City Council Minutes – January 2, 2018

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Madrid City Council
Regular Meeting
January 2, 2018
5:30 p.m.

The City Council meeting was called to order at 5:30 p.m. with Mayor Dirk Ringgenberg presiding.

Present at Roll Call: Nate Samples, Val Chapman, Dave Cook, Lane Shaver, and Kurt Kruse.

Other City Officials Present: City Clerk Mary Jo Reese, Deputy City Clerk Deb Biegger, Public Works Director Scott Church, Police Chief Rick Tasler, Library Director Angie Strong and Park Board Member Dualla Carlson.

Motion by Councilperson Shaver, seconded by Councilperson Kruse to approve the agenda for January 2, 2018.

Ayes: All Present                                                                 Motion Carried

Motion by Councilperson Chapman, seconded by Councilperson Samples to approve the City Council Meeting Minutes of December 18, 2017.

Ayes: All Present                                                                 Motion Carried

Motion by Councilperson Kruse, seconded by Councilperson Chapman to approve the claims for January 2, 2018 in the amount of $ 529,019.35.

Ayes: All Present                                                                 Motion Carried

Mike Hassebrock of 328 N. Main Street, Madrid, asked the Council to update him regarding the property located next to his at 332 N. Main Street. The property has been vacant for several years and is currently occupied by raccoons and vermin. In addition, parts of the foundation and roof are in disrepair. Mayor Ringgenberg stated the property is the next one the city will pursue for violation of the vacant and abandoned buildings/dangerous buildings ordinance.

Library Director Angie Strong reported upcoming programs include Pinterest Party, Pages for All Ages, Family Storytime, After Hours Game Night for teens, Movie Night with the movie Despicable Me 3 and January 14th will be the Puppet Show.

Public Safety Director Rick Tasler advised that a recent drug arrest resulted in a seizure of $2,611. That money is shared with the Boone County Attorney’s office and the Department of Justice. Tasler reported all three full time officers will be attending a “Constitutional Use of Force” class on March 19th. Tasler reported the department received a donation of three new tires for the Crown Victoria police vehicle. Mayor Ringgenberg asked that Tasler follow up on placing a camera on the Chevrolet Tahoe police vehicle.

Public Works Director Scott Church reported he is currently working with Iowa DOT and SEH to acquire some digital speed limit signs for placement near the bike trail on Highway 17. All public works employees will be attending training hosted by Iowa One Call on January 9th. Church also asked that the public remember that the line from the curb stop to the house for water service is the responsibility of the owner. If there is a problem with the line in that area, it is the homeowner’s responsibility to fix the problem.

Motion by Councilperson Chapman, seconded by Councilperson Kruse to approve Resolution #17-17-18, “Resolution Regarding Proposal to Convey Real Estate.” The resolution sets a public hearing for the matter of two vacant lots the city wishes to sell to Brent Hansen. The hearing will be held on February 15th at 5:30 p.m.

Ayes: All Present                                                                 Motion Carried

Motion by Councilperson Shaver, seconded by Councilperson Kruse to approve Resolution # 18-17-18, “Resolution to Transfer Funds for the Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2018.

Ayes: All Present                                                                 Motion Carried

Councilperson Kruse asked that the Council revisit the idea of placing a temporary stop sign in the crosswalk between Edgewood Park and the ballfields to the east during times of ball games at the park. Tasler stated a wheeled stop sign placed during ball games should be sufficient. Councilperson Cook recommended a painted cross walk, with appropriate pedestrian signing. Kruse also mentioned it is possible now that we have our website up, to have domain names for employees and Councilmembers email accounts, with “madridiowa.org”. Kruse will investigate the process.

Mayor Ringgenberg expressed his condolences to the families of long time Madrid residents Gene Morning, and Ron Sundberg who recently passed away.

Mayor Ringgenberg scheduled a budget workshop on January 30, 2018 to finalize items for the budget.

Mayor Ringgenberg reminded the public to come to a Council Meeting if they wish to discuss a matter. Ringgenberg will not hold private meetings with individuals.

Decisions on disposition of property recently acquired by the city, will be handled by the Council, and MAC.

Motion by Councilperson Shaver, seconded by Councilperson Kruse to adjourn the City Council Meeting at 6:02 p.m.