jennie Garner, Nick Bergus, Chief Diane Venenga, Chief Brian Platz, Greg Metternich, Guy Goldsmith, Michael Pentecost, and Drew Lammers.

Approval of the Agenda

Pollock moved, Smith seconded to approve the agenda. The vote was all ayes. Agenda approved.

General Fund

Heiar provided an introduction to the overall budget process.  Wayson arrived at 5:31 p.m.

Public Safety

A summary of the Police, Fire, Building Inspection, Animal Control and Emergency Management budgets. Chief Venenga responded to questions from the Council.  Council discussed the emergency management budget proposal.  Chief Platz provided budget highlights to the City Council.  Council discussed the proposed Fire Department budget with Platz.  Tom Palmer spoke regarding the Building Department’s budget proposal.  Michael Pentecost answered questions on the Animal Control budget.

Public Works

Heiar presented a summary of the budgets on the trash and transit programs.  Council discussed the proposed budgets with Heiar.

Health and Social Services

Heiar presented a summary of the health and social services budget and the process.  Council discussed the budget regarding the amount and services requested.

Culture and Recreation

A summary of the proposed Library, Recreation, Parks, Cemetery, Aquatic Center and Community Center budgets was presented.  building.  Jennie Garner discussed the proposed Library budget with the City Council.  Guy Goldsmith answered Council’s questions regarding the Parks budget proposal.  Shelly Simpson provided additional information on the Recreation, Aquatic and the Community Center budget proposals. Council requested additional information from Simpson while she was at the podium regarding the proposals.

Community and Economic Development

The Economic Development, Planning and Zoning and Communications budgets were summarized for the City Council.  Council discussed the Economic Development budget with Heiar.  Bergus spoke with Council regarding the proposed Communications budget.  Council discussed the proposal with Bergus.

General Government

Heiar summarized the Mayor/City Council, Administration, Legal, and Personnel budget proposals for FY 21. Lientz offered to update Council on the Legal Department budget. Hilton answered questions of the City Council regarding Personnel budget.

General Fund Revenues

Heiar presented the summary of the proposed General Fund revenues.  The Council discussed the revenues.

Council recessed at 7:15 p.m.  The meeting reconvened at 7:21 p.m.

Road Use Tax Budget

Heiar and Pentecost presented information on the proposed Road Use Tax budget.  Pentecost offered additional data on the equipment requested in the upcoming fiscal year budget. Council discussed the proposal with Pentecost.

Water Budget

Heiar and Greg Metternich offered additional information the draft Water budget for FY 21.  Council discussed the draft with Metternich.

Wastewater Budget

Heiar and Drew Lammers advanced the proposed budget for the next fiscal year.  Council discussed the proposal with Lammers.

Storm Water Budget

The Storm Water budget for FY 21 was presented.  Council discussed the proposed models with two different rate structures.  Pentecost answered questions from Council.

Final Questions and Wrap Up

Council discussed the GIS request with staff.


At 8:06 p.m., Mayor Donahue adjourned the meeting.



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