City Council Minutes – April 20, 2020

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Madrid City Council
Regular Meeting
April 20, 2020
5:30 p.m.

The City Council meeting was called to order at 5:32 p.m. with Mayor Tom Brown presiding. Mayor Brown conducted the meeting via Zoom as face to face meetings cannot be held due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Present at Roll Call: Nate Samples, Steve Burich, Marvin Ostrander, Chuck Rigby and Lane Shaver.

Other City Officials Present: City Clerk Mary Jo Reese and Public Works Director Scott Church.

Motion by Councilperson Shaver, seconded by Councilperson Burich to approve the agenda for April 20, 2020.

Ayes: Samples, Burich, Ostrander, Rigby, Shaver                            Motion Carried

Motion by Councilperson Rigby, second by Councilperson Samples to open a public hearing for the FY 19-20 Budget Amendment.

Ayes: Samples, Burich, Ostrander, Rigby, Shaver                            Motion Carried

No persons wished to discuss the budget amendment with the Council, and no correspondence was received regarding the issue. Motion by Councilperson Burich, second by Councilperson Shaver to close the public hearing.

Ayes: Samples, Burich, Ostrander, Rigby, Shaver                            Motion Carried

No Councilperson wished to declare a conflict of interest.

Motion by Councilperson Ostrander, second by Councilperson Samples to approve the City Council meeting minutes of April 4, 2020.

Ayes: Samples, Burich, Ostrander, Rigby, Shaver                            Motion Carried

Motion by Councilperson Shaver, second by Councilperson Samples to approve the claims for April 20, 2020 in the amount of $ 149,336.11.

Ayes: Samples, Burich, Ostrander, Rigby, Shaver                            Motion Carried

Trent Fellers with Windstream spoke to the Council asking for an easement to place above ground transmission lines for fiber optic internet that would reach approximately 665 addresses within the city limits of Madrid. The Council asked if he was aware that Alliant Energy has plans to remove some of its poles once they have buried their lines. Fellers was not aware of that fact. Mayor Brown asked that Fellers reach out to Alliant Energy to obtain specifics regarding the Alliant project. The Council chose to table the matter until Fellers could supply more specific information regarding the project.

Kurt Phillips with Boone County Economic Growth addressed the Council to update them on the group’s projects for the next year. He thanked Councilperson Lane Shaver for representing Madrid on the board. He asked the Council to approve a donation of $2,500 for the coming year. Mayor Brown stated the request would be placed on the agenda for the next Council Meeting. Phillips offered to help the City of Madrid with any of it’s upcoming projects. He will be put in touch with Abby Gilroy for his input on the 246 West 2nd Street projects.

Motion by Councilperson Shaver, second by Councilperson Burich to approve the renewal of liquor license for the Flat Tire Lounge.

Ayes: Samples, Burich, Ostrander, Rigby, Shaver                            Motion Carried

Motion by Councilperson Burich, second by Councilperson Ostrander to approve Resolution # 40-19-20, Budget Amendment and Certification Resolution.”

Ayes: Samples, Burich, Ostrander, Rigby, Shaver                            Motion Carried

Councilperson Burich commented he received another email regarding allowing backyard chickens in Madrid. He does not plan to bring the matter before the Council for consideration. Councilperson Shaver stated he received commentary from a person unhappy with the placement of an Alliant Energy unit. He also thanked the fire department for reaching out to the community during the epidemic. Mayor Brown thanked the citizens of Madrid for following Covid-19 guidelines and asked that everyone remain positive.

Motion by Councilperson Shaver, second by Councilperson Rigby to close the Council Meeting at 6:34 p.m.