3.25.20 – Council Meeting Minutes
CITY OF CORYDON
REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
The public hearing for the preliminary 20/21 budget was called to order at 7:00 p.m by Mayor Moorman. Present were council members Bennett, Christian, Holmes, Rupe, and Rodgers. Also in attendance were Deputy Clerk – Laticia Stewart, Times Republican Representative – Jen Reed, City employee – Brandon Trower, and Nancy Buss from Hall Engineering.
The Deputy Clerk reported City Hall had not received any written or oral comments.
Holmes made the motion to come out of the public hearing. Bennett seconded. Ayes – Bennett, Christian, Holmes, Rupe, and Rodgers. Nays – none.
The regular Corydon City Council Meeting was called to order by Mayor Moorman. Present was everyone mentioned above. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the council also provided a conference line for the public to call in on. This is in compliance with Iowa Code Chapter 21.8 and the Emergency Declaration for Electronic Meetings made by Governor Reynolds.
The council made a proclamation to declare April as Child Sexual Abuse Awareness Month. Bennett made the motion to approve this. Rodgers seconded. Ayes – Bennett, Christian, Holmes, Rupe, and Rodgers. Nays – none.
Nancy Buss with Hall Engineering was present to update the council on their current projects. She informed them the water main project is to begin sometime within the next two weeks. The water building project taking place by the reservoir was planned to start the beginning of April, however due to wet conditions now will start mid-April. It will take 6-8 weeks to accomplish. Buss said the curb and storm sewer work will start as soon as next week.
Buss informed the council that the school turned down the idea of extending the culvert by the elementary school. So the South West Street project will continue as originally planned.
Norris Asphalt, who will be doing our street project, also will be doing the State Highway 2 project that starts east of Corydon and goes through Centerville. Due to this they will be setting up an asphalt plant between Corydon and Centerville. Norris offered to save the City $50,000 in transport fees if they were to use this plant instead of having to come from farther away. However, Norris would need a 3 month completion date extension, which would push the project start date back to late summer. The council decided it was the in the Corydon residents best interest to leave the original completion date, so the streets can be repaired sooner.
Kenny Banks was unable to attend the meeting, but provided the council with a packet of information and questions. Bennett made the motion to table this discussion until Banks could be present. Rodgers seconded. Ayes – Bennett, Christian, Holmes, Rupe, and Rodgers. Nays-none.
Rupe made the motion to approve ORDINANCE 341, AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 10.42 OF THE CORYDON MUNICIPAL CODE TO REGULATE THE USE OF GOLF CARTS IN THE CITY OF CORYDON, IOWA. Holmes seconded. Ayes – Bennett, Christian, Holmes, Rupe, and Rodgers. Nays-none.
Bennett read the edited paragraph in Ordinance 340. Holmes made the motion to approve ORDINANCE 340, AN ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING CHAPTER 10.46 OF THE CORYDON MUNICIPAL CODE TO REGULATE ALL-TERAIN VEHICLES, SNOWMOBILES, MINI BIKES, AND GO KARTS IN THE CITY OF CORYDON, IOWA. Rupe seconded. Ayes – Bennett, Christian, Holmes, Rupe, and Rodgers. Nays-none.
Rodgers made the motion to approve Resolution 2020-13, a resolution correcting Resolution 2020-06 to Approve the FY20-21 Maximum Property Tax Dollars. Rupe Seconded. Ayes – Bennett, Christian, Holmes, Rupe, and Rodgers. Nays-none.
Bennett made the motion to approve Resolution 2020-14, a resolution to approve the Preliminary 20/21 Budget. Holmes seconded. Ayes – Bennett, Christian, Holmes, Rupe, and Rodgers. Nays – none.
Rodgers made the motion to approve Resolution 2020-15, a resolution setting a public hearing on April 22, 2020 at 7pm for a 19/20 Budget Amendment. Christian – seconded. Ayes – Bennett, Christian, Holmes, Rupe, and Rodgers. Nays – none.
Rupe made the motion to approve the monthly financial report from LeCompte Memorial Library. Rodgers seconded. Ayes – Bennett, Christian, Holmes, Rupe, and Rodgers. Nays none.
The Mayor called for a discussion of good cause business.
1. Rupe, Bennett, and Rodgers mentioned they had each been contacted by an out of county person interested in buying property and building apartments or duplexes in Corydon. Each member thought they could suggest some properties in town for the person to try and acquire.
2. Moorman said a resident had contacted him wondering if a semi trailer, without wheels, could be moved into town and used as a shed. The council was not sure if that would be in compliance with zoning regulations and our junk vehicle ordinance. They decided they needed to do research before a decision could be made.
3. Christian mentioned that special session council meetings will probably needed in the near future to discuss actions involving the COVID-19 pandemic.
4. Bennett stated the Personnel Committee would like to recommend moving, current Utility Billing Clerk in training, Eva Moore up to the City Clerk’s position. They also would like to discuss the Utility Billing Clerk job description before opening that up for applications again. Rodgers made the motion to accept the recommendation to move Eva Moore into the City Clerk position. Eva would assume the position starting March 26th and her wage for City Clerk would start at $15 per hour and increase to $16 per hour after 90 days. Rupe seconded. Ayes – Bennett, Christian, Holmes, Rupe, and Rodgers. Nays none.
5. Mayor Moorman informed the council that City Hall will be needing to get a new water heater. They obtained quotes from Clayton’s Plumbing and Heating and Southern Iowa Plumbing. The Deputy Clerk reported Clayton’s quote was lower. The council agreed to have Clayton’s replace the water heater.
6. The Deputy Clerk informed the Council that Cassie Shields had called a couple times wondering what the Council had decided on selling fireworks. Moore found out there is about $1600 of state fees that have to be paid. The council decided to get more info on Cassie’s plans such as her deadline to order and whether she was aware of those fees.
7. The Deputy Clerk reported a resident on W. Maple St. was having issues with her property line and the neighbors garden shed crossing it. The council said they do not determine property lines and this is a civil mater.
Rupe made the motion to approve the minutes of the previous meetings and the clerk’s report. Holmes seconded. Ayes – Bennett, Christian, Holmes, Rupe, and Rodgers. Nays none.
The Deputy Clerk reported the Olmstead case had been postponed until January 2021 due to COVID-19.
Trower asked the council again about the City paying part of his cell phone bill, since he uses it all the time for City business. The council agreed to consider this and make a resolution soon.
The next regular council meeting will be held on Monday, April 6, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.