The Dysart City Council held its regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday, May 9, 2012, at 7 p.m. at City Hall. All members were in attendance, with Zeien attending via speaker phone. The council met early to take a tour of the community building, ambulance building and city shop.
The first order of business on the docket was the public hearing on the proposed budget amendment for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2012. Mayor Pamela Thiele declared the hearing closed after no one offered comment on the measure.
There was a lengthy presentation by John McCalley of Energy Pioneers on the energy efficiency program offered by his company. The company is unique in that it offers not only energy audits, but the opportunity for residents to make repairs to their properties as part of the same process. The council will check references and consider the proposal again in July.
The council approved a request to close Crisman Street west of the city park for the July 4th celebration if needed due to weather.
One of the issues discussed at length by the council was the need for repairs at the city pool. Pool Manager Amy Crawford presented the council with a list of items that need attention, including the slide canopy, two lifeguard chairs, 12 table umbrellas and other items. There was a motion made by Glenn and seconded by Wankowicz for the purchase of new items. The motion carried. The pool manager will also be looking into portable lifts to ensure the city remains compliant with ADA requirements for a second means of handicapped access to the pool.
The council also discussed the possibility of adding an age limit to the pool, which would ensure that kids under a certain age would need to have a parent or guardian present. There was no decision made on the enforcement of an age limit.
Following the approval of the consent agenda, the council members brought up individual concerns. Wankowicz inquired about a manhole situation on Fairlane Street, which will be looked into by the public works superintendant and city engineer. She also expressed her desire for senior housing is Dysart.
Council member Hennessy noted the storm sewer intake at the east end of Sherman Street is in need of attention. Public works will contact Municipal Pipe to look at the drainage with a camera.
The council made a point to commend Con-Struct for the excellent work being done on State Street.
Council member Zeien, via speaker phone, asked about the progress on a nuisance property in Dysart, with the city clerk set to talk with the city attorney about the situation.
Glenn attended the Arbor Day presentation at the school in place of Mayor Thiele. Dysart is now a Tree City designated for the 24th year.
Mayor Thiele read several thank you notes and a letter requesting a stop or yield sign at the intersection of Iowa and Crisman.
Police Chief Dunagan will assess that intersection, and others, and present info to the council at the June meeting.
The city will be holding a disaster preparation in-service on June 28 at 7 p.m. at the community building. The drill will allow city council members and employees to better prepare for weather and other emergencies.
Chief Dunagan is currently conducting background checks on applicants for the vacant police officer position, and hopes to conduct interviews within the next month.
Zion Lutheran Church received the council's permission to install a curb and gutter, at the church's expense, on portions of S. Jefferson Street east of the church.
The council moved on to discuss the need for handicapped access at certain locations in town, with the estimated cost of $1,500-2,000, depending on the extent of the work. The motion that was approved includes the installation of up to three sidewalk accesses this year.
The council also approved a motion to allow the Assembly of God Church to block a portion of Main Street on Wednesday, June 6, from 4:30 to 8 p.m. The street will be blocked only from the intersection of Main and Clark to in front of Carl Luze Real Estate.
The city will be updating its server, and the council approved a motion introduced by Wankowicz and seconded by Brandt to purchase a new computer server at City Hall at an estimated cost of $7,915.
The city renewed a five-year contract with Westrum Leak Detection at a cost of $800 per year to ensure that the city makes efficient use of its water supply and isn't losing water to underground leaks.
Following the approval of a $2,000 contribution to Club Dysart for the July 4th celebration, the meeting was adjourned.
The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Dysart City Council is Wednesday, June 13, at 7 p.m. at City Hall.