Minutes of a City Council Meeting

Wednesday, September 22, 2021, 2:30 PM
City Hall
1750 Maharishi Center Avenue

Present: Mayor Rogers Badgett, Council Members Chris Johnson, Steve Boss, Kara Anastasio, Leslee Goldstein, Stellavera Kilcher (joined the meeting at 3:15 PM), 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—None received.
  2. Minutes—Anastasio moved, Boss, seconded, to approve minutes from a meeting held September 8, 2021; Ayes: Johnson, Boss, Anastasio, Johnson; Nays: none.
  3. Receipts and Claims—Anastasio moved, Goldstein seconded, to approve the report; Ayes: Johnson, Boss, Anastasio, Johnson; Nays: none.
  4. Treasurer’s Report—Anastasio moved, Goldstein seconded, to approve the report for August 2021; Ayes: Johnson, Boss, Anastasio, Johnson; Nays: none.
  5. Request for Subdivision Approval—After discussion Johnson moved, Boss seconded, to grant preliminary approval for Prairie Village subdivision subject to a letter from City Attorney Tom Makeig to owners and developers stating:
    1. That any potential obligations to the City by BSF, associated with this development, relative to the sewer, be secured with property in the City owned by BSF or its entities;
    2. That use of the subdivided property be single family residential with the exception of three commercial buildings to be used for community center, recreation center, storage, market, café, and office;
    3. That the developer fully discloses to all purchasers that the City is not responsible for the sewer system, roads, common areas, and any utilities on site, and that purchasers may have financial obligations to maintain, repair and replace these components.
    Ayes: Johnson, Boss, Anastasio, Goldstein, Kilcher; Nays: none. Chris Johnson offered to discuss this with applicants prior to the next meeting.
  1. City Development Committee Report—Steve Boss reported on discussions about the Urban Renewal (UR) area.
  2. Consider Urban Renewal Designation—Steve Boss reported that the development committee recommends redrawing 2013 UR area to include the entire City to allow TIF projects throughout the City. The Council discussed TIF projects and their impact on the General Fund.
  3. Consider Starting Urban Renewal Project—Steve Boss presented a map showing declined and potentially unsafe areas throughout the City and reported a recommendation by the development committee to designate the whole City as “blighted”. After discussion Boss moved, Johnson seconded, to direct bond attorneys at Dorsey Whitney to redraw 2013 UR boundaries to include the entire City, and to declare the entire City blighted; Ayes: Johnson, Boss, Anastasio, Goldstein, Kilcher; Nays: none.
  4. Finance Committee Meeting Report—Kathy Petersen summarized a report presented to the Finance Committee showing the impacts of the 2020 census and the pandemic on the current budget.
  5. Public Safety and Public Works Committee Report—Leslee Goldstein presented proposed changes to simplify the building permit to reflect its main purpose of tracking construction. The council discussed including disclaimers related to mold and having the City Attorney review the permit.
  6. Consider Amendment to Building Permit Resolution 20210423—Postponed.
  7. City Clerk Position—Postponed.
  8. Mitchell Creek Bridge Project—Dr. Boyum reported that Jefferson County has received permission to continue the Mitchell Creek Bridge project. Anastasio moved, Boss seconded, to approve signing documents to resume the project; Ayes: Johnson, Boss, Anastasio, Goldstein, Kilcher; Nays: none.
  9. Solar Report—Dr. Boyum reported he recently learned that some contracts secured in 2019 by Access Energy to determine customer meter options contain language that may indicate the meters are not usable with solar energy and may interfere with the City’s solar project. This is contrary to his 2019 understanding. He recommended the City seek legal advice.
  10. Access Energy Contracts—This was covered in agenda point 14.
  11. FAA Response to Crop Duster Report—Dr. Boyum reported on the investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration into an incident with a crop duster flying over the City.
  12. COVID Relief Grant for Trails Report—Dr. Boyum reported the City is not among six of 83 applicants in Iowa to receive trail grants totaling $5,000,000.
  13. Meeting Times Survey Results—Postponed.
  14. Consider Resolution to Change Meeting Times—Postponed.
  15. City Hall Storm Damage—Postponed.
  16. Other Business—None.

Mayor Badgett adjourned the meeting.

Rogers Badgett, Mayor
Kathy Petersen, City Clerk

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