The Dysart City Council met in regular session on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 7 p.m. Present were Mayor Pam Thiele, and Council Members Brandt, Zeien, Hennessy and Wankowicz, with Glenn absent.
The first order of business on the agenda was the draining and cleaning of the swimming pool in preparation for the beginning of summer. The city will be performing the routine maintenance of the pool in the upcoming weeks.
The city also discussed a drainage issue brought up by attending citizen Dennis Tompkins. His residence, which was purchased in 2010, sits on the north side of Estelle Street and frequently has flooding issues due to poor drainage. Tompkins complained that the water backup from the culvert that flows under Estelle Street is a breeding ground for mosquitos as well as an eyesore and nuisance. Tompkins presented several photos of the problem and the council discussed the matter at length. The solution agreed upon was for Tompkins to fill in the problem areas with gravel to ease with drainage, and install PVC piping to divert water, provided by Mr. Tompkins, as long as it was approximately three feet away from the culvert intake.
Tama-Benton Cooperative Manager Mel Campbell gave an update and said the dryer at the Co-Op would be operational in the coming weeks. There will also be silt fencing installed and pad for the fertilizer plant. Among other items Campbell addressed was the Old Iron Days, tentatively scheduled for July 28th. There may also be an event with 100 tractors driving 60 and 100 mile routes from Vinton to Clutier to signify 100 years.
A motion was approved on the Liberty Street sewer project, which will cost an estimated $47,000. The project would be an extension of the sewer from the intersection of Liberty and Estelle north to Talmage Street.
The council also approved the consent agenda, which included the minutes of the March 2012 meeting, disbursements and April 2012 bills to be allowed, March financial reports and the approval of Kim Krupa and Dave Rutledge as members of the Dysart Ambulance Service. The motion was made by Brandt and seconded by Wankowicz, passing unanimously.
Council Member Brandt reported on the DDC annual meeting last week. Mayor Thiele advised that Fire Chief Al Bredehoeft has agreed to serve as alternate to the Tama County Emergency Management and 911 Service Boards. She also advised that an additional $2,500 in work was needed to repair broken storm sewer discovered during the State Street project.
The council did not decide on any use of the former police station, and will resume discussion of the issue following a tour of all city facilities on Wednesday, May 9, at 5:30 p.m., prior to the next regular council meeting.
Council members also decided to remove sand from the volleyball courts at the city park, which will eliminate the problem of stray cats in the area. The city plans to keep the poles and nets up and fill in the area with grass so citizens can still enjoy the court.
A motion was introduced by Wankowicz to approve Deputy City Clerk Kelly Knoop's attendance at the Municipal Professionals Institute on July 16-17, 2012. The motion was seconded by Hennessy and passed unanimously.
Resolution Number 2012-08, A Resolution Designating Parking Restrictions, was introduced by Brandt and seconded by Zeien, passing unanimously. It will prohibit parking in the gravel lot on the sides of Wilson Street near Casey's General Store.
The council also approved the purchase of four additional picnic tables for the park at a cost of $630 each. The other purchase approved by the council this month was for three portable radios for the police department at a cost of approximately $2,000.
Chief Dunagan introduced the Police Officer job description for the opening the city has advertised, and the council approved the description as written. The council approved the Tama County Sheriff's Office law enforcement contract for the fiscal year 2012-13.
The next meeting of the Dysart City Council is scheduled for Wednesday, May 9, at 7 p.m.