City of Raymond
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We are located just one mile off Interstate 380 and 7 miles east of Waterloo. The 2010 census reported our population at 788.
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The City Council of Raymond met in a regular session on June 20, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. at Raymond City Hall with Mayor Johnson presiding. Vick, Pint, Smith, Morgan present. McGowan absent. Mayor Johnson led in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Vick/Smith motion to approve the agenda moving 6B: Building Permits/Inspection/Code Enforcement under Inquiries from the Audience and 8B: Discuss/Action on Liquor License for Tipsy’z Bar & Grill at 100 Washington St.. Ayes-Vick, Smith, Morgan, Pint. Motion carried 4-0. Morgan/Pint motion to approve the Consent Agenda: Minutes of June 6, 2016 regular meeting; Resolution 1244 authorizing payment of bills and transfers; Receipts (May 17, 2016 – June 20, 2016), Sheriff’s Report (May 2016), Library Report (N/A). Ayes–Vick, Pint, Smith, Morgan. Motion carried 4-0.
June Disbursements: Total $85,875.79; General Fund $28,308.39; Road Use $921.70; Sewer $6,547.32; Water $117.83; Debt Service $0.00; Cap Improv $0.00; SR-LOST $0.00; SR-TIF $49,980.55
May Receipts: Total $;42,153.61; General Fund $11,688.31; Road Use $6,260.52; Special Rev.(LOST) $ ;6,646.89
SR -TIF/UR $;77.17; Debt Service $1,472.28; Water Utility $41.07; Sewer Utility $15,967.23; Cap Improv $0.14
Century Link $ 159.73 Waterloo Courier $ 243.13
Payroll $ 9,205.92 AED Superstore $ 154.00
Black Hawk Co. Treasurer $ 797.77 Card Services $ 267.66
Cedar Valley Lawn Care $ 471.00 City of Elk Run Heights $4,500.00
City of Evansdale $ 931.25 Iowa One Call $ 34.20
Iowa Sports Supply $ 33.75 IPERS $ 719.30
Joe Jones, Jr. $ 300.00 Larry & Company $5,955.00
MSA Prof. Services $ 2,752.50 Nancy Miebach $ 25.00
Petty Cash $ 3.98 Roberts,Stevens,Prendergast $1,125.00
Skyline Development $49,980.55 TAPCO $ 54.51
Wapsi Pines Lawn Care $ 1,421.00 Waste Management $3,287.92
Waterloo Water Works $ 477.58
Inquiries from the Audience – Trudy Marovets, 100 Devyn, asked is the City going to fix the water pressure so we can see growth with future subdivision developments and where is the City at on the waste water treatment situation. (McGowan entered at 6:05 p.m.). Mayor Johnson stated the City’s best course of action for the water pressure issue would be to create a loop installing 12” main from the extension of Conard Rd. to Douglas Rd., 1382 feet of farm ground, and hook into a 16” main that goes down into the Industrial Park. Land acquisition would need to be purchased for easement access. Total cost of this project would be around $1 million dollars. Mayor Johnson met with Mayor Swope (Elk Run Heights), Mayor Faas (Evansdale), MSA Sewer Specialist Jason Miller, and Evansdale Engineers to discuss Raymond & Elk Run Heights receiving waste water treatment from Evansdale. Mayor Faas discovered that Evansdale sits in an area where they can’t expand their sewer treatment plant and because of the location a berm would have to be built around the existing plant to prevent flooding. Gary Marovets, 100 Devyn, stated the sewer is not what’s holding up future development, it’s the water pressure issues. Mayor Johnson asked City Engineer Huck to look into the process of acquiring easement to cross the farm field. Marovets said the money the City is receiving for the sewer issues could be used for the water loop. Gary Topping, owner of 309 S. 3rd St. (DBA as The Bar) is leasing the property to someone new and the health dept. states he has to be ADA compliant if he’s remodeling but if he’s not remodeling. The City can’t override the state laws. Building Inspector spoke with the health dept. and the health dept. has no rules that say they can enforce Topping to make the property ADA compliant if he is not remodeling the inside. According to City code if thee bathrooms were to be remodeled then he would have to make them ADA compliant.
Building Permits/Inspections/Code Enforcement Report-Couple roofing projects and small remodel job going on.
Fire Department-Fire Chief Dolf submitted monthly report for June. No new members. Truck 902 was worked on and now only a small amount of water leaks out. August 27 will be the Fun Run, more information to follow.
Street Dept. Report-Shoulders on Lafayette Rd. are starting to break up. Mayor Johnson stated N. 3rd St. on the East side needs to have gravel added to build the shoulder back up.
Parks Dept. Report-Swing set in Scott Thome Park is complete. City Clerk to purchase a baby swing. Discussion was held on increasing the diamond rental rate. Currently the City charges $10 per diamond for youth leagues and the time it takes to chalk and drag the fields by the public works dept., the City’s losing money. Pint/Vick motion to raise the diamond rental rates for youth leagues from $10 to $20 effective 1/1/17 and $25 diamond rental for adult leagues or tournaments. Ayes-Pint, Vick, McGowan, Morgan, Smith. Motion carried 5-0.
Discuss/Action on hourly rate for temporary part-time Public Works employee-Mayor Johnson asked Council if this is going to continue to be a temporary position or permanent part-time position. Councilperson Pint feels the Council should make it a permanent part-time position. Councilperson Smith stated any other employer who had an employee not show up or call in, they would no longer have a job. Attorney Stevens stated make the employee permanent part-time and if the other worker comes back, Council can discuss that when it happens. Pint/Vick motion to increase the hourly wage of the temporary part-time employee to $13 per hour. Ayes-Pint, Vick, Smith, McGowan. Nays-Morgan. Motion passed 4-1. Morgan stated he thought Council was voting to raise the hourly rate to $15 per hour. Pint/Vick motion to amend the previous motion removing the word temporary replacing with permanent and raise the hourly rate to $13 per hour. Ayes-Pint, Vick, Smith, McGowan, Morgan. Motion carried 5-0. Post Office has a bat in their building last week so Public Works calked around the air conditioner and installed a sheet of plywood and insulation up in the ceiling by the old stove pipe. Public Works stated there were no ants on the walking path when it was checked early today.
Water & Sewer Report –the Water Planning and Design Loan application deadline was missed due to information not obtained from Waterloo Water Works so the next application will be submitted next quarter (August).
Engineering Report-The Capital Improvement Plan Survey results were handed out to Council. Discuss/Action on MSA Professional Services Agreement for the 2016 Wastewater Facility Plan Amendment-Raymond’s cost for this would be $3,750 and Elk Run would pay the same. Pint/Morgan motion to approve the 2016 Wastewater Facility Plan Amendment not to exceed $3,750. Ayes-Pint, Morgan, Smith, McGowan, Vick. Motion carried 5-0. City Engineer has not heard back from MidAmerican Energy regarding the sink hole at the corner of Lafayette Rd. & Taylor Lane.
Discussion of the Wastewater Facility Plan Revision –No other comments.
Discuss/Action on Williams Ag easement agreement-Purchase price will be $27,950. Williams Ag would like the following: City to keep easement clear of vegetative growth to not interfere with the normal flow of surface water in easement area; City shall keep easement in good repair and condition at all times and remove all dead trees, shrubs, brush & trash; City shall not change the grade, elevation or contour of any part of the easement area; Williams Ag will have the right to access the easement area from property adjacent to easement area to remove any unauthorized obstruction or structures, and improve, repair, maintain easement area; easement shall be perpetual, permanent and runs with the land and shall be binding; Williams Ag shall not alter, destroy or damage the manholes located on the property. Vick/McGowan motion to authorize Mayor Johnson to approve the purchase agreement of $27,950.00 to Williams Ag with the conditions stated above. Ayes-Vick, McGowan, Pint, Smith, Morgan. Motion carried 5-0.
Discuss/Action on Royal Ridge Detention Pond-Mayor Johnson has not heard from Gary Schmitz about hiring a third party engineer to determine if the current retention pond is capable of handling more housing.
Discuss/Action on Planning & Zoning decision on size of Accessory Buildings-To be discussed under Capital Improvement Plant FY2016-2026
Discuss/Action on Raymond Capital Improvement Plan FY 2016-2026 – Survey results are in, a total of 80 responses were received. Mayor Johnson would like to have the results compiled as far as what seems to be citizens’ main concerns that involves spending City funds. Mayor Johnson stated Council can discuss accessory buildings results.
55 citizens responded to the following:
Q24: Do you believe the size of accessory buildings for Agricultural Zoned properties in Raymond should:
- No Change-Currently written not to exceed 100% of main floor square footage, max. of 1,352 sq. ft. less garage square footage (12 responses or 21.82%).
- Change accessory building size based on percentage of parcel (lot) size (28 responses or 50.91%)
- Apply for variance from Planning & Zoning (15 responses or 27.27%)
59 citizens responded to the following:
Q25: Do you believe the size of Accessory buildings for Residential Zoned properties in Raymond should:
- Change accessory building size based on percentage of parcel (lot) size (25 responses or 32.37%)
- No Change-Currently written not to exceed 100% of main floor square footage, max. of 1,352 sq. ft. less garage square footage (19 responses or 32.20%)
- Apply for a variance (15 responses of 25.42%)
Joe Wright, 6407 Lafayette Rd., stated the survey should have only asked two questions: 1. Accessory buildings based on lot size, 2. No change, and apply for variance. Councilperson Pint and Vick stated they don’t have a problem changing the accessory building size for ag zoned property but on the residential side it needs to be attractive to their neighbors. City Attorney Stevens stated Council should draw up an ordinance change and send back to Planning and Zoning for their opinion then Council could vote on changing the ordinance but this gives P&Z a chance to say how they look at it. Vick/Smith motion to present the accessory building findings to Planning and Zoning for their recommendation to Council and their opinion about City of Cedar Falls Code on accessory building size. Ayes-Vick, Smith, McGowan, Morgan, Pint. Motion carried 5-0. Council discussed having a public meeting to review the survey information with citizens. Smith/Vick motion to have a public meeting regarding the survey on August 8, 2016 at 6 PM. Ayes-Smith, Vick, Morgan, Pint, McGowan. Motion carried 5-0.
Discuss/Action on Investments- City Clerk contacted BankIowa about FDIC insurance on city funds. BankIowa responded stating any funds above $250,000 are protected because of being a municipality. BankIowa is required to pledge securities in the amount of deposits for municipalities to protect all funds on deposit. The City is protected to an unlimited amount. Smith/Pint motion to remove further discussion on investments. Ayes-Smith, Pint, McGowan, Morgan, Vick. Motion carries 5-0.
Smith/Pint motion to approve Liquor License for New Star Raymond Convenience Store located at 101 Commercial St. Ayes-Smith, Pint, Vick, McGowan, Morgan. Motion carried 5-0.
Vick/Smith motion to approve Liquor License for Tipsy’z Bar & Grill at 309 S. 3rd St. (formerly known as The Bar). Ayes-Vick, Smith, Morgan, McGowan, Pint. Motion carried 5-0.
Mayor Johnson stated USPS increase the monthly payment will increase by $50 to $400 per month effective October 1, 2017 to September 30, 2022. Pint/Morgan motion to approve the lease agreement with USPS effective October 1, 2017 to September 30, 2022 at a cost of $4,800 per year. Ayes-Pint, Morgan, Vick, Smith, McGowan. Motion carried 5-0.
Pint/Vick motion to cancel the first City Council meeting in July due to the July 4th holiday. Ayes-Pint, Vick, Morgan, McGowan, Smith. Motion carried 5-0.
Vick/Smith motion to approve a fireworks permit for Gene Pint. Ayes-Vick, Smith, Morgan, McGowan. Pint abstained. Motion carried 4-1.
Communications – Sheriff Thompson’s Town Hall Meeting will be held Tuesday, July 10th at 6:30 p.m. at Raymond City Hall. Mayor Johnson met with Codie Ledesma from INRCOG about the MPO Bicycle Accommodation Plan for future development of bike trails in Black Hawk County. There were two routes considered for Raymond: 1) Along Lafayette Rd. to connect with Elk Run Heights off of Dubuque Rd. 2) Raymond Park Route-going from the end of the walking path south across the railroad tracks and continue along the shoulder of Dubuque Rd. Iowa League of Cities Convention is September 14-16, 2016 in Des Moines, please let City Clerk know who will be attending.
Smith/Pint motion to adjourn at 8:20 p.m. Ayes-Smith, Pint,Vick, Morgan, McGowan. Motion carried 5-0.
Nancy Miebach, City Clerk
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