The Dysart City Council met for its monthly meeting on Wednesday, November 14 at City Hall. All council members were present, including Don Zeien, who joined via phone.
The agenda was unanimously approved and the council heard a presentation on the audit of the city's fiscal year, which ended on June 30. A copy of the audit is on file at City Hall if anyone from the public would like to review it.
The proposed amendment to the Urban Renewal Area was opened for public discussion. No one was present to offer comments for or against the city's plans, so the public forum was closed.
Resolution No. 2012-27 was made by Wankowicz, seconded by Hennesy, and adopted unanimously by the council.
The second of the evening's public hearings, a discussion to enter into a new loan agreement, was opened. The loan agreement, which is set not to exceed $600,000, would essentially refinance some of the city's existing loans and include the financing of the street construction on Talmage Street. No comments were offered either for or against the proposal from the public.
Resolution No. 2012-28, was introduced by Brandt and seconded by Glenn. The motion carried unanimously.
The council also approved two other resolutions: one setting the value of lots and a preliminary plat and schedule involving the Talmage Street project, and another approving the pay application for the project itself.
Concerns about storn sewer issues and drainage were brought forth and the council discussed the topic at length. The issues center around the Fairlane and Sherman Street area.
Dwayne Luze, president of the DDC, presented information on a proposed drinking fountain at the park to be sponsored by the Dysart Lions Club. Luze stated that the club would meet with the park board before bringing the matter to the council for final approval. The council gave permission to decorate the park for the holidays.
City employees' written reports were reviewed, and the only noteworthy finding was that there will be a slight $5 per ton increase in landfill tipping fees.
The council also heard about work on the new DDC website, which should be operational at the beginning of next month. The council thanked Kenneth Lyons for his fine work on handicapped parking signage.
The council also approved the beer permit for Terry's Food Center and welcomed Matt Brown as a new member of the Dysart Fire Department.
Mayor Thiele advised the council that she met with Brian Stark of Gardner Architecture to give him a tour of the Community Building. The city is looking to make updates to the restrooms and perhaps add a generator and/or cooling system to the building. Stark will provide a quote at the council's December meeting.
One of the biggest items the council has been discussing over the past few months has been the installation of a handicapped pool lift for the aquatic center, which is required by law. The board voted unanimously to approved the purchase of a lift with a total cost of $4,847.70, not including freight and installation.
Petersen Concrete Construction will now be handling the city's snow removal, after contract proposals were reviewed at last month's meeting and voted on this time around.
The council also made a big purchase with the approval of a proposal from Best Services. The $27,409.87 purchase will include a 70kW generator that will be able to power the Community Building in the case of an emergency.
New pool fees will be in effect for the 2013 season, with family passes now costing $150 and single passes for $85. Daily admission will cost $4 per person in 2013.
Park shelter fees were also discussed, with the council voting unanimously to set the new shelter fees at $25 for the enclosed shelter and $15 for the open one.
The city renewed its health insurance plan for city employees, and discussed the proposal to reshingle the roof of the Community Building. City Clerk Roxanne Schneider will be getting additional bids to bring before the council to consider before a decision is made.
The council also adopted several resolutions approving the closure of the State Street project fund, the annual financial report and the annual TIF report.
The final item of business was a resolution that approved the designated representatives to the Resale Power Group of Iowa. Public Works Superintendant Steve Hix will be the primary representative, with Mayor Thiele serving as an alternate.
The meeting was declared adjourned at 9:30 p.m. The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Dysart City Council will be Wednesday, December 12, at 7 p.m. at City Hall.