A regular meeting of the City Council of Vinton, Iowa, was held on the 28th day of March, 2019, at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers, Vinton, Iowa. Mayor Maynard presided and the roll being called the following Council Members were present and absent: Present: Elwick, Hessenius, Hesson, Parr, Stark. Absent: Edwards.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Mayor Maynard asked to move the proclamation under new business up to citizen’s input on tonight’s agenda. Motion by Elwick, second by Hesson to approve the amended agenda. Question: Ayes – All. The Mayor declared the motion carried.

Motion by Stark, second by Hessenius to approve the consent agenda. Question: Ayes – All. The Mayor declared the motion carried. Items on the consent agenda are to receive and file the Council meeting minutes of March 14th, approve the renewal of a class c liquor license for LaReyna, receive and file the Parks and Recreation Board meeting minutes of March 14th and the Airport Commission meeting minutes of March 20th and to receive and file the February building inspector report.

Administrator Ward explained information from Bob Josten, Dorsey & Whitney LLP, on extending the life of a housing TIF to fifteen years. The housing developer needs to make the request for the extension to the county and the school district. Administrator Ward will contact the developer.

Stark reported that BDG met. Requests for land use change rules have been made to the county. Chief Paxton said that the E911 board met. They are looking to upgrade the radio system by purchasing digital pagers.

Abby Michael, Riverview Center advocate, said they provide services to victims of sexual assaults and their families. Mayor Maynard read the proclamation of sexual assault awareness month.

Motion by Stark, second by Hessenius to pass a RESOLUTION TO AMEND ESTABLISHED TRAFFIC CONTROL DEVICES PURSUANT TO THE CITY OF VINTON CODE OF ORDINANCES. Question: Ayes – Elwick, Hessenius, Hesson, Parr, Stark. Nays – None. The Mayor declared the motion carried and declared RESOLUTION 03-19-04 passed and approved. This removes one parking space for persons with disabilities from 114 E 4th Street.

Jerry Michael, building inspector, reported he had stopped at Blake Benson’s property twice last fall. He informed Benson both times that he needed to get a building permit and to stop working on the fence. A stop work order had been prepared but not given because Benson indicated he would apply for the permit. Motion by Stark, second by Parr to give Benson until April 17th to cut the posts down to the correct height and to bring the permit application and $45 fee to City Hall within 24 hours. If this is done, then Attorney Fischer will dismiss the municipal infraction. Question: Ayes – Elwick, Hessenius, Hesson, Parr, Stark. Nays – None. The Mayor declared the motion carried.

Motion by Hessenius, second by Parr to have building inspector Michael apply for a administrative search warrant for the property at 201 North K Avenue. Question: Ayes – Elwick, Hessenius, Hesson, Parr, Stark. Nays – None. The Mayor declared the motion carried.

Motion by Hessenius, second by Stark to have the inspector begin nuisance abatement procedures for 201 1st Avenue. Question: Ayes – Elwick, Hessenius, Hesson, Parr, Stark. Nays – None. The Mayor declared the motion carried.

Motion by Stark, second by Hessenius to have the inspector send a letter to the owner of 907 W 8th Street and their representative giving them fourteen days to abate the nuisance at the property. Question: Ayes – Elwick, Hessenius, Hesson, Parr, Stark. Nays – None. The Mayor declared the motion carried.

Motion by Stark, second by Hessenius to have the inspector invite the owner of the old Hardee’s property to attend a council meeting. Question: Ayes – Elwick, Hessenius, Hesson, Parr, Stark. Nays – None. The Mayor declared the motion carried.

Water Superintendent Walker gave council information on three different self flushing water stations that could be installed in the new housing development. Motion by Hesson, second by Parr to table discussion for the water system until a developer’s agreement with the city has been made. Question: Ayes – All. The Mayor declared the motion carried.

Council received information from Middle Cedar Watershed Management Authority on proposed wetland basin in south end of the town.

Motion by Elwick, second by Hessenius to receive and file the audit report for the year ending June 30, 2018. Question: Ayes – All. The Mayor declared the motion carried.

Motion by Hesson, second by Elwick to approve an agreement with Calhoun-Burns for 2019 bridge inspection program. Question: Ayes – Elwick, Hessenius, Hesson, Parr, Stark. Nays – None. The Mayor declared the motion carried. The cost will be $1,600.

Administrator Ward reported in attended an IMMI Conference. He was on a panel discussion about broadband and the iVinton project was discussed.

Attorney Fischer is waiting for two abstracts to be updated for the properties in the flood buyout program. The purchase agreement for the Corbett property is at the Mossman Law Office.

Chief Paxton has talked with Gary McKenna and Charlie Garwood about the proposed new public safety building.

Clerk reported that Bankers Trust is being acquired by UMB Bank in June.

The Mayor Maynard, Stark and Ward will meet with Parks & Rec director Boggess on April 10th to discuss potentially partnering with the school for a new rec center. The Mayor stated he is optimistic about Hobart’s and the IBSSS property.

Good & Welfare: The Library is sponsoring George Burns at Windsor Manor this Saturday.

Motion by Stark, second by Hessenius to go into closed session per Iowa Code 21.5(c). Question: Ayes – Elwick, Hessenius, Hesson, Parr, Stark. Nays – None. The Mayor declared the motion carried. Time: 8:45 pm.

Council reconvened open session. Time: 9:05pm.

Motion by Stark, second by Hessenius to direct Administrator Ward to contact Serve Pro or Service Master, whichever is first available, to clean up the property at 615 A Avenue. Question: Ayes – Elwick, Hessenius, Hesson, Parr, Stark. Nays – None. The Mayor declared the motion carried.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned. Time: 9:10 p.m.



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