The December meeting of the Dysart City Council was held on Wednesday, December 12, with all council members present.
After approving the agenda and welcoming visitors to the meeting, the council opened the public forum on the city's proposal to refinance the Aquatic Center General Obligation bonds. No one from the public was present to offer comment, so the forum was closed.
The council voted unanimously in favor of refinancing the bonds, adopting Resolution No. 2012-38 on a motion made my Brandt and seconded by Wankowicz. The refinancing will allow the city to pay the cost of outstanding balance on the General Obligation Corporate Purchase Notes in a principal amount not to exceed $850,000.
The council moved on to hear city empoyees' reports, which included an update on the work at the city maintenance building. The steel is on the building and the doors are anticipated to be up in the next two or three weeks. Road salt for the winter will be delivered soon, and the city's plow truck was maintenanced in Waterloo for work on its right rear axle.
The clerk's report included an update that the city received notice from the Powesheik Water Association that the bulk water rate will be increasing effective with water used in March, payable in April 2013. The increase is a minimal $0.12/1000 gallons. A rate study will be presented at the council's January meeting.
The Dysart Development Corporation has a new website that is up and running, thanks to the folks at Molly Weber Creative. The site contains helpful info on the community and is a more user-friendly version. The new website can be found online at www.dysartiowa.com.
The council thanks the Wieben family for the donation of a van for fire and ambulance trainings. The council also agreed that the City Shop looks good since the work has been done on it, and the Christmas lights at the park look great.
Mayor Thiele also thanked the DDC and Dwayne Luze for all their work at the park. 2012 was a great year for Dysart, and the mayor said she is honored to serve the community.
The city is also looking into the proposal for a new City of Dysart website with a first-year implementation cost of $1,475. The anticipated annual cost of the site is $450 per year.
This cost includes web hosting, customer support, data backup and the maintenance of web servers, and represents a significant value for the city.
The council unanimously passed a motion made by Glenn, seconded by Wankowicz, to proceed with the creation of a City of Dysart website through GovOffice.
The council also reviewed the final rendering of the proposed scoreboard at the City Park. The generous donation of the Schutterle family - in the amount of nearly $6,000 - has made this possible, with the city only being responsible for the shipping costs and optional protective screens for the scorboard. Brandt, seconded by Hennessy, made the motion, which was passed unanimously.
The scoreboard will have a Union Knights logo and will represent a much-needed upgrade over the current scoreboard. The council is in agreement that the community will be appreciative of this wonderful new addition to the park.
The council moved on to pass Resolution No, 2012-39, a Resolution of Necessity related to the Talmage Street Improvement Project.
Council members also discussed a request for one additional handicapped parking space near BrickLynn. The matter will be discussed again at a council meeting this spring.
The deadline for applications for Tama County Community Foundation grants is fast approaching, and interested parties are once again encouraged to submit applications by the January 31 deadline.
The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Dysart City Council will be Wednesday, January 9, 2012 at 7 p.m.