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Strawberry Point Council

Strawberry Point City Council

Regular Meeting January 17, 2024


The Strawberry Point City Council met for a regular meeting on Wednesday, January 17, 2024, at 6:00 p.m. at the Council Chambers within Strawberry Point City Hall. Mayor Evans presided. Council members answering roll call were Yokiel, Gilson, Hansel, Gearhart, Rodas participating via speakerphone.

Hansel moved to approve the agenda as presented. Gearhart seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken. Ayes: Yokiel, Gilson, Rodas, Hansel, Gearhart. Nays: None. Motion passes


PRESENTATIONS/GUESTS

CONSENT AGENDAMinutes from January 3, 2024, City Council Meeting

Claims

             Gearhart moved to approve the consent agenda. Rodas seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken. Ayes: Gilson, Rodas, Gearhart, Yokiel. Nays: None. Abstain: Hansel. Motion passes.


UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Gearhart moved to approve Resolution # 24-01 Amending Proposed Resolution of Necessity for the Sanitary Sewer Main Improvement project. Hansel seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken. Ayes: Rodas, Hansel, Gearhart, Yokiel, Gilson. Nays: None. Motion passes

Yokiel moved to approve # 24-02 Resolution of Necessity. Hansel seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken. Ayes: Hansel, Gearhart, Yokiel, Gilson, Rodas. Nays: None. Motion passes

Yokiel moved to approve Resolution # 24- 03 Ratifying the Preparation of Detailed Plans, Specifications, Notice of Hearing, Notice to Bidders and Form of Contract. Gilson seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken. Ayes: Gearhart, Yokiel, Gilson, Rodas, Megan. Nays: None. Motion passes

Mayor Evans opened the public hearing on proposed plans, specifications, form of contract and estimate of cost for the Sanitary Sewer Main Improvements Project at 6:24 pm. After listening to a few concerns that some of the property owners had, Mayor Evans closed the Public Hearing at 6:30 p.m.

Yokiel moved to approve Resolution # 24-09 approving and confirming plans, specifications, form of contract and estimate of cost for the Sanitary Sewer Main Improvements Project. Hansel seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken. Ayes: Yokiel, Gilson, Rodas, Megan. Nays: Gearhart. Motion passes.

The mayor and council reviewed a letter from Fehr Graham with a tabulation of the bids received for the Sanitary Sewer Project. Fourteen bids were received with the low bid 3.58% under our preliminary contract estimate of $224,675.00 to the high bid of 37.46% over our estimate.

Yokiel moved to approve Resolution # 24-10 awarding a contract for the Sanitary Sewer Main Improvement Project to Top Grade Excavating Inc. of Farley Iowa in the amount of $216,614.30. Hansel seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken. Ayes: Gilson, Rodas, Megan, Yokiel. Nays: Gearhart. Motion passes.

INFORMATION

NEW BUSINESS

Gearhart moved to approve Resolution # 24-06 Fund transfer to accomplish repayment of the Civic Center Project. Hansel seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken. Ayes: Rodas, Hansel, Gearhart, Yokiel, Gilson. Nays: None. Motion passes

Gearhart moved to approve the calendar app for the new city website. Hansel seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken Ayes: Hansel, Gearhart, Yokiel, Gilson, Rodas. Nays: None. Motion passes. Please check our new website at www.cityofstrawberypoint.org


Gearhart moved to change the flow chart moving the city administrator position to oversee all departments so the flow chart goes Mayor, Council, Administrator then branches off to all other departments. Hansel seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken Ayes: Gearhart, Yokiel, Gilson, Rodas, Hansel. Nays: None. Motion passes

Gearhart moved to approve the pay scale for the city administrators position of $60,000.00 to

$ 90,000.00 depending on qualifications. Hansel seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken Ayes: Yokiel, Gilson, Rodas, Hansel, Gearhart. Nays: None. Motion passes

Gearhart moved to approve advertising for the City Administrator position with resumes being due February 16th p.m. addressed to the mayor at city hall. Hansel seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken Ayes: Yokiel, Gilson, Rodas, Hansel, Gearhart. Nays: None. Motion passes

Ambulance Director Nate Post shared with the council the request from RMC to lease the city’s second ambulance. Post went over the proposed lease agreement that RMC summitted for council approval. Gearhart made the motion to lease the ambulance with the lease changes of $125.00 per day, $65.00 per half, instead of 30 cents a loaded mile, 50 cents a loaded mile and replacement value added into the contract in case it gets wrecked. Gearhart modified his motion to allow RMC to lease the seconded ambulance updating the lease to say $125.00 per day, $65.00 per half, 30 cents per running mile and RMC must carry replacement insurance on it. Hansel seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken Ayes: Rodas, Hansel, Gearhart, Yokiel, Gilson. Nays: Hansel Motion passes

 OTHER BUSINESS

Jared shared with the council that she would be gone Tuesday and Wednesday of next week for training. Rita will be there on Tuesday so the office would be open on Tuesday but closed as usual on Wednesday.

Mayor Evans shared that public works would like to remind everyone with all the snow we have that garbage cans need to be in the driveway or make room for them on the snow drift, they cannot be in the road, it makes it difficult to plow.

Chris Bockenstedt wanted to thank the city guys for all the hard work they did with moving the snow from the recent snowfalls. Also, she wanted to discuss some rumors she had heard after the last council meeting. Bockenstedt had heard one of the police officers had resigned and wondered if we would be hiring a replacement. Mayor Evans stated that it would be discussed at a later council meeting. Also, she was told that the shelters at Campbell Park are in need of maintenance or they are going to fall down. So, she went and looked at them and they do need maintenance, or they are going to fall down. The mayor stated that shelter repairs are being budgeted for FY 2025. Bockenstedt didn’t know if maybe that was something the city wanted Point Vison to try to get some grants for but if it is in the city’s budget, that is great. Another rumor she had heard was that the city hall will be putting in a shower. The mayor said it has been proposed in the budget but nothing finalized. Bockenstedt also wanted the council to know that they finally got a chance to go down to the civic center and check out the improvements and they are nice, it’s not nearly as noisy as before. They noticed that the trophy case down there is in need of some work and wondered if they could volunteer to fix it.

Gearhart wanted to remind people in town that within 24 hours after a snowstorm, sidewalks need to be cleared of snow. Homeowners should double check where the gas pipe comes out of your house to make sure it is clear of snow and make sure to shovel fire hydrants.

With there being no other business, Yokiel moved to adjourn at 7:12 p.m. Hansel seconded the motion. All ayes.

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