The regular meeting of the Dysart City Council was held Wednesday, January 9, at 7 p.m. with all council members present. Mayor pro tem Tim Glenn filled in for Mayor Thiele, who was unable to attend.
After approving the agenda and welcoming visitors, the public hearing on the proposed Resolution of Necessity on street repairs was opened. M. Pippert inquired as to whether the street grade would match up with his existing driveway, and was advised that the grade would not change dramatically. There were no comments made opposing the proposal, so the hearing was declared closed.
Resolution No. 2013-01 passed unanimously with council member Hennessy abstaining.
With the approval of the proposal, the resolution directing the preparation of a more detailed plan and opening the process up for bidders was also approved, with Resolution No. 2013-02 passing by the same margin.
The public hearing on the issue was voted on and approved unanimously. The hearing will be set for February 12, 2013 at 7 p.m.
T. Petersen requested that the council consider vacating and selling a portion of Fayville Street west of Talmage Street, which the council agreed to. The council voted unanimously to begin proceedings to vacate and sell that that portion of land.
Employee reports were opened with Public Works Superintendent Steve Hix noting that the new doors have finally been installed at the City Shop. There was also some discussion on the condition of the city's dump trucks.
Council members moved on to discuss the recommendation to shorten the repayment schedule on the Acquatic center bond reissuance by two years. The move would save nearly $92,000 in interest for the city, as opposed to just a $55,000 savings with a 10-year repayment schedule.
The council also agreed to issue a total of $560,000 for the Talmage Street project, with a bond sale taking place on Tuesday, February 12, 2013.
After handling the business of approving the consent agenda and payment of the city's bills from the past month, the council heard a report from council member Brandt on the recent meeting of the Dysart Development Corporation. The DDC is requesting that the ornamental lights be put back on the Main Street light poles. Council will discuss the issue further at the February meeting.
A motion was made by Wankowicz, seconded by Zeien, to approve a proposal from Gardner Architecture to assess the Community Building for recommended improvements.
The city end loader, which has seen better days, was also a topic of discussion, as the council mulled over whether to trade the unit or not. The matter will be discussed further through budget preparation.
Police Chief Jason Dunagan gave his report, which included the information that the Dog & Cat House in Traer will no longer be accepting stray animals from the city of Dysart.
The Cat & Dog House announced late last year that it would phase out the process of accepting pets from many area communities as it is no longer financially feasible to do so.
After reviewing the proposed schedule for fiscal year 2013-14 budget preparation, the council approved a resolution to close the electronic reserve fund and transfer to the electric revenue debt fund. Resolution No. 2013-05 passed unanimously.
An ordinance was also made adopting new water rates, as the council reviewed a slight increase to their cost in the December meeting. Ordinance No. 288 was adopted.
The meeting was declard adjourned at 8:35 p.m. The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Dysart City Council will be Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 7 p.m. in Dysart City Hall.