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Seymour City Council met on the 3rd day of July, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall with Mayor Housh Presiding. Present: Carter, Merritt (arrived at 6:03); Rembe, Weeks. Absent: Housh.
AGENDA: Moved by Weeks, seconded by Carter to approve the agenda. A.V.A.M.C.
MINUTES: Moved by Weeks, seconded by Carter to approve the minutes of the June 5, 2017 regular meeting and the June 19th special meeting. A.V.A.M.C.
FINANCIAL STATEMENTS: Moved by Weeks, seconded by Carter to approve the financial statement for June, 2017, pending final verification with the bank. A.V.A.M.C.
CLAIMS: Moved by Carter, seconded by Rembe to approve the claims from June 6, 2017 through July 3, 2017, as presented. A.V.A.M.C. Merritt arrived at 6:03 p.m.
PUBLIC HEARING: At 6:04 p.m. Mayor Housh suspended the regular meeting and opened a public hearing regarding entering into a loan agreement and to borrow money thereunder in a principal amount not to exceed $300,000. After a brief review of the use of funds, and with no objections raised from those present, Mayor Housh closed the public meeting at 6:05 p.m. and reconvened the regular meeting.
VISITOR RECOGNITION: Ruth Maddalozzo, secretary/treasurer of the Seymour Housing Association, presented basic information of the Association's plans for rebuilding the housing units destroyed by the tornado.
POLICE DEPARTMENT: Officer Carter reported responding to four domestic calls serving one warrant, assisting with four lock-outs, issuing two citations and answering dog calls.
FIRE DEPARTMENT: Fire Chief Ross Merritt reported responding to four calls during June and using 250 gallons of water. Pumps on the trucks were tested as part of the annual maintenance.
CITY CREW REPORT: Cairns reported that they were still having problems with the cardboard recycling, that they have videoed the sewer line and found a few partial clogs and a few cracks in the 1500' - 1800' going into the lagoon area. They will be contacting the company for the previous relining project to get an estimate of costs of reline this section of pipe. Also noted was that mowing was getting done, the reservoir has been cleaned up and street work continues.
CITY CLERK'S REPORT: Moved by Carter, seconded by Merritt to authorize the Clerk to set up an annual examination with the State Auditor's office. A.V.A.M.C.
PUBLIC WORKS COMMITTEE: Move by Rembe, seconded by Weeks to approve the reduction of the sewer charges to average usage for one request with all water charges to be paid by the customer, and one regular extension request as presented. A.V.A.M.C. Moved by Merritt, seconded by Carter to approve the shut off list. A.V.A.M.C.
OLD BUSINESS: Abatement letters have been sent out for a couple of properties, the council was in agreement to accept trees from Alliant Energy or the funds to replace trees destroyed by the tornado, dust control will be applied before school starts, and work on East 4th Street and Louisa will begin next week. It was moved by Rembe, seconded by Carter that the Clerk prepare abatement notices for three properties on East Main Street, with a 30-day time frame to take the structures down or have a written plan in place. A.V.A.M.C. Further maintenance work in the cemetery will be delayed until a contractor can be found to work on the damaged stones. There was a brief discussion regarding the water utility rate review and employee wages.
CLOSED SESSION: Upon request by Carter, according to Iowa Code 21.5(i), Mayor Housh suspended the regular meeting and moved to closed session at 6:50 p.m. Moved by Merritt, seconded by Weeks to re-enter the regular session 7:03 p.m. A.V.A.M.C.
Moved by Carter, seconded by Merritt to adopt the following:
A RESOLUTION APPROVING LOAN AGREEMENT AND PROVIDING FOR THE LEVY OF TAXES TO PAY THE SAME
Roll Call Vote as Follows: Ayes - Carter, Merritt, Rembe, Weeks. Nays - None. Absent - Housh. Motion Carried.
Moved by Merritt, Seconded by Rembe to adopt the following:
A RESOLUTION ADOPTING PAY INCREASES FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING JUNE 30, 2017
Roll Call Vote as Follows: Ayes --Merritt, Rembe, Weeks. Nays --None. Absent --Housh. Abstain due to potential conflict of interest -- Carter. Motion Carried.
ORDINANCE 2017 - 224
AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 92.02 OF THE SEYMOUR MUNICIPAL CODE RATES FOR SERVICE - WATER
Moved by Merritt, seconded by Carter to approve the first reading of Ordinance 2017-224. Roll Call Vote as Follows: Ayes --Carter, Merritt, Weeks. Nays --Rembe. Absent --Housh. Thereupon the Mayor declared the first reading of Ordinance 2017-224 approved. Moved by Merritt, seconded by Carter to waive the second and third readings of Ordinance 2017--224 and adopt the Ordinance as read. Roll Call Vote as Follows: Ayes -- Carter, Merritt, Weeks. Nays -- Rembe. Absent -- Housh. Thereupon the mayor declared the motion failed due to lack of the required 75% favorable votes to suspend the rules. The second reading will be at the regular August meeting.
ORDINANCE 2017 - 225
AN ORDINANCE AENDING CHAPTER 45.22 OF THE SEYMOUR MUNICIPAL CODE FIREWORKS PERMIT AND USE
Moved by Weeks, seconded by Merritt to approve the first reading of Ordinance 2017-225. Roll Cal Vote as Follows: Ayes -- Carter, Merritt, Rembe, Weeks. Nays -- None. Absent -- Housh. Thereupon the Mayor declared the first reading of Ordinance 2017-225 approved. Moved by Merritt, seconded by Carter to waive the second and third readings of Ordinance 2017--225 and adopt the ordinance as read. Roll Call Vote as Follows: Ayes -- Carter, Merritt, Rembe, Weeks. Nays -- None. Absent -- Housh. Thereupon the Mayor declared the motion carried and the ordinance to be effective upon publication as required by law.
A RESOLUTION DECLARING THE FOLLOWING DESCRIBED PROPERTY TO BE A NUISANCE PURSUANT TO SEYMOUR CITY CODE CHAPTER 50
112 NORTH 4TH STREET, SEYMOUR, IOWA
Roll Call Vote as Follows: Ayes -- Carter, Merritt, Rembe, Weeks. Nays -- None. Absent -- Housh. Motion Carried.
LIBRARY BOARD: Moved by Weeks, seconded by Carter to appoint Inez Ryan to fill a vacancy on the Library Board. Motion Carried.
URBAN CHICKENS: Moved by Rembe, seconded by Carter to table discussion regarding an ordinance allowing urban chickens. A.V.A.M.C.
STORM SEWER: The storm sewer intake at the intersection of West Wall Street and North 3rd was discussed. Following Old Settlers, the City Crew will arrange for further investigation of the situation, and contact professional help if needed for a complete evaluation.
ADDITIONAL HIRE: In consideration of the current work load, a review of applications on file will be conducted for a part-time employee to work up to three days a week.
ADJOURNMENT: Moved by Merritt, seconded by Carter to adjourn at 7:25 p.m. A.V.A.M.C.
OFFICIAL MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE SEYMOUR CITY COUNCIL
SEYMOUR, IOWA --JULY 3, 2017