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Council meets for Regular Meeting

By David Josselyn

Work Session

Central City Council met with Staff for a Work Session at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 7, 2019. They discussed street closures for special events with particular focus on closing Casey Street during Independence Day, and trail plans for recreation opportunities.

Executive Session

Mayor Fey called the regular council meeting to order at 7:10 p.m. on May 7, and the Council immediately went into executive session for legal questions related to processes for collecting delinquent sales and use taxes.

Regular Council Meeting

Mayor Fey reconvened the regular meeting at 7:37 p.m. in City Hall Council Chambers. Council members; Judy Laratta, Jeff Aiken, Jackie Johnson (Mitchell), Jack Hidahl, and Mayor Jeremy Fey were present. In attendance for Staff were City Clerk Reba Bechtel, City Attorney Marcus McAskin, Finance Director Abigail Robbins, City Manager Daniel Miera, Community Development Director Ray Rears, Public Works Director Sam Hoover, Utilities Director Jason Nelson, Fire Chief Gary Allen, and County Sheriff Division Chief Tom Ihme.

Mayor Fey led the Pledge of Allegiance and then asked for any amendments or additions to the evening’s agenda. The Mayor requested to add a Proclamation honoring the 50th Anniversary of Municipal Clerk’s Week to the agenda. This was immediately carried out and a Proclamation was presented to City Clerk Reba Bechtel for her years of dedicated service to the City.

Mayor Fey asked if there were any conflicts of interest for any member of the council. There were no conflicts expressed.

Consent Agenda

The Mayor called for a motion to approve the consent agenda which consisted of the minutes from the January 2 meeting and regular bill lists through December 28. Alderman Aiken moved to approve the Consent Agenda and was seconded by Alderwoman Johnson. The motion passed unanimously.

Public Forum

Mayor Fey opened the floor to the public for anyone who wished to speak to a topic on that night’s agenda. No one chose to speak to the Council at that time.

Contract Renewal for Collections

Director Abigail Robbins introduced Resolution 19-11 which would approve a services agreement with Revenue Recovery Group, Inc (RRG). The City contracted with RRG in 2018 for services including consulting, training, development and implementation of education programs, administrative functions for the collection and/or enforcement of taxes, fees and other revenues. The cost of the 2018 agreement was not to exceed $20,000 and the 2019 contract did not increase that cost. The 2018 agreement was to run through March 2019. Alderman Hidahl questioned why the 2019 agreement had an end date of December 31 instead of one year from the start of the contract. Manager Miera responded that they expect this contract to be wrapped up by year end.

Alderman Aiken moved to approve Resolution 19-11 and was seconded by Alderwoman Johnson. The Resolution passed unanimously.

Un-United Power

Attorney McAskin introduced the first reading of Ordinance 19-04 which would repeal Article IV of Chapter 5 of the City Municipal Code in its entirety. This section refers to a ten-year franchise agreement with United Power dated March 5, 2006 which expired in 2016 and has never been renewed. McAskin reports that eliminating the Chapter should eliminate any confusion as to whether United Power has a current franchise with Central City.

Alderman Aiken moved to approve the first reading of Ordinance 19-04 and set the second reading and public hearing for Tuesday, May 21, 2019, and was seconded by Alderwoman Johnson. The motion passed unanimously.

Expanding Weed

City Clerk Reba Bechtel introduced the first reading of Ordinance 19-05 amend Article IX of Chapter 6 of the Municipal Code concerning Medical and Retail Marijuana Establishments concerning hours of operation. The current city law allows operation between 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and the Ordinance would expand these hours to align with the State Law which is from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. (midnight).

Alderman Aiken moved to approve the first reading of Ordinance 19-05 and set the second reading and public hearing for Tuesday, May 21, 2019, and was seconded by Alderwoman Laratta. The motion passed unanimously.

Stairway to Heavenly 1st High Street

Director Hoover introduced Resolution 19-12 which would approve a construction contract with Rodney D Burrows and Associates for the 2019 West Stairway Project. Hoover reports staff reviewed bids received and recommends Burrows and Associates for a price not-to-exceed $115,689. The project will replace the existing stairway leading from 219 Eureka to 216 W First High Street with metal stair treads, handrail, guardrail, landings, and includes engineering, excavation, and foundations.

Alderman Hidahl questioned why the City would be replacing this stairway first when the mid-City stairway (between the Williams Stables and the Masonic Temple on Eureka) has greater use and is in worse condition.

Alderman Hidahl moved to approve Resolution 19-12 with an amended scope of work to shift the project to the Central Stairway project and was seconded by Alderwoman Laratta. The Resolution passed unanimously.

Public Forum

Mayor Fey opened the floor to the public for anyone who wished to speak to the council on any items not on the agenda. No one chose to address the Council at that time.

Mark your calendars

Mayor Fey adjourned the regular meeting at 8:48 p.m. The next regular Council Meeting will be Tuesday, May 21, 2019.

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