Regular Council Meeting
December 19, 2022 – 6:00 P.M.
Community Media Center
Mayor Pro Tem Chris Lux called the meeting to order. Council present were: Brenda Hanken, Scott Brighton, Candy Langerman, Wayne Peach and Tom Yeoman. Also present were City Administrator Russell Farnum, City Clerk Sally Hinrichsen, Police Chief Britt Smith, Park & Rec Director Jacob Oswald and Public Works Director Nick Kahler. The public was invited to attend the meeting in person, with limited seating or to participate in the meeting electronically via “Zoom Meetings” and were encouraged to communicate from Zoom Meeting via chat, due to the heightened public health risks of the Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID-19).
Yeoman moved to approve the agenda, removing approval of farm lease with Jeff Nagel for Airport farm ground. Peach seconded, roll call was unanimous.
Langerman moved to approve the consent agenda; Hanken seconded, roll call was unanimous.
Mayor Pro Tem Lux opened the public hearing on the proposal to enter into a Sewer Revenue Loan Agreement and to borrow money thereunder. Hinrichsen reported no written objections were filed prior to meeting. Mayor Pro Tem called for any written or oral objections, being none, Mayor Pro Tem Lux closed the hearing. Hanken moved to approve Resolution #2022-152 taking additional action on proposal to enter into a Sewer Revenue Loan Agreement. Langerman seconded. Roll call was unanimous.
Yeoman moved to approve Resolution #2022-153 Approving submission of the Five-Year Airport Capital Improvement Plan. Peach seconded, roll call was unanimous.
Yeoman moved to approve Resolution #2022-154 Approving Lease Agreement between the City of Monticello and Justin Buck with regard to the “farm” ground at the Monticello Regional Airport. Peach seconded, roll call was unanimous.
Farnum reported the Fire Department is asking for permission to apply for a grant to purchase an ATV and will be holding a Public Information Meeting on January 16, 2023 for more details. Langerman moved to approve Resolution #2022-155 to authorize submission of Application and related documents in support thereof to the USDA for purposes of seeking grant and/or loan assistance related to the purchase of a Polaris Ranger XP1000, with accessories and to schedule Public Information Meeting related to said Application. Brighton seconded, roll call was unanimous.
Kim Brooks, Library Board President, introduced Faith Brehm who was hired as the Library Director. Langerman moved to approve Resolution #2022-156 To Acknowledge the hiring of Monticello Library Director full-time position and setting salary. Hanken seconded, roll call was unanimous.
Farnum reported this plat created a lot where Oak Street constructed their building on Welter Drive. Langerman moved to approve Resolution #2022-157 Approving Plat of Surveyto Parcel 2022-85. Peach seconded, roll call was unanimous.
Langerman moved to approve Resolution #2022-158 Approving Plat of Surveyto Parcels 2022-88 and 2022-89. Brighton seconded, roll call was unanimous.
Yeoman moved to approve Resolution #2022-159 Approving Plat of Survey to Parcel 2022-87 for Property at 22102 Highway 151. Hanken seconded, roll call was unanimous.
Langerman moved Ordinance #757 amending the Code of Ordinances of the City of Monticello, Iowa, by Amending Provisions Pertaining to “Chapter 165 “ZONING REGULATIONS”, second reading in title only. Brighton seconded. Roll call was unanimous.
Langerman moved Ordinance #758 amending the Code of Ordinances of the City of Monticello, Iowa, by Amending Provisions Pertaining to “Nuisance Abatement Procedure”, second reading in title only. Peach seconded. Roll call was unanimous.
Farnum was excited to have Faith Brehm as Library Director and thanked Library staff for working extra hours to keep library going.
Farnum thanked the staff and volunteers for making Holiday of 1st event a success.
Farnum reported for Water/Wastewater Superintendent Jim Tjaden that Royal Flush had no violations in November 2022.
Farnum reported the City Offices will be closed Friday December 23rd and Monday December 26th and then December 30th and January 2, 2023 for Christmas and New Year’s holidays.
Farnum and Hinrichsen reported working on budget.
Kahler stated they got the tractor back and are getting the snow blower on it.
Kahler reported the he, Zeb Bowser, City Engineer Patrick Schwickerath and 3 environmental engineers from Snyder and Associates walked the Sixth Street ditch and will be putting together the plans on the ditch for Council review.
Smith reported a paramedic resigned, so they are accepting applications to fill the position. City should start to receive the EMS tax in September 2023.
Oswald thanked everyone that helped with the Holiday on 1st event or attended the event.
Oswald stated the Recreation department will be having free activities during the winter break on December 27th and 29th and participants need to register for the activities.
Mayor Pro Tem wished everyone Happy Holidays.
Peach motion to adjourn the meeting at 6:32 P.M.
Chris Lux, Mayor Pro Tem
Sally Hinrichsen, City Clerk/Treasurer