The City Council met in regular session on October 4, 2010 at 7:30 P.M. in the Council Chambers of City Hall.
Mayor Walker presided:
City employees present were Public Works Director Gortsema, Chief Quantz, Attorney Green and Clerk Kennedy.
MINUTES: The meeting was called to order and the minutes of the September 20th meeting were approved as presented by Councilwoman DeHaas, second by Councilman Peterson. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
VISITORS: Judy Jeffery, a Quilt Club member explained how active the club is in the community. They provide quilts to various organization and individuals. They need to advertise for their quilt show and they would like the Council to reconsider their banner policy for next year. They felt the banners could share space or be taken up and down. Relay for Life was also represented at the meeting.
Sheryl Nuxoll was present to get permission to have a prayer rally, to have God’s mercy on the nation prior to election, on October 16th, starting at 11:00 a.m. at Pioneer Park and then proceeding to the Courthouse where ministers will lead a couple prayers and some patriotic songs. On motion by Councilwoman DeHaas, second by Councilman Houger to allow the prayer rally on October 16th, at 11:00 a.m. starting at the park and proceeding to the courthouse. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present. Chief Quantz will work out the details.
COMMITTEE REPORTS: The department responded to 125 calls for service. There were 100 cases written, 32 misdemeanor arrests, 6 felony arrest, 29 citations, 13 written warnings issued, 8 dogs and 3 cats handled. The Police and Animal Control Report for September 2010 was accepted on motion by Councilman Lorentz second by Councilman Peterson. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
AUDIT CONTRACT: On motion by Councilman Lorentz, second by Councilman Lester to authorize the Mayor and City clerk to sign the audit contract with Gibbons Scott and Dean for fiscal year ending 9/30/10. ROLL CALL VOTE: YES: DeHaas, Houger, Lester, Lorentz, Bentley, Peterson. NO: none. The motion passed.
INDIRECT ACCESS AGREEMENT FOR ILETS (TELETYPE): On motion by Councilman Houger, second by Councilman Peterson to authorize the Chief to sign the indirect access agreement with ILETS. ROLL CALL VOTE: YES: DeHaas, Houger, Lester, Lorentz, Bentley, Peterson. NO: none. The motion passed.
KIDS KLUB DONATION REQUEST: On motion by Councilman Lester, second by Councilman Houger to donate ten individual season passes to Kids Klub for their fundraiser. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
VARIANCE WELL REQUEST IN AREA OF IMPACT FOR SCHOO: Nolan Schoo is building a house at the end of South Florence, to the South of Wayne MacGregor’s house. He has approximately 18 acres and plans to irrigate a fair portion of the area. He is planning to install septic and would like to get a variance on drilling a well due to the distance away from the City’s line, the pressure in the area and the amount of City water supply that would be used.
Public Works Director Gortsema stated that the pressure at the corner of South Florence and 7th Street (by Mike Countryman) is 37.5 psi; the Schoo’s would be at that or less for pressure at the approximate building site. The pressure does meet the state minimum, but could be a problem for the Schoo’s. The City’s water supply is not an issue. Mayor Walker explained that the City will provide an opinion to the County but felt if the City recommended the variance it should emphasize that it is based upon the pressure, not the cost or supply. On motion by Councilman Lester, second by Councilman Lorentz to recommend to the County, to let Nolan & Dawn Schoo drill a well on their property at the end of South Florence based on the low City water pressure in that area. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present. Public Works Director Gortsema will forward a letter of recommendation to the County.
ITEMS TO NOTE: The Council received the CEDA 3rd Quarter Activity Report.
The meeting adjourned at 8:00 P.M.
Bruce Walker – Mayor
Tonya Kennedy – Clerk