Elkader Council

The Elkader City Council approved the issuance of nearly 3.8-million dollars in General Obligation Bonds. The move covers the expenses of the Carter Street Improvement Project and Keystone Bridge Improvement Project, along with some other equipment purchases.

The Council approved amending the current budget by 943-thousand dollars, which includes the down payment for a New Fire Truck, and Engineering Fees for a number of projects.

The Council approved a hotel feasibility study at a cost not to exceed 95-hundred. The city had one completed around ten years ago that stated it could support a Hotel in the community.

The City also approved a resolution to extend the 25-year franchise agreement with Interstate Power and Light which would allow a future franchise fee to the city, if the fee is enacted by the City Council.


The Elkader City Council met on Monday, May 24, 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, Daryl Koehn, Bob Hendrickson, Tony Hauber, Randy Henning

Hendrickson moved to approve the consent agenda. Hauber seconded the motion.

Roll call: Aye: Lane, Koehn, 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.)

a. Minutes from the May 10, 2021 meeting

b. Bills (May 12-21, 2021)

c. Financial reports (Treasurer’s report)

d. Approval of new home purchase incentive (Fairbanks – 410 High Street NE; Schuety – 816 Carter Street NW)

e. Outdoor liquor license for TD’s Sports Bar and Grille

f. Approval of Resolution 2021-42 - Resolution providing for the issuance of $1,125,000 General Obligation Corporate Purpose Bonds, Series 2021A and providing for the levy of taxes to pay the same

g. Approval of Resolution 2021-43 - Resolution providing for the issuance of $2,640,000 General Obligation Annual Appropriation Street Improvement Bonds, Series 2021B and providing for the levy of taxes (subject to non-appropriation) to pay the same

Public comments No public comments were received.

The owner of 201 N. Main Street was in attendance so the Mayor moved part of item #12 (a. Tabled from last meeting – Budget: Sidewalk (in front of Opera House and in Mascara Park)) up. Council and the property discussed the concern of water draining from Mascara Park into the basement of 201 N. Main Street and discussed possible solutions. Koehn moved to accept the proposal from Zach Moyle to replace the sidewalk in front of the Opera House and to install a water diversion structure along the southerly side of Mascara Park provided the property owner accepts the improvement as a good faith effort on the part of the City to solve the problem, acknowledges that the structure is now his responsibility for repairs or replacement in the future and for snow removal. Lane seconded the motion. Staff is to determine the property lines and have a hold harmless agreement drawn up.

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

Nay: None

Public Hearing on FY 2021 budget amendment; Approval of Resolution 2021-37 - Approving an Amendment to the City of Elkader FY 2020-21 Budget Mayor Pope opened the public hearing on the FY 2021 budget amendment. No public comments were received, either before or during the public hearing. Mayor Pope closed the public hearing. Koehn moved to approve Resolution 2021-37. Henning seconded the motion.

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

Nay: None

Public hearing – Public hearing to receive input on the City’s intent to apply for a USDA Rural Development grant for the street sweeper Mayor Pope opened the public hearing on the City’s intent to apply for a USDA Rural Development grant for the new street sweeper. No comments were received during the public hearing. Mayor Pope closed the public hearing.

Approval of Resolution 2021-38 – Approving Agreement with O’Connor, Brooks, & Co., P.C. to perform the annual financial review for FY 2021, 2022 and 2023 Lane moved to approve Resolution 2021-38. Henning seconded the motion.

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

Nay: None

Approval of Resolution 2021-39 – Authorizing reimbursement plan for property owners who replace sidewalk or water/sewer lines in connection with the City’s Carter Street Rehab Project (2021) Lane moved to approve Resolution 2021-39. Hendrickson seconded the motion.

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

Nay: None

Approval of Resolution 2021-40 - Declaring Street Sweeper Surplus Property and Providing Notice of Disposition of City Property Lane moved to approve Resolution 2021-40. Koehn seconded the motion.

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

Nay: None

Approval of Resolution 2021-41 – Approving a proposal to conduct a hotel feasibility study Koehn moved to approve Resolution 2021-41. Henning seconded the motion. Council discussed the funding source of hotel/motel tax for the study and if there were other options.

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

Nay: Hauber

Approval of Resolution 2021- 44 – A resolution setting a public hearing on proposal to adopt a Revenue Purpose Statement for the use or expenditures of revenues from an electric service franchise fee Lane moved to approve Resolution 2021-44. Koehn seconded the motion.

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

Nay: None

Approval of Resolution 2021-45 – A Resolution setting public hearing on proposal to adopt a non-exclusive 25-year franchise agreement with Interstate Power and Light Company, its successors and assigns, to acquire, construct, erect, maintain and operate an electric system in the City of Elkader, Iowa and to furnish and sell electric energy to the City and its inhabitants, and requiring said Company to pay a franchise fee to the City, if a fee is enacted by the City Council

Koehn moved to approve Resolution 2021-45. Hauber seconded the motion.

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

Nay: None

Administrative staff update: b.Discuss/provide direction regarding American Rescue Plan Staff discussed the different categories allowed in the American Rescue Plan and Council provided guidance. Staff will put together a list of projects with cost estimates and bring it back to Council.

Questions and concerns of the council Council asked for an update on the schedule for the Carter Street project; a suggestion was passed on about signage for the weight limit on the bridge.

Koehn moved to adjourn the meeting. Henning seconded the motion. Council voted unanimously to adjourn. Mayor Pope declared the meeting adjourned at 7:53 p.m.

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