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AGENDA
THURSDAY, MAY 5, 2011
REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MEETING
COUNCIL CHAMBERS - CITY HALL


  1. CALL TO ORDER 

  2. ROLL CALL 

  3. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE 

  4. COMMUNICATIONS – CITIZENS 

  5. MINUTES - APPROVAL 

    1. City Council Meeting – April 21, 2011 

  6. CONSENT AGENDA

    The following items are considered to be routine by the City Council and will be enacted by one motion. There will be no separate discussion of these items unless a Council Member or citizen so requests, in which event the item will be removed from the Consent Agenda and considered in its normal sequence on the Agenda.

    * 8 – A-C
    * 13 – A-D
    * Bills*

    * Approval of attached Bills for Approval totaling $882,992.65 is subject to the approval of any related agenda item(s). 

  7. PUBLIC HEARING

    1. Proposed 2011 Curb and Gutter and Street Maintenance Program

      This public hearing concerns the proposed 2011 Curb and Gutter and Street Maintenance Program. Annually the city allocates funds for concrete work needed on city streets during the construction season. This year the emphasis will be on Logan Street in anticipation of increased traffic when Cedar Street is under construction. The city has earmarked $100,000 for this work in 2011. Prior to any formal action by City Council, a public hearing is required.

      Now is the time for the public to comment. 

    2. Proposed Expansion and Consolidation of the Urban Renewal Plan

      This public hearing concerns the proposed expansion and consolidation of the Urban Renewal Plan. The city currently has six different urban renewal plans and districts covering a large portion of the city. Staff feels it will be beneficial to consolidate the plans into a single document and expand the areas intended to be covered by the plan together with a narrative and statistical information to reaffirm the need for economic development and the alleviation blighting influences within the designated urban renewal area. Prior to any formal action by City Council, a public hearing is required.

      Now is the time for the public to comment. 

    3. Proposed Designation of an Enterprise Zone and Related Tax Abatement Schedule

      This public hearing concerns the proposed designation of an Enterprise Zone and related tax abatement schedule. The intent of the Enterprise Zone legislation is to promote new economic development in economically distressed areas by encouraging communities to target resources in ways that attract private investment. In addition, enterprise zones are expected to foster job creation, enhance property tax values, promote industrial revitalization, and increase the tax base of the community. Prior to any formal action by City Council, a public hearing is required.

      Now is the time for the public to comment. 

  8. PETITIONS AND COMMUNICATIONS

    1. Request for renewal of a Class LB Liquor License and Sunday Sales Permit for Muscatine Clarion, 2915 North Highway 61 – Jelms Hotel Company LLC (pending inspections) 

    2. Request for renewal of a Class LE Liquor License and Sunday Sales Permit for Wal-Mart Supercenter, 3003 North Highway 61 – Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (pending inspections) 

    3. Request for Cigarette Permit for Casey’s General Store #2944, 3010 University Drive - Casey’s Marketing Co. 

    4. Request from Geneva Golf & Country Club to Dispense Fireworks 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a request from the Geneva Golf & Country Club to dispense fireworks on Saturday, August 13, 2011, in conjunction with their Family Day event. J&M Displays has been hired to conduct the fireworks. They have worked at the club for a number of years and have been used under other venues in the community. City Council has approved past requests with the stipulation public notice be provided two to five days prior to the event by radio and newspaper.

      Is there a motion to approve the request as submitted? 

  9. FROM THE MAYOR

    1. Proclamations Declaring May 15-21, 2011 as “National Police Week” and “EMS Week” and May 18, 2011 as “Peace Officer’s Memorial Day” 

      Is there a motion to adopt the proclamations as submitted? 

  10. FROM THE PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION 

  11. FROM THE CITY ADMINISTRATOR 

    1. Resolution Approving the Plans, Specifications, Form of Contract, Cost Estimate and Setting the Bid Opening Date for the 2011 Curb and Gutter and Street Maintenance Program 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a resolution approving the plans, specifications, form of contract, cost estimate and setting the bid opening date for the 2011 Curb and Gutter and Street Maintenance Program. Annually the city allocates funds for concrete work needed on city streets during the construction season. This year the emphasis will be on Logan Street in anticipation of increased traffic when Cedar Street is under construction. The city has earmarked $100,000 for this work in 2011.

      Is there a motion to adopt the resolution as submitted? 

    2. Resolution Approving an Amendment Expanding and Consolidating the Urban Renewal Plan 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a resolution approving an amendment expanding and consolidating the Urban Renewal Plan. The city currently has six different urban renewal plans and districts covering a large portion of the city. Staff feels it will be beneficial to consolidate the plans into a single document and expand the areas intended to be covered by the plan together with a narrative and statistical information to reaffirm the need for economic development and the alleviation of blighting influences within the designated urban renewal area.

      Is there a motion to adopt the resolution as submitted? 

    3. Resolution Approving the Designation of an Enterprise Zone and Approving the Related Tax Abatement Schedule 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a resolution approving the designation of an Enterprise Zone and approving the related tax abatement schedule. The intent of the Enterprise Zone legislation is to promote new economic development in economically distressed areas by encouraging communities to target resources in ways that attract private investment. In addition, enterprise zones are expected to foster job creation, enhance property tax values, promote industrial revitalization, and increase the tax base of the community.

      Is there a motion to adopt the resolution as submitted? 

    4. Resolution Accepting Completed Housing Rehabilitation Work for 104 George Street and Authorizing Final Payment 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a resolution accepting completed housing rehabilitation work for 104 George Street and authorizing final payment. In January 2011 the city entered into a contract with S&H Construction in the amount of $21,750. There were two change orders totaling $11,550 bringing the total project amount to $33,300. It is staff’s recommendation the work be accepted and final payment made to the contractor.

      Is there a motion to adopt the resolution as submitted? 

    5. Resolution Setting Public Hearing to Amend the Flood Plain Ordinance 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a resolution setting a public hearing to amend the flood plain ordinance. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has completed a Flood Insurance Study and Flood Insurance Rate Map for Muscatine County which goes into effect on July 18, 2011. In order for City of Muscatine residents and businesses to continue their participation in the National Flood Insurance Program, the city must adopt legally enforceable management regulations that are compliant with Title 44 Code of Federal Regulations 60.3. Prior to any formal action by City Council, a public hearing is required. This public hearing will be held on Thursday, May 19, 2011, at 7 p.m.

      Is there a motion to adopt the resolution as submitted? 

    6. Resolution Setting Public Hearing on Voluntary Annexation Into the City of Muscatine 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a resolution setting a public hearing on a voluntary annexation into the City of Muscatine. The city received an application from Jerry and Cathy Henning for the voluntary annexation of 62.05 acres of agricultural property generally bounded by Menards to the west, Highway 61 to the north and Solomon Avenue to the east. The Planning and Zoning Commission has reviewed the request and is recommending the application be approved. Prior to any formal action by City Council, a public hearing is required. This hearing will be held on Thursday, June 2, 2011, at 7 p.m.

      Is there a motion to adopt the resolution as submitted? 

    7. Resolution Setting a Public Hearing on Amendment #2 to the 2010/2011 City Budget 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a resolution setting a public hearing on Amendment #2 to the 2010/2011 city budget. In March 2011 City Council approved the first amendment to the 2010/2011 budget. This second amendment includes additional proposed amendments since that time. This proposed amendment will increase total budgeted expenditures for the city by $374,200 with budgeted transfers to increase by $118,400 for a total expenditure change of $492,600. City budgeted revenues are proposed to be amended by $152,900 which includes $132,500 of funding transfers in. Prior to any formal action by City Council, a public hearing is required. The public hearing will be held on Thursday, May 19, 2011, at 7 p.m.

      Is there a motion to adopt the resolution as submitted? 

    8. Resolution Authorizing Internal TIF Advance and Economic Development Grant 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a resolution authorizing an internal TIF advance and economic development grant. Earlier in the meeting, City Council took action to approve the expansion and consolidation of the city’s Urban Renewal Plans into one Urban Renewal Plan. The Plan includes provisions to allow for economic development grants and incentives to be used throughout the current city boundaries. Earlier this year City Council supported providing economic development incentives to assist in the retention of Bridgestone-Bandag jobs in the community. The Greater Muscatine Chamber of Commerce & Industry agreed to provide the necessary local funding at the time of the grant application with the understanding the city would replenish one half or $70,000 of funds used for this purpose to their revolving loan fund. This resolution approves the grant to the GMCCI and provides for an internal advance of these funds to be made from the South End TIF fund.

      Is there a motion to adopt the resolution as submitted? 

    9. Resolution Setting Public Hearing on the Muscatine Municipal Housing Agency Five-Year Plan (2010-2014) 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a resolution setting a public hearing on the MMHA Five-Year Plan (2010-2014). Certain capital modifications and revisions have been proposed to update the MMHA’s Five-Year Capital Improvement Plan. The Department of Housing and Urban Development is recommending that public housing authorities only move money into their operating budgets that will be used for operating costs and not capital improvements. HUD regulations require the public housing authorities to conduct a public hearing concerning substantial deviations and amendments to capital five-year plans. This public hearing will be held on Thursday, July 7, 2011, at 7 p.m.

      Is there a motion to adopt the resolution? 

    10. Request to Approve a New Proposed Ambulance Fee Schedule 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a request to approve a new proposed ambulance fee schedule. Ambulance charges are reviewed and changed in accordance with the latest Medicare Fee Schedule. The last rate change took place in July 2010. Wellmark will be increasing their Maximum Allowable Fee (MAF) in July 2011 which means the city can change its rates in accordance with their new fees. The proposed fee changes will generate approximately $100,000 for fiscal year 2011/2012.

      Is there a motion to approve the request as submitted? 

    11. Request to Approve Railroad Agreements 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a request to approve railroad agreements. The DM&E Railroad is scheduled to repair 11 railroad crossings in Muscatine during the next 18 months. Prior to the work beginning, an agreement is necessary between the City of Muscatine and the Iowa Department of Transportation ensuring the availability of funds for the improvements. The total cost to the city for these 11 crossings is $283,565. The city’s portion is 20%, the railroad’s 20%, and the IDOT’s 60%. There is $200,000 budgeted for these repairs.

      Is there a motion to approve the request as submitted? 

    12. Request to Approve Refuse Collection Services Agreement with the City of Fruitland 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a request to approve the 28E agreement with the City of Fruitland for refuse collection services. In June 2009 the city entered into an agreement with the City of Fruitland to provide refuse and recycling collection services. That contract expires on June 30, 2011, and the City of Fruitland is requesting the contract be renewed for a five-year period ending June 30, 2016.

      Is there a motion to approve the request as submitted? 

    13. Request Authorization to Enter Into an Agreement for City Hall Boiler Replacement 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a request for authorization to enter into an agreement for the city hall boiler replacement. The boiler in city hall dates back to the 1960s and has outlived its usefulness and is not energy efficient. Staff is recommending the city enter into an agreement with A&J Associates in the amount of $6,900 for construction drawings, specifications, grant application assistance, project management, and other related administrative requirements. There was funding allocated in the fiscal year 2011/2012 budget for the boiler replacement.

      Is there a motion to approve the request as submitted?  

    14. Request Approval to Submit Grant Application for the 2011 COPS Hiring Program 

      Presented for City Council’s consideration is a request for approval to submit a grant application for the 2011 COPS Hiring Program for two officers. The grant would pay the entry level salary and benefits for the two positions for three years. The city would be required to maintain those two positions for one additional year after the grant period ends. The city may be responsible for any increase in the officers’ salaries and benefits beyond the original entry level expenses and would be responsible for full salaries for the fourth year. The deadline for submitting the application is May 28, 2011.

      Is there a motion to approve the request as submitted?

  12. COMMUNICATIONS - RECEIVE AND FILE 

    1. Muscatine County Board of Supervisors – April 11 & 18, 2011 

    2. Art Center Board of Trustees – March 17, 2011 

    3. Board of Water, Electric, and Communications Trustees – March 31, 2011 

    4. NFPA Fire Surveys – January and February 2011 

  13. APPROVAL OF BILLS 

    It is recommended bills totaling $882,992.65 be approved and that the City Council authorize the Mayor and City Clerk to issue warrants for the same. It should be noted that this listing is subject to the approval of any related agenda item(s).

  14. COMMUNICATIONS - COUNCIL MEMBERS 

  15. OTHER BUSINESS 

  16. ADJOURNMENT

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