Regular Council Meeting – Official
July 1, 2019 – 6:00 P.M.
Community Media Center
Mayor Brian Wolken called the meeting to order. Council present: Brenda Hanken, Rob Paulson, Candy Langerman, Chris Lux and Tom Yeoman. Also present were City Administrator Doug Herman, City Clerk Sally Hinrichsen, Public Works Director Nick Kahler, Police Chief Britt Smith and City Engineer Patrick Schwickerath. Council Member Dave Goedken arrived later in the meeting.
Yeoman moved to approve the agenda, Lux seconded, roll call unanimous.
During Open Forum, Bud Coyle, 515 N Sycamore St, commented on what he saw as poor cemetery upkeep. Gaylen Kray, 634 N Sycamore, agreed with Coyle. Kray also commented on the Diamond Drive ball diamond garbage cans not being emptied two weeks in a row and smelled. Kray also stated the dumpsters at City Park overflowing on the weekend.
Lux moved to approve the consent agenda, Langerman seconded, roll call unanimous.
Wolken opened the Public Hearing on Tom Yeoman’s request to rezone property located at 215 W 7th Street from M-1 Light Manufacturing to R-3 Condominium District. Mike Holmes commented that he wanted to be sure there would not be an issue with his auto repair shop and a nearby stock yard, also commenting that he did not oppose the project and thought it would be an improvement to the area. Staff reported that no oral or written comments had been received. Wolken moved to close the public hearing. Paulson introduced and moved Ordinance #726 amending Chapter 165 “Zoning Regulations” and amending the Official Zoning map, first reading and in title only, Lux seconded. Roll call: All ayes except Yeoman who abstained.
Wolken opened the Public Hearing on Dean Stevens’ request to rezone property located at 853 South Main Street from R-1 Single Family Residential to R-3 Condominium District. There was no public comment and staff reported that no oral or written comments had been received. Wolken moved to close the public hearing. Yeoman introduced and moved Ordinance #727 amending Chapter 165 “Zoning Regulations” and amending the Official Zoning map, first reading and in title only, Langerman seconded, roll call unanimous.
Yeoman moved to approve Resolution #19-94 Approving Pay Request #3 from Horsfield Construction related to North Sycamore Street Reconstruction Project in the amount of $274,824.93, Langerman seconded, roll call unanimous.
Langerman moved to approve Resolution #19-95 Approving Change Order #3 submitted by Horsfield Construction, Inc related to North Sycamore Street Reconstruction Project in the amount of $2,313.38, Lux seconded, roll call unanimous.
Smith reported on meeting attended by Wolken, Yeoman, Langerman, Herman and himself, with Jones County Supervisors Ned Rohwedder and Wayne Manternach, County Auditor Janine Sulzner and Sheriff Greg Graver. Lux moved to approve Resolution #19-96 Approving Agreement for Communication Services between Jones County, Jones County Sheriff and City of Monticello, Yeoman seconded, roll call unanimous. This agreement was for Fiscal Year 2018-2019.
Lux moved to approve Resolution #19-97 to approve Contract for Municipal Attorney’s fees between the City of Monticello and Lynch Dallas, P.C., Langerman seconded, roll call unanimous.
Fire Chief Don McCarthy reported that the Fire Department wished to seek bids on a new pumper fire truck. The estimated cost is $330,000.00 and the truck would be paid for with previously set aside funds. Fire Board recommended authorizing fire department to solicit bids for pumper fire truck. Hanken moved to approve Resolution #19-98 authorizing Fire Department to seek bids on new “Pumper Fire Truck”, Yeoman seconded, roll call unanimous
Langerman moved to approve Resolution #19-99 approving Conditional Rezoning Agreement between City of Monticello and Mitch and Kendi Monk for 5 Spring Farm Lane, Unit 1 & 2, Lux seconded, roll call unanimous.
Langerman moved Ordinance #725 amending Chapter 165 “Zoning Regulations” and amending the Official Zoning map, third and final reading and in title only; with the following conditions as spelled out in a Conditional Rezoning Agreement: at least one unit must be owner occupied, no regular aboveground discharge from septic system, and only two, two bedroom condos would be allowed, Hanken seconded, roll call unanimous.
Herman reported using North Sycamore Street project waste at the compost site which has since been graded with rock put down. Herman has a quote for a security system and is awaiting an updated fence quote and landscape quote.
Herman reported a few more residents on Seventh Street have turned in responses agreeing to a voluntary assessment if their street is reconstructed but because a number residents have not, responded the City would need to follow the special assessment process. Engineer is working on water, sanitary sewer and storm sewer specifications. Council member Dave Goedken arrived.
Herman asked if the Council had given additional consideration to the potential sale of City owned property on Diamond Drive. Wolken stated that Alice Brighton is interested in purchasing some of the lot to make her lot larger. Herman will publish notice that the City is considering the sale of at least a portion of the property and request proposals from interested persons.
Herman reported that the City Fountain is operational. He reported that it was using the same spray head that had always been used but that the spray pattern and water pressure was not currently identical.
Herman reported that he sent letters to the two residents on Maple Street near Ninth Street who do not have sidewalks, as discussed at prior meeting and has not heard from them. He will reach out to them again. Council discussed putting in curb and gutter between Madalyn Court and Ninth Street; and to install handicap ramps in that area.
Schwickerath reviewed progress on the North Sycamore Street project. He reported that the project is on schedule and they intend to have sub-base done from First Street to Sixth Street prior to the fair. The sanitary sewer is installed to Sixth Street and work continues on other infrastructure. Engineer, contractor and City staff will be meeting prior to fair to discuss barricading the sidewalks along the project area.
Goedken asked Council to go to City Parks and look at some of the trees. He felt the trees need to be mulched to save them from being hit by the mowers.
Hinrichsen reported election papers are now available for anyone interested in seeking election.
Langerman move to adjourn at 6:42 P.M.
Brian Wolken, Mayor
Sally Hinrichsen, City Clerk