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City Council on March 24, 2020

Agenda

Regular Session
6:30 p.m.
Virtual Meeting via Zoom.us to be live streamed at:
northlibertyiowa.org

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  1. Call to order
  2. Roll call
  3. Approval of the Agenda
  4. Consent Agenda
    1. City Council Minutes, Regular Session, March 10, 2020
    2. Claims
    3. February Revenues
    4. February Treasurers Report
  5. City Administrator Report
  6. Mayor Report
  7. Access Center
    1. Resolution Number 2020-28, A Resolution approving the 28E for the Access Center
  8. Urban Renewal Plan Amendment & Tax Increment Finance Ordinance
    1. Public Hearing on Proposed Amendment to the North Liberty Urban Renewal Area
    2. Resolution 2020-29, A Resolution to Declare Necessity and Establish an Urban Renewal Area, Pursuant to Section 403.4 of the Code of Iowa and to Approve an Urban Renewal Plan Amendment for the North Liberty Urban Renewal Area
    3. Ordinance 2020-01, An Ordinance Providing for the Division of Taxes Levied on Taxable Property in the March, 2020 Addition to the North Liberty Urban Renewal Area, Pursuant to Section 403.19 of the Code of Iowa
    4. Resolution 2020-30, A Resolution Setting a Date of Meeting at Which it is Proposed to Approve a Development Agreement with Diamond Dreams Sports Academy, LLC, Including Annual Appropriation Tax Increment Payments
  9. Aquatic Center HVAC Replacement
    1. Public hearing regarding proposed plans, specifications, etc.
    2. Resolution Number 2020-31
  10. Old Business
  11. New Business
  12. Adjournment

Minutes

Call to order 

Due to COVID-19, this meeting was held by live stream on Zoom.us.  All attendance is through the live stream.

Mayor Donahue called the March 24, 2020 Regular Session of the North Liberty City Council to order at 6:30 p.m.  Councilors present: RaQuishia Harrington, Chris Hoffman, Annie Pollock, Brent Smith, Brian Wayson.

Others present: Ryan Heiar, Tracey Mulcahey, Grant Lientz, Ryan Rusnak and Kevin Trom.

Approval of the Agenda

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

Consent Agenda

Smith moved, Hoffman seconded to approve the Consent Agenda including the City Council Minutes from the Regular Session on March 10, 2020; the attached list of Claims; February Revenues; and February Treasurers Report.  The vote was all ayes. Consent Agenda approved.  

City Administrator Report

City Administrator Ryan Heiar reported on City staff work on COVID-19 over the last two weeks.  All City facilities are closed to the public. A staffing plan was implemented to limit exposure while providing essential services. Daily management team meetings are occurring. He is working to keep staff comfortable and informed. The City has established an emergency childcare program at the request of the EOC, United Way and the School District to provide childcare for city employees and families in public safety/healthcare. Five of the 32 spots are filled.  The City has relaxed temporary sign enforcement regulations with no permits or fees required.  Water shut offs and penalties have been suspended for this month. A payment program is available.  He complimented the great team of leaders and staff working for the City. The Council discussed the report with Heiar.

Mayor Report

Mayor Terry Donahue reported on the COVID-19 situation. 

Access Center

Lientz presented information regarding the agreement. Pollock moved, Smith seconded to approve Resolution Number 2020-28, A Resolution approving the 28E for the Access Center. The vote was: ayes – Pollock, Harrington, Wayson, Smith, Hoffman; nays – none. Motion carried.   

Urban Renewal Plan Amendment & Tax Increment Finance Ordinance

Heiar presented information on this agenda item.

At 6:47 p.m., Mayor Donahue opened the Public Hearing on Proposed Amendment to the North Liberty Urban Renewal Area.  Due to the nature of this meeting, the public hearing will be left open electronically for three days. If any oral or written comments are received, they will be included in the minutes from this meeting.  The public hearing will be closed on Friday, March 27.

Hoffman moved, Wayson seconded to approve Resolution 2020-29, A Resolution to Declare Necessity and Establish an Urban Renewal Area, Pursuant to Section 403.4 of the Code of Iowa and to Approve an Urban Renewal Plan Amendment for the North Liberty Urban Renewal Area.  The vote was: ayes – Pollock, Smith, Hoffman, Harrington, Wayson; nays – none.  Motion carried.   

Smith moved, Hoffman seconded to consider the first consideration of Ordinance 2020-01, An Ordinance Providing for the Division of Taxes Levied on Taxable Property in the March, 2020 Addition to the North Liberty Urban Renewal Area, Pursuant to Section 403.19 of the Code of Iowa.  The vote was: ayes – Smith, Wayson, Harrington, Hoffman, Pollock; nays – none. Motion carried.                          

Pollock moved, Smith seconded to approve Resolution 2020-30, A Resolution Setting a Date of Meeting at Which it is Proposed to Approve a Development Agreement with Diamond Dreams Sports Academy, LLC, Including Annual Appropriation Tax Increment Payments.  The vote was: ayes – Pollock, Wayson, Hoffman, Harrington, Smith; nays – none. Motion carried.

Aquatic Center HVAC Replacement

At 6:52 p.m., Mayor Donahue opened the Public Hearing regarding proposed plans, specifications, and estimate of cost for the Aquatic Center HVAC Replacement Project.  Due to the nature of this meeting, the public hearing will be left open electronically for three days. If any oral or written comments are received, they will be included in the minutes from this meeting.  The public hearing will be closed on Friday, March 27.

Pollock moved, Harrington seconded to approve Resolution Number 2020-31, A Resolution finally approving Plans, Specifications, and estimate of cost for the Aquatic Center HVAC Replacement Project. After discussion, the vote was: ayes – Harrington, Hoffman, Smith, Wayson, Pollock; nays – none. Motion carried.

Old Business

No old business was presented.

New Business

Councilor Wayson expressed appreciation for all the citizens helping out, staying home and knowing things are up in the air right now.  He also expressed appreciation for all that are doing their part to get through this time.  Councilor Pollock offered thanks to Councilor Wayson and Councilor Smith for being on the front line for the people that need help the most.  Councilor Smith spoke regarding emails he has received from citizens regarding coming into hard times.  He asked if the City has any small business loans that can help.  Heiar presented information on the loans and grants from the Small Business Association. Businesses that are shut down are eligible. ICAD has joined efforts with Downtown District and Think Iowa City regarding these programs.

Councilor Harrington thanked individuals that keep doors open like in restaurants, providing food to youth and other critical needs. She appreciates seeing how people are concerned in supporting small businesses to help keep their doors open. 

Adjournment

Mayor Donahue adjourned the meeting at 7:00 p.m.

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