Special Gladbrook City Council By Marcy Knaack
May 16, 2014
Monday evening at the regular meeting of the Gladbrook City Council the Council expressed their interest and support to John Clausen and Roger Thompson of Trees Forever to hold a public meeting in regards to the Emerald Ash Borer. It will be held Thursday, July 31st at 7 p.m. at Peace Church. A public hearing for a FY 13/14 budget amendment was held with no objectors present. Resolution 14-37 was approved as presented by City Clerk Lori Bearden. The total increase in expenses and transfers out was $1,007,905 and the total increase in revenue and transfers in was $677,250. The largest expense amendment of $603,500 fell under Capital Projects for the fire/ambulance building. The largest revenue amendment was $450,000 from the Gladbrook Community Foundation for the fire/ambulance capital projects. The Council made a motion to deny the request from Ron Brooks for a fence variation. The Council approved a payment to Ament Design for $3,538.40 which included $1,959.37 for design services and $1,579.03 for reproduction costs which was half of the bill submitted in April. The Council noted that several loads of dirt were hauled from the site of the Gladbrook Fire/Ambulance building project and they want it known that no dirt is to be removed from the site. Excess dirt will be taken to the tree dump by city employees and is for city use only. The Council did not approve the first reading of Ordinance #126 to prohibit the feeding and/or sheltering of feral, homeless or stray animals as there were several areas where the wording was changed. Any person and/or property owner, who fails to comply with a cease and desist order, will be subject to a fine of $50 for the first offense, $100 for the second offense and $200 for the third and each subsequent offense. Corn Carnival dates are June 26-29 and the Council adopted a resolution allowing the use of golf carts for the Corn Carnival parade use only and a resolution allowing use of all-terrain and gator utility vehicles by Corn Carnival Corporation permits only. A fourteen day Corn Carnival Gambling License was approved. This allows the Corporation to operate activities of chance and raffle during the 2014 celebration. The council approved the appointment of Marcia Plett to the theater board. Public Works Director Mark Lowry discussed with the Council the letter received from French-Reneker & Associates in regards to Gladbrook determination of flows and loads. French-Reneker was asked to review the facility plan for the City and upon review, they noticed monthly average flows were often higher than the permitted average flow. They reviewed the monthly operating reports from Jananury 2006 through September 2013. This included review of the pumping records from Central Iowa Water Association for the City of Lincoln. The wet years of 2008 and 2013 have set new capacity needs for many Cities with inflow and infiltration issues, including Gladbrook. It is the recommendation of French-Reneker to arrange a project initiation meeting with the IDNR to discuss these flows and treatment options but the Council wants to visit with Central Iowa Water Association also as the Council feels Central Iowa Water should be involved in the cost of updating the system. Sheriff Dennis Kucera reported his deputies had spent 129.25 hours within the city limits of Gladbrook and responded to 19 calls. The bills of $338.87 from Goos Implement, $219.50 from Clapsaddle Garber Associates and $91.98 from DeWitt's were removed from the consent agenda and approved under new business. Lowry discussed with the council the dust issue on Garfield Street when trucks leave Farm Service and the Council authorized Lowry to treat the street and share the cost with Farm Service. Lowry discussed the street work L L Pelling suggested doing this summer at an approximate cost of $32,000. The Council authorized to proceed with the street repairs. Council went into closed session to discuss a dangerous building and to discuss strategy in matters that are presently in litigation or where litigation is imminent where its disclosure would be likely to prejudice or disadvantage the position of the governmental body in that litigation.
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