Regular Council Meeting
December 20, 2021 – 6:00 P.M.
Community Media Center
Mayor Brian Wolken called the meeting to order. Council present were: Dave Goedken, Brenda Hanken, Candy Langerman, Chris Lux, Scott Brighton and Tom Yeoman. Also present were City Administrator Russell Farnum, City Clerk Sally Hinrichsen, Library Director Michelle Turnis, 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). The meeting did have public attendance, both in-person and via Zoom.
Yeoman moved to approve the agenda, Brighton seconded, roll call unanimous.
Lux moved the consent agenda, Hanken seconded, roll call unanimous.
Yeoman moved to approve Resolution #2021-156 Approving Mary Heeren Tax Abatement Application related to Residential Improvements constructed at 500 Locust Court, Monticello, Iowa. Lux seconded; roll call unanimous.
Farnum reported Senior Housing has offered to donate the parcel of land by Kleinow Field, where the improvements were unintentionally encroached upon their property, to remove potential liability. Langerman moved to approve Resolution #2021-157 Approving and directing City Administrator to accept ownership of Parcel 2021-73, by the acceptance of a Quit Claim Deed from Senior Housing, Inc and further approving Plat of Survey for Parcels 2021-72 and 2021-73, and directing the City Clerk to see to the recordation of said Deed with the Jones County Recorder. Brighton seconded; roll call unanimous.
Langerman moved to approve Resolution #2021-158 Scheduling Public Hearing on design and environmental information related to the proposed improvements to the City’s wastewater treatment system/water supply system. Lux seconded; roll call unanimous. Public Hearing was set for February 7, 2022 at 6 P.M.
Yeoman moved to approve Ordinance #752 amending the Code of Ordinances of the City of Monticello, Iowa, by amending Chapter 90, Section 07 pertaining to Deposit, third and final reading in title only. Hanken seconded. Roll call unanimous.
Langerman moved to approve Ordinance #753 amending the Code of Ordinances of the City of Monticello, Iowa, by amending provisions pertaining to House Movers, third and final reading in title only. Brighton seconded. Roll call unanimous.
Turnis reported a new storywalk book will be put out this week.
Turnis and Oswald reported there was a great turnout for the Holiday on 1st event and thanked everyone for helping and supporting the event.
Kahler reported on recent work completed and the recent storm damage and cleanup.
Smith reported working with IDOT on crosswalk by High School and markings. Smith met with Ben Capron regarding sidewalk and drainage issues at the fairgrounds. Fair Board agreed to bid and make repairs, with City paying for the sidewalk near the entrance only. This will be placed on the next agenda.
Farnum reported the City Offices will be closed this week and next week on Thursday and Friday due to the holidays. There will be no change in the garbage or recycling schedules either week.
Hinrichsen reported receiving the computers that were offered by the State Buy-It program at no cost to the City.
Wolken thanked the Council and City staff for the last six years and stated it was an honor to serve the City. Several also thanked Wolken for his service to the City.
Brighton moved to adjourn the meeting at 6:27 pm. Council held a Work Session until 7:22 pm, to review the City Employee Handbook with no formal action taken.
Brian Wolken, Mayor
Sally Hinrichsen, City Clerk