Elkader Council

The Elkader City Council approved the third and final reading of an ordinance renewing the franchise agreement with Alliant Energy. The agreement calls for the creation of a one-percent franchise fee and includes an opt-out clause after 15-years.

The Council received information on the Mobile Food Vendor Issue. They were informed that most cities have the vendors registered, have proof of insurance, and pay for a permit. The Council has a Committee that is working on the issue.

The Council received word that the Carter Street Rehab Project is running behind schedule. They will work with the contractor to formulate a plan to get caught up.

The Elkader City Council met on Monday, August 23, 2021 in regular session at 6:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, with Mayor Josh Pope presiding. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited and roll call was taken. Roll call: Present: Peggy Lane, Tony Hauber, Randy Henning, Daryl Koehn and Bob Hendrickson.

Lane moved to approve the consent agenda with the addition to the bills for $314.10 to Black Hills Energy. Hendrickson seconded the motion. A suggestion was made to remove item f. and table it until next meeting. Staff should inquire about an exemption to this requirement. Lane, who made the original motion, amended her motion to “approve the consent agenda but table item f.” Hendrickson agreed to the amendment.

Roll call: Aye: Koehn, Lane, Hendrickson, Hauber, Henning

Nay: none

Consent Agenda (Items on the consent agenda are considered routine in nature and all items are passed in one motion. In order to have an item voted on individually, it must be removed from the consent agenda.)

  1. Minutes from the August 9, 2021 meeting

  2. Bills (August 6-19, 2021)

  3. Financial reports (Treasurer’s report)

  4. Approval of liquor license application for Turkey River Enterprises, LLC d.b.a Elkader Pit Stop

(Class E liquor license with beer/wine and Sunday sale) (timely file); Schera’s Restaurant and Bar (special event September 18 and 19 for 1003 Miller Street NE and on Main Street for site previously approved dance; outdoor service)

  1. Approval of home purchase incentive (Hopp at 804 1st St NW; Emery at 309 2nd Street NE)

  2. Approval of Resolution 2021-58 – Resolution to accept a proposal from Origin Design for inspection services for the biennial inspection of the Keystone Bridge

  3. Approval of pay application #3 for Carter Street Rehab project to JB Holland ($102,088.90)

  4. Approval of Resolution 2021-59 - Amending City of Elkader Housing Incentives Program

Public comments The reporter from the Times-Register thanked the Council members who provide input for the news articles and encourage those that haven’t engaged to participate.

Mike McShane, owner of GEAR Elkader, was present to share ideas on the mobile food vendor issue. He has been speaking with other restaurant owners and recommends: require permit from the City so the City knows a vendor has been here in case of an outbreak of a foodborne illness; require the vendors have to provide proof of state food license and liability insurance and pay a yearly fee of $200 or weekend fee of $70. They are seeking to level the playing field with “brick and mortar” restaurants. Councilmember Hauber took note of the suggestions to share with the ad hoc committee on this topic.

Update on Carter Street Rehab Project Jack Huck from MSA Professional Services was in attendance to provide an update on the Carter Street Rehab Project. Huck reviewed the number of working days left on the contract and that in coordination with the City is working with the contractor to determine how to get back on schedule and what will be completed prior to winter. Huck also shared information about an issue with the pavement in the first phase and indicated by contract they must ask the contractor for a suggested resolution to the issue. Then they can review and make a recommendation to the Council. Council made suggestions on how to communicate with the residents regarding this issue.

Third reading of Ordinance 2021-01 – renewing franchise agreement with Alliant Energy Koehn moved to approve Ordinance 2021-01. Henning seconded the motion.

Roll call: Aye: Koehn, Lane, Hendrickson, Henning

Nay: Hauber

Administrative staff update: Staff provided a list of options for the American Rescue Plan Funds. Council indicated an interest in providing wireless access in public locations and addressing the negative economic impact on small businesses. Staff will coordinate more ideas on the latter and bring back to Council.

Questions and concerns of the council Council asked for an update on the electric car charger; an update on the project for lights and speakers downtown; a concern was shared about congestion on First Street and Willow Street and traffic detoured due to construction; a suggestion was shared about painting the Shelter House; a concern was shared about the engineering contract for the Keystone Bridge project and if amends will be made now that the project has been let. Staff will work with the engineer and bring back information to the Council.

Koehn moved to adjourn the meeting. Hauber seconded the motion. Council voted unanimously to adjourn. Mayor Pope declared the meeting adjourned at 7:54 p.m.