Minutes of a City Council Meeting

Wednesday, July 14, 2021, 2:30 PM

Present: Mayor Rogers Badgett, City Councilmembers Chris Johnson, Steve Boss, Kara Anastasio, Leslee Goldstein, Stellavera Kilcher (all by Zoom due to the pandemic)
Absent: None
Present in addition: Dr. Kent Boyum, Kathy Petersen

Mayor Badgett called the meeting to order.

    1. Public Comments—City resident Charles Miller encouraged the City to update the City’s website. Paul Glossop made a presentation on tree planting in the Brahmasthan using Vedic patterns.
    2. Minutes—Goldstein moved, Anastasio seconded, to approve minutes from a meeting held June 23, 2021; Ayes: Johnson, Boss, Anastasio, Goldstein, Kilcher; Nays: none.
    3. Receipts and Claims—Goldstein moved, Anastasio seconded, to approve the report; Ayes: Johnson, Boss, Anastasio, Goldstein, Kilcher; Nays: none.
    4. Treasurer’s Report—Anastasio moved, Goldstein seconded, to approve the report from May 2021; Ayes: Johnson, Boss, Anastasio, Goldstein, Kilcher; Nays: none.
    5. City Attorney Report on Pandit Campus Sewer—Postponed.
    6. Tax Increment Financing—The council discussed creating a TIF project at the Pandit Campus to capture increment from renovation of buildings. They discussed City solar utility, roads, and sewer projects.
    7. Committee Assignments and Timelines—Steve Boss recommended holding a special meeting to implement standing committees, members, and initial assignments. After discussion Boss moved, Goldstein seconded, to hold a special meeting Monday, July 19, 7:30 PM; Ayes: Johnson, Boss, Goldstein, Kilcher; Abstain: Anastasio; Nays: none.
    8. American Rescue Plan Report—Dr. Boyum reported that the State of Iowa applied for ARP funds for non-entitlement cities; the City is among first 400 Iowa cities to be registered. The first half of the grant will be received within 30 days of July 6. Any interest on the funds will go to General Fund. The $180,000 grant may be used to make the sewer plant more eco-friendly.
    9. Solar Report—Dr. Boyum reported on the advantages of financing a solar project with ARP grant funds. He reported on new technical information.
    10. Landowners and Rights of Way—Dr. Boyum reported on communications with property owners about obtaining rights-of-way for mowing walking paths.
    11. Opening City Hall/Community Center—The council discussed preparations for re-opening including creating a pass-through between two rooms on the first floor.
    12. City Hall Maintenance—The council discussed filtering water in the building, installing a 110-volt car charging station. [Kilcher left the meeting.]
    13. 20th Anniversary Celebration Report—Leslee Goldstein and Kathy Petersen reported on plans for the July 25th After discussion Goldstein moved, Anastasio seconded, to allow Leslee Goldstein and Kathy Petersen permission to make decisions for the celebration within the budgeted amount of $7,000; Ayes: Johnson, Boss, Anastasio, Goldstein; Nays: none.
    14. Outside Watering Credit for June—Goldstein moved, Anastasio seconded, to approve three requests for outside watering credit; Ayes: Johnson, Boss, Anastasio, Goldstein; Nays: none.
    15. Southeast Iowa Sierra Club Resiliency Plan—Margaret Dwyer and Anne Walton, representatives of Southeast Iowa Sierra Club, joined the meeting. They presented a Resilient Community Model and spoke of the need for a coordinator and a task force for the plan.
    16. Other Business—The council discussed the City’s water quality and its source and establishing a City water supply.

    Mayor Badgett adjourned the meeting.

    Rogers Badgett, Mayor
    Kathy Petersen, City Clerk

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