OFFICIAL MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING

OF THE SEYMOUR CITY COUNCIL

SEYMOUR, IOWA - MAY 1, 2017


​Seymour City Council met on the 1st day of May 1, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall with Mayor Housh presiding.  Present:  Carter, Rembe, Weeks.  Absent:  Housh, Merritt.


AGENDA:  Moved by Weeks, seconded by Rembe to approve the agenda.  A.V.A.M.C.


MINUTES:  Moved by Carter, seconded by Weeks to approve the minutes of the April 3, 2017 Meeting regular meeting and the April 17, 2017 special meeting.  A.V.A.M.C.


FINANCIAL STATEMENTS:  Moved by Carter, seconded by Weeks to approve the financial statement for March and April, 2017.  A.V.A.M.C.


CLAIMS:  Moved by Carter, seconded by Weeks to approve the claims from April 4, 2017 through May 1, 2017, as presented.  A.V.A.M.C.


VISITOR RECOGNITION:  Kevin Allen asked that the Council review the previously submitted livestock application for keeping up to ten cattle on 629 North 5th Street in Seymour.  oved by Weeks, seconded by Carter to approve the application.  A.V.A.M.C.


PUBLIC HEARING:  At 6:04 p.m. Mayor Housh suspended the regular meeting and opened a public hearing regarding the conveyance of 400 East 4th Street to the Seymour Industrial Development Corporation.  After a brief review of the transfer and with no objections raised from those present, Mayor Housh closed the public hearing at 6:05 p.m. and reconvened the regular meeting. 


POLICE DEPARTMENT:  Officer Carter reported making four animal calls, eight domestic situations, three DHS calls, two lock-outs and one search warrant processed. 


CITY CREW REPORT:  Sherrard reported bladed streets and rocking East 3rd Street and Park.  Clean up has started 


PUBLIC WORKS COMMITTEE:  Moved by Rembe, seconded by Carter to approve the shut-off list.  A.V.A.M.C.


OLD BUSINESS:  No update was available regarding the abatement status of properties served and the attorney is/has contacted one owner regarding his response to the abatement notice received.  The insurance adjuster will have a summary report within the week regarding the building and other damage at the lagoon. Fencing at the cemetery and lagoons was also briefly discussed.  Dust control will not be available until May 15th but it was recommended by Mayor Housh that the City delay the application until August to allow for more time to get the streets in good condition.  A report was given on the housing demo to date.  It was noted that the HSEMD application has been submitted for review to the Iowa Attorney General's Office and then on to the Executive Council.


FIRE DEPARTMENT:  Fire Chief Ross Merritt reported that they will have an ISO audit next month.  


Moved by Carter, Seconded by Rembe to adopt the following:


 RESOLUTION 2017-28

A RESOLUTION APPROVING THE CONVEYANCE OF REAL PROPERTY LOCATED AT 400 EAST 4TH STREET TO THE SEYMOUR INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION


Roll Call Vote as Follotw:  Ayes -- Carter, Rembe, Weeks.  Nays -- None.  Absent -- Housh, Merritt.  Passed and approved this 1st May of May, 2017.


Moved by Rembe, seconded by Carter to adopt the following:


 RESOLUTION 2017 - 29

A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING CORRECTIONS TO ACCOUNT TITLES N THE GENERAL LEDGER


Roll Call Vote as Follows:  Ayes -- Carter, Rembe, Weeks.  Nays -- None. Absent -- Housh, Merritt.  Passed and approved this 1st day of May, 2017.


Moved by Rembe, seconded by Carter to adopt the following:


RESOLUTION 2017 - 30

A RESOLUTION AUTHORIING BALANCE ADJUSTMENTS IN CITY-OWNED UTILITY ACCOUNTS


Roll Call Vote as Follows:  Ayes -- Carter, Rembe, Weeks.  Nays -- None.  Absent --Housh, Merritt.  Passed and approved this 1st day of May, 2017. 


Moved by Carter, seconded by Weeks to adopt the following: 


RESOLUTION 2017 - 31

A RESOLUTION SETTING A PUBLIC HEARING ON AMENDING THE 2017 FISCAL YEAR BUDGET. 


Roll Call Vote as Follows:  Ayes -- Carter, Rembe, Weeks.  Nays -- None.  Absent -- Housh, Merritt.  Passed and approved this 1st day of May, 2017.


RESOLUTION 2017 - 32

A RESOLUTION AUTORIZING FORGIVENESS OF SEWER CHARGES FOR STOR-DAMAGED BUILDINGS AND PROVIDING FOR TEMPORARY AND/PERMANENT CAPPING OF SEWER LINES. 


Roll Call Vote as Follows:  Ayes:  Carter, Rembe, Weeks.  Nays -- None.  Absent -- Housh, Merritt.  Passed and approved this 1st day of May, 2017.


Moved by Weeks, seconded by Rembe to adopt the following:  


RESOLUTION 2017 - 33

A RESOLUTION SETTING THE DATE FOR A PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSAL TO ENTER INTO A GENERAL OBLIGATION CORPORATE PURPOSE LOAN AGREEMENT AND TO BORROW MONEY THEREUNDER IN A PRINCIPAL AOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $300,000.

 


Roll call Vote as Follows: Ayes -- Carter, Rembe, Weeks. Nays -- None.  Absent -- Housh, Merritt. Passed and approved this 1st day of May, 2017.


UTILITY RATE REVIEW:  Financial information will be made available for review at the next regular council meeting concerning water rates, rising expenses and the necessity for adequate reserves.


WAGE RATE REVIEW:  After a brief discussion, it was moved by Rembe, seconded by Weeks to adopt the following:


RESOLUTION 20170--34

A RESOLUTION FOR A WAGE RATE INCREASE EFFECTIVE MAY 1, 2017.  


Roll Call Vote as Follows:  Ayes -- Rembe, Weeks.  Nays -- None.  Absent -- Housh, Merritt.  Abstain -- Carter due to potential conflict of interest.  Passed and approved this 1st day of May, 2017. ​please see note at the end of minutes 


CEMETERY STONE REPAIRS:  Bob Reed submitted a proposal for work remaining at Southlawn following tornado damage.  Mayor Housh noted that Centerville Monument planned to check on repair methods for some damaged stones, and that he would check with them before making recommendations regarding the remaining work to be done. 


CLERK'S SCHOOL:  Following discussion regarding training for the deputy clerk, and with the remaining requirements for certification it was determined that taking another three-day training session in Ames would be okay.


ADJOURNMENT:  Moved by Weeks, seconded by Carter to adjourn at 6:55 p.m.  A.V.A.M.C.


​PLEASE NOTE:  ​Following the meeting of May 1, 2017, and after reviewing information provided by the League of Cities, it was determined that Resolution 2017 - 34 did not have a majority of the eligible, qualified councilmembers and therefore the resolution failed to pass.  Resolutions must have a majority of the total number of seats less any disqualified [abstaining] members; in this case, two affirmative votes does not equal a majority of the eligible council [four members].