The regular monthly meeting of the Dysart City Council was held on Wednesday, July 11, at 7 p.m. in Dysart City Hall. The council began by recognizing the one year anniversary of the derecho wind storm.
There was a presentation from the Dysart Business Builders, who have been advertising on KCRG as well as KWWL.
The organization asked for the city to assist with the cost of putting up a billboard to promote Dysart in the Waterloo/Cedar Falls area. The billboard would not promote specific businesses, but rather the community as whole.
The council voted on a motion by Brandt, seconded by Wankowicz, to allocate $800 to the Dysart Development Corporation for the billboard. The council allocated the money in this fashion to make sure the financing passes through the proper channel instead of directly from the city.
John McCalley, of Energy Pioneer Solutions, returned to the meeting to follow up on his May presentation regarding the company doing energy audits for the city of Dysart. The council will consider the matter again at the August meeting.
Heath Kellogg introduced himself to the council and discussed his plans to bring business to the county. He stressed the fact that Dysart is very proactive in attracting new business owners, which will serve the city well in working in conjunction with the county.
Mel Campbell also gave updates on the progress at the new facility and brought up the upcoming barn dance.
Employee reports were reviewed and Steve Hix brought it to the council's attention that the new bucket truck was outside and ready to be viewed.
Zeien and Glenn raised concerns on the repair of the dugouts and the fences, not because they didn't need the work, but because the cost incurred by the city was substantially higher than what was originally thought to be the case.
The council received reports from members on the pool, a possible new scoreboard at the park, issues with the recycling area as well as another successful July 4th celebration. City Hall also received a new weather radio this month.
The council acted on a motion to approve the purchase of a canopy and slide for the aquatic center at a cost of $1,135. Both items were damaged in last year's wind storm.
The lot at 1411 Wilson Street has been cleared and the city will be looking into selling the property in the near future. The city will consult with their attorney to determine the proper way to go about selecting a realtor to avoid any potential bias.
The council also approved a request for a curb cut at 607 State Street to be paid for by the owners to allow for the installation of a new driveway.
Storm sewer improvements along Talmage Street will cost in the neighborhood of $86,000, and the council unanimously approved the motion to allow this after reviewing a schematic of the work to be performed.
Mayor Thiele ended the meeting with a recap of the disaster preparedness in-service where the city officials, business owners and public got together to help prepare for future disasters. The mayor thanked all who attended and
expressed how much the disaster drill helped raise questions the city might not have thought of otherwise. The presentation left the city better able to deal with a future crisis, and officials will continue to address areas of need in the future.
The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Dysart City Council will be Wednesday, August 8, at 7 p.m. at City Hall.